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Ageing Reveals Many Conceptual Similarities

Ageing is the main risk factors for many degenerative diseases and thesearch for anti-ageing cures has been a quest for humanity since ancient times. It is wellknown that medieval elites were deeply interested in understanding the mechanisms ofageing and in developing anti-ageing interventions to extend healthy lifespan. However, it is little appreciated that many parallels exist between medieval science and currentbiomedical research on ageing: remarkably, similar aspects of human ageing weredeemed interesting and worthy of investigation by both medieval and modernresearchers. In this article, I examine the experiences of medieval Europe that havecontributed to the formation and historical persistence of long-lasting attitudes about theageing process. In particular, I highlight similarities between hypotheses formulated bymedieval scholars and current research themes and interventions that have beenexperimentally proven to combat ageing. Specifically, I report how prominent medievalscholars such as Roger Bacon understood that ageing is a process influenced by bothintrinsic (hereditary) and extrinsic (environmental) factors, and that hormesis, exercise,blood-derived factors, and dietary restriction can delay ageing. Thus, the experimentalevidence recently gathered on the molecular mechanisms of ageing provides answersfor longoutstanding questions that were already formulated by medieval scholars.

 

Citation: Demontis L (2015) Comparative Analysis of Medieval and Modern Scientific Research on Ageing Reveals Many Conceptual Similarities. J Gerontol Geriat Res 4:216. doi: 10.4172/2167-7182.1000216

 
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