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Aging Process

Aging is a process everyone goes through. See how the aging process affects the body and learn what causes aging.

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What causes aging?

Genes and environment are just two of many factors that determine how our bodies age. And life experiences and habits can also have a positive and negative effect on us. Find out what causes our bodies to change in different ways as we age.


One in Six Say They'd Rather Die 'Young.' What Age Is That?

And here's the thing: How long you want to live is linked to how long you do actually live. See more »

Life Expectancy for White Women in U.S. Decreases

It dropped by only about a month, but that's the first time a decrease has happened in the century or so that the CDC has been tracking these things. See more »

Winning Elections Causes Leaders to Age Faster, Die Sooner than Runners-Up

Looking at historical data over hundreds of years, scientists compared the average life span of national election winners to that of their closest runners-up. See more »

When will average life expectancy hit triple digits?

No one knows when the Grim Reaper will knock. (Except the characters in "Game of Thrones" — just assume he's on his way.) But considering our medical progress, are we on track for an average of 100+ birthday candles each? See more »

What is the future of human life expectancy?

Do you want to live to 100? How about 1,000? There are some experts in the field of aging who think it's possible. Is that realistic, or are we fooling ourselves looking for immortality? Let's take a look. See more »

The 5 Most Important Things to Know About Aging

If we can learn how the body works, there's no reason why we can't live to 100 and beyond-with the vigor of someone half that age. Learn about the five things to know about aging in this article. See more »

How are telomeres and aging related?

Humans have been looking for an aging cure as long as we've had recorded history. But whether it's special water, plastic surgery or another flavor of anti-aging remedy, the fountain of youth has eluded us. Here, learn how telomeres and aging are related. See more »

5 Myths About Aging and Your Health

We're all getting older, but aging isn't something to fear or worry about. Many of the negative things we hear about what happens as we age, and that we accept as fact, simply aren't true. Here, we'll dispel five common myths about aging and your health. See more »

5 Most Surprising Age-related Health Changes

Aging, like change, is a part of life. So it should be no surprise that changes will happen as we grow older. Some will require adjustments and won't be fun, but it's not all gloom and doom. See more »

5 Ways Your Health Gets Better As You Age

Before you spend another night in bed staring at the ceiling and bemoaning the passage of time, keep in mind that some things can benefit your health and well-being as you get older. Here, we've found five ways your health gets better as you age. See more »