Jeffrey Bland, PhD on Age as a Modifiable Risk Factor for Chronic Disease

In this post, we bring you a column from Jeffrey Bland, PhD on aging, published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal. He explores the question of why age is an independent risk factor for all chronic diseases, including heart disease, dementia, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.

Despite the fact that there is no gene or singular cellular process, a great deal of progress has been made in the past decade, primarily that age is now a modifiable risk factor for disease.

Pieces of the puzzle that is the age-disease interrelationship are starting to come together to form a more complete picture of the processes that power this complex dynamic. It will be very exciting to watch the field move forward and to see the power of this concept—that age is a modifiable risk factor—take root and thrive.

In his column, Bland discusses:

  1. Defining Biological Aging,
  2. The Immunometabolic Regulation of Biological
    Aging,
  3. How Lifestyle and Diet Can Influence Biological
    Aging,
  4. The Case for Categorizing Age as a Modifiable Risk Factor

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