Sexual Frustration Leads to Accelerated Aging: Sex is the Answer

No more sexual frustration here

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The University of Michigan has given the world a new reason to never be a sexual tease: causing sexual frustration is tantamount to murder! In a study involving fruit flies, scientists found that the key to a long and healthy life might be sex.

The scientists placed normal male fruit flies in a tank flooded with genetically modified male fruit flies. These particular male fruit flies were genetically altered to release a female pheromone. As far as the normal fruit flies knew they were surrounded by beautiful female fruit flies ready and rearing to aid in the compost bin colony’s plan of colonial expansion. The only problem is that they couldn’t  see, hear, or feel the females. They couldn’t at all perceive the fruit fly goddesses that were surely laying all around them (which is probably for the best since fruit flies have toxic sperm). Needless to say, this situation has ‘sexual frustration’ written all over it.

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The male fruit flies, perceiving the sexual pheromone but unable to mate, experienced

more stress and rapid decreases in fat stores and resistance to starvation. The sexually frustrated flies lived shorter lives. Mating, on the other hand, partially reversed the negative effects on health and aging.

So, let’s review:

Or fruit flies surrounded by untouchable mates! www.someecards.com

Or fruit flies surrounded by untouchable mates! http://www.someecards.com

Abstinence leads to stress, a skinny frame, a short life, and possible starvation.  Sex on the other hand leads to none of that and comes with a bonus pleasure surge. Tough choice.

Ladies and gentlemen, in conclusion, all of us are responsible for causing as little sexual frustration as possible. I’m glad that’s settled.

Another study using fruit flies found that in many instances, due to a toxin in the pheromone, just being around the opposite sex can cause a shortened lifespan in both sexes.  According to the study,

Their movements slowed, their bodies deteriorated, and their lifespans shortened by some 20 percent.

So what do sexual frustrations in  fruit fly studies have to with us genetically superior humans? Surprisingly, biological discoveries made in fruit flies carry over to other mammals like rodents and humans quite often. Scientists also use fruit flies because they only live for around 60 days. Due to their short lifespans scientists can view changes over hundreds of generations in a relatively short amount of time. Using the advantage of a short lifespan, scientists have even been able to view evolution take place before their eyes.

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Sure, sex alone couldn’t make the fruit fly an immortal animal, but if a little love has even the slightest potential for extending our lives and keep us young, I say avoid unnecessary sexual frustration and find a friend to share some joy. Just be safe!

This study adds to the growing body of information concerned with finding a way to retain our youth into old age and extend our lives. It is a major human desire, ubiquitous across centuries of our past. The key could be anything, including technological advances, low-carb diets, fastingnuts, or the upcoming singularity. It’s time to add sex to that list and remove as much sexual frustration as possible.

I will live FOREVER!!!  sciencecenter.tumblr.com

I will live FOREVER!!! sciencecenter.tumblr.com

Sources:

http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201311/fruitflysex

http://www.genescient.com/research/why-fruit-flies/

https://wondergressive.com/news/immortality-formula-yolf/

https://wondergressive.com/news/the-wonderful-healthier-life-changing-and-life-lengthening-world-of-fasting/

https://wondergressive.com/news/eat-nuts-longer-life/

https://wondergressive.com/news/safe-reversible-cheap-proven-to-work-male-birth-control/

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/28/scent-of-opposite-sex-shortens-lives-of-flies-and-worms/

https://wondergressive.com/news/hydra-immortality-linked-to-human-lifespan/

https://wondergressive.com/news/the-singularity-is-nigh-upon-us-2/

Running Slows Down Aging, Slows Down the Clock

 

New research indicates that running slows down aging by beefing up protection of our DNA, which degenerates over time, causing many of the body’s aging signs. This is because as we age, telomeres, part of DNA that acts like caps on shoelaces, start to diminish and expose our DNA to change and damage. If you are not familiar with what telomeres are, there is an article about it right below:

Related: Aging Process Is Similar to Replicating CDs: Story of Telomeres

How Running Slows Down Aging

New research is finding that aerobic exercise, such as running, swimming and cycling has the ability to slow down the aging of the human body. The already well known benefits of running are improved cardiovascular function, strengthening of the heart, aid in forging healthy eating habits, as well as improvement in insulin control and having a clearer mind. These benefits already show how running slows down aging; by improving our body and mind overall.

