Aging is a logarithmic risk function for not one but a whole variety of diseases: cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, etc. For example, high cholesterol raises the risk of heart attack by three-fold, whereas old age raises the risk by 1000-fold.
The very old (centenarians) not only live to be old but also avoid early onset of almost all the above diseases; and when they do die, the very old go relatively quickly. By targeting fundamental aging factors, researchers hope to delay or prevent the onset of all age-related diseases simultaneously.
In this series, which he also teaches at Temple/OLLI, Dr. Pomerantz lectured, used videos to explore the research, and answered participants' questions.