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Conversation With Chris Shade, PhD: The Difference Between Aging And Longevity

Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal (IMCJ):Let's start by discussing a little bit about the difference between aging, which we all are going to age, and longevity. They're really different. Dr. Shade: Well, they're really two sides of one coin. There is your numberic age, and your biological age. Biological aging describes this continuous breakdown in the robustness of your cellular health, of your biochemistry. And as one thing or another winds down, you'll have compensatory mechanisms that kick in. As you age, chronic inflammation in your body winds up, while your ability to burn substrates and produce energy declines, and the communication between the mitochondria and the nucleus also declines. With biological aging, your feeling of wellness and your biochemical integrity begins to slide downhill.

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