Running shows positive signs at any age. But the real key here as to how running slows down the aging process lies in the protection of our DNA and cells:

Human cells divide at an average of 50-60 times in one lifespan. Every time they divide, the cell’s DNA has to be replicated. That way, a new chromosome can form and be used in the newly duplicated cell. However every time a cell duplicates, it comes at a cost. That is, the chromosomes get shorter and shorter. If they get short enough, the chromosomes can have their twining undone and our genetic data gets corrupted. Eventually, that cell dies. – Aging Process Is Similar to Replicating CDs

Related: What Is Autophagy and How It Slows Down Aging

This is why it is important to keep the telomeres, the shoelace caps for our DNA strands, intact as long as possible, and prevent wear and tear. One study found that sedentary people aged 55-72 had relatively short telomeres compared to sedentary 18-32 year olds. But when comparing people in the 55-72 age group who have exercised all their lives, there was no significant difference in the length of the telomeres between younger people and older athletes.2

Want to stay as healthy and spry as a teenager?  Go for a run.

 

Sources:

AGING – HOW RUNNING MAY BE ABLE TO STOP THE CLOCK

LaRocca TJ, Seals DR, Pierce GL. (2009). Leukocyte telomere length is preserved with aging in endurance-trained adults and related to maximal aerobic capacity. Mechanisms of aging and development 131(2):165-167

Autophagy: The Unsung Hero in Slowing Down Aging

 

We’ve been told that antioxidants and resveratrol are the way towards fighting age related diseases, but most people know little about the autophagy process and how beneficial it is to sustaining healthy cells and increasing their survival. Autophagy is the cell repair mechanism that recycles unused or damaged cell components. Here is a better explanation from PubMed:

Autophagy is a self-degradative process that is important for balancing sources of energy at critical times in development and in response to nutrient stress. Autophagy also plays a housekeeping role in removing misfolded or aggregated proteins, clearing damaged organelles, such as mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum and peroxisomes, as well as eliminating intracellular pathogens. Thus, autophagy is generally thought of as a survival mechanism.

 

What this means is autophagy plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy cells, and down regulating it is thought to be one of the main reasons for cell damage and AGING. The truth is that we are just a walking hunk of cells that are sewn together into a four limbed oddity.

The most common form of autophagy is called macroautophagy. The way that this autophagy process works is as follows:

The most well-known mechanism of autophagy involves the formation of a membrane around a targeted region of the cell, separating the contents from the rest of the cytoplasm. The resultant vesicle then fuses with a lysosome and subsequently degrades the contents.

So in the process of macroautophagy your cells are protected and cleaned, leaving them healthy and toxin free.  If you want to learn more about this amazing gem in the constant search for anti-aging methods, please look into these related reads:

Autophagy: cellular and molecular mechanisms

Autophagy and Aging: The Importance of Maintaining “Clean” Cells

 

Sources:

Autophagy

Resveratrol

What is Autophagy?

Wondergressive: Anti-aging Articles

 

Aging Process Is Similar to Replicating CDs: Story of Telomeres

 

Why do we age? What is it that makes us age and grow saggy? How can we bring our youthful glow into adulthood and beyond? These are the questions that most women ask themselves. Joking, scientists and men alike ask the same questions. And you might find your answer in telomeres.

