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All Quotes by author - S. Jay Olshansky
" Ageing is very rare. We only see it in humans and laboratory animals and in zoo animals and in