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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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Does stress really make your hair go gray faster?

When Marie Antoinette showed up for her date with the guillotine with gray hair, it was believed that her hair color changed overnight as she stressed about her fate. Does this old wives' tale hold truth?

How do my sleep habits change as I age?

People say they "slept like a baby" for a reason -- newborns sleep deeply and often. But that's not the case for the older crowd. Why does quality of sleep seem to take a hit as we age?

What do free radicals have to do with aging?

One theory of aging holds that unstable molecules are the cause, as they scavenge cells trying to snatch up the one missing piece to their makeup. How do we stop these greedy little electron thieves?

10 Stereotypes About Aging (That Just Aren't True)

Do you imagine getting creakier and crankier as you get older? The way you view aging influences how you age. So what aging myths can be busted?

What's sarcopenia and what can you do about it?

It turns out that the ravages of old age -- the wrinkles, the loss of coordination and motor skills, the stooped posture -- has a name. It's called sarcopenia, and it can be avoided.

Healthy Aging Pictures

Aging happens to everyone, although we like to do our best to avoid it. Take a look at these health aging pictures for some fun and healthy ways to age gracefully.

Do short people live longer?

Short people might get the short end of the stick in some activities, but they (literally) may have the last laugh. New research claims short people may outlive everyone.

Which country's people have the longest life expectancy and why?

The U.S. is 42nd in life expectancy in the world. Who has the highest life expectancy, and how do they live longer than everyone else?

The Aging Process

Knowing how and why your body changes with age can help you prevent certain conditions and slow down the aging process. Learn about the anatomical and sensory effects of aging.

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.

How does the aging process affect driving ability?

In November 2006, a judge's ruling on an elderly man convicted of vehicular manslaughter raised questions about seniors being safe drivers.

How does aging work?

The human body goes through a variety of changes as it gets older. Take a look at some of the common external signs of aging and ways to reduce the effects of aging.