 

Brief Intro to Telomeres

 

Human cells divide at an average of 50-60 times in one lifespan. Every time they divide, the cell’s DNA has to be replicated. That way, a new chromosome can form and be used in the newly duplicated cell. However every time a cell duplicates, it comes at a cost. That is, the chromosomes get shorter and shorter. If they get short enough, the chromosomes can have their twining undone and our genetic data gets corrupted. Eventually, that cell dies.

Fortunately, chromosomes are like shoelaces with plastic caps. These plastic caps are what keep the shoelaces from getting undone. Chromosomes have their own plastic caps too. They are called telomeres. They are the extra DNA strands that a chromosome can afford to lose. They are what keep chromosomes from getting corrupt. So why are we not immortal? This is what an article from the University of Utah has to say about telomeres and division:

Yet, each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell no longer can divide and becomes inactive or “senescent” or dies. This process is associated with aging, cancer and a higher risk of death. So telomeres also have been compared with a bomb fuse.

 

They help to preserve genetic data when cells replicate in order to have fully functional healthy cells. RNA molecules are necessary in the process of copying DNA strands. Telomeres get shorter each time because these small RNA pieces need room on top of newly formed chromosomes.

Without telomeres, the ends of chromosomes would look like broken DNA, and the cell would try to fix something that wasn’t broken. That also would make them stop dividing and eventually die.

Telomerase, Cancer, and Aging

 

So is there something that keeps telomeres from disappearing? Actually there is an enzyme called telomerase. They fit on top of telomeres and are more prevalent in the younger years, however they also eventually disappear.

This is not the case for cancerous cells. Cancer cells activate the telomerase enzymes once the telomeres get dangerously short. This keeps the cancer cell’s DNA intact and allows them to multiply like mad dogs. In fact, measuring telomerase may be a new way to detect new cancer threats. If we learn how to stop telomerase from being activated, we may be able to make cancer cells experience aging just like healthy cells.

 In one experiment, researchers blocked telomerase activity in human breast and prostate cancer cells growing in the laboratory, prompting the tumor cells to die. But there are risks.

Shorter telomeres are related to shorter lives. Unfortunately, there is no strong evidence yet that shows that telomerase can make cells immortal and prevent aging. There is also no strong evidence that raising telomerase levels would also trigger cancerous cells to form.

Laboratory tests have shown though that telomerase was able to keep human cells divide far beyond the average limit without becoming cancerous. If researched further, we can have a future where human cells can be mass produced for transplantation, especially in key roles such as cells that produce insulin for diabetes patients.

Sources:

Genetic Science Learning Center. “Are Telomeres the Key to Aging and Cancer?.” Learn.Genetics 12 March 2013 http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/traits/telomeres/

 

Green Tea Power: Surprising Health Benefits

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Green tea, along with all other types of tea, is one of the most consumed beverages in the world along with water and coffee, and reaps many health benefits! Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called catechins (especially EGCG). They attach to free radicals and remove them from our body. Free radicals are particles that damage our DNA and can accelerate aging of the cells and the body.

Green tea is one type of tea that comes from the camellia sinensis plant, which is what all tea is made from. Alongside of green tea you also have white tea, oolong tea, black tea, and puerh tea. They undergo different fermentation processes, and hence change their color, flavor, and contents accordingly. Green tea is the least fermented so it retains most of the green color.

Dietary Health Benefits

 

  1. High concentration of antioxidants
  • Helps to fight cancer and heart disease
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Helps with weight loss and encourages the body to burn fat
  • Increases metabolic rate with caffeine
  • Makes you feel more full and eat less
  • Helps prevent diabetes and stroke
  • Staves off dimentia

 

Common Types of Japanese Green Tea

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Matcha Tea
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Some people might find this tea to be less palatable due to the grassy taste, but do not worry. There are many varieties of green tea and I am certain that you can find one that will suit your tastes.

Gyokuro – These are the highest quality. They have a very smooth taste and light fragrance. They are moved to the shade before harvesting.

Sencha – This is the most common form of green tea. When you buy a TAZO green tea bags, this is what it contains.

