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Researchers have found evidence that the rates of chronic inflammation markers – which lead to the destruction of tissue and serious diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and diabetes – are accelerated by aging. In spite of them increasing as age advances, lower rates were observed in centenarian individuals. Old people who did not have an increase in levels over the years increased their levels of cognition, independence and lifespan.

The conclusion comes from the research group at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing, in the United Kingdom, led by Professor Thomas von Zglinicki. This study shows that, in a large age bracket, including an unprecedented number of very old-age people, inflammation is an important driver of aging. “We can develop a pharmacological treatment for this. The creation, for example, of a safe anti-inflammatory or immune-modulator medication could make human life healthier,” Zglinicki says.

“It’s been known for a very long time that chronic inflammation is associated to the aging process in younger populations, but only recently was it scientifically proven that it causes accelerated aging in mice.” According to him, for the first time, researchers showed that inflammation levels indicate whether mice will have a long life. “This is a strong argument for deducing that chronic inflammation also increases human aging.”

US research data was combined with data from other centers of excellence like the Research Institute on Centenarians in Tokyo, Study of Japanese Semi-Supercentenarians Study, and the Oldest Study on Total Health of Tokyo. At this last Institute, lead researcher, Yasumichi Arai, also agrees that one of the paths for combating aging would be “chronic inflammation suppression”.

Behind this exchanging of scientific data, there is a greater objective of helping humanity achieve a prolonged period of healthy life. As well as reduce the difference between population groups that age quickly and more slowly.

Source New Castle University