I was just telling someone the other day that it seems like when we start figuring out this thing called life, it’s over with. I would not mind having an extra 10, 20 or 50 years of reasonably good health in order to take advantage of what little I have learned. For me, I would spend those years cultivating my relationships with my family, friends and kids. What I have learned along the way is that other than the relationship with my Creator, nothing else really matters.
In a discovery that Science magazine hailed as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of 2011, researchers from the Mayo Clinic published results showing they could markedly delay the onset of age-related diseases in mice by killing off the rodents’ senescent cells. Senescent cells have stopped dividing and accumulate as organisms age. Though seemingly dormant, they’re not: Just as old cars in junkyards can leak oil for years, they emit harmful substances that appear to fuel many of the diseases that strike older people.