Fukamushi Sencha – Literaly deep steamed green tea; it undergoes a longer steaming process and has a much greener body.

Matcha – This is the powdered form of the tea and is used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It also contains the highest amounts of beneficial compounds because you are digesting the whole leaf that has been crushed down. (Requires some extra utensils)

Houjicha – Houjicha is roasted green tea and hence, has a brown color. It has a nutty flavor and lower caffeine levels for those who get too jittery.

Genmaicha – This is by far my favorite. This tea is also made from sencha that is pan fried. It is then mixed with toasted rice which gives it a very nice roast aroma.

 

Cancer Prevention

According to WebMD and recent health research done by the American Cancer Society, lab results show that green tea’s EGCG regulates cancer growth and kills cells that display abnormal growth. Though human studies have not yet proven this, hope remains.

A study in Japan involving roughly 500 Japanese females with breast cancer found lower cancer recurrence associated with green tea consumption before and after surgery.

Some studies in China also showed that there is less risk of developing stomach, prostate, pancreatic, and colorectal cancer.

Another way that it helps to prevent growth of cancer is by starving the cells. It is one of the consumables that inhibits blood vessel growth to cancer cells which prevents them from attaining nutrients.

 

Sources and Resources for further Learning:

Wikipedia- Catechin

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Wondergressive- All Tea Comes from the Same Plant

TeaDiscussion.com- The Different Types of Green Tea

WebMD- Health Benefits of Green Tea

Low Carb/Low Calorie Diet Produces Compound that Blocks Effects of Aging

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Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered that a low-carb, low-calorie diet delays the detrimental effects of aging by producing a compound called β-hydroxybutyrate (βOHB).

Although ketone bodies such as βOHB can be toxic at high levels for people with illnesses like Type I diabetes,  Gladstone Senior Investigator Eric Verdin explains that lower concentrations of βOHB actually help protect cells from “oxidative stress,” the leading cause of just about every problem associated with aging.

Eric Verdin points out that:

Over the years, studies have found that restricting calories slows aging and increases longevity — however the mechanism of this effect has remained elusive. Here, we find that βOHB — the body’s major source of energy during exercise or fasting — blocks a class of enzymes that would otherwise promote oxidative stress, thus protecting cells from aging.”

The enzymes that are blocked during calorie restriction are called histone deacetylases, or HDACs.  The researchers found that HDACs keep a pair of genes, Foxo3a and Mt2, switched off.  By blocking the activity of HDACs with βOHB through a low-calorie, low-carb diet, the body is able to slow, and often prevent the harmful effects of aging in all cells of the body  through the activation of the gene pair.

Research has also found that a diet with low carbohydrate density, especially diets modeled after ancestral diets, lead to lower obesity rates, in many instances completely eradicating obesity.

Just another reason to say ‘no’ to the tongue’s relentless desires and take control of your body and life.

 

 

 

Sources:

Gladstone Institutes: Gladstone Scientists Discover Novel Mechanism by Which Calorie Restriction Influences Longevity

Wondergressive: The Wonderful, Healthier, Life Changing and Life Lengthening World of Fasting

Wondergressive: Save the Food Pyramid by Cutting it by the Limbs

Wondergressive: Obesity and Low Carb Fads: Where Did We Go Wrong? (Part 1)

Computers Improve and Sustain Mind and Memory of the Elderly

 

Researchers at the The University of Western Australia have discovered that using a personal computer decreases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older men by 40%. The findings are part of a study on men’s health and aging that have followed a group of more than 19,000 men since 1996.

The researchers state that “older people should therefore be encouraged to embrace computer technology as long as they understand the dangers of prolonged physical inactivity and the many advantages of a balanced and healthy lifestyle, the authors write.”

Be patient with Grandma and Grandpa the next time they tell you “my Google is broken.”  You’re prolonging their sanity, and what little remains of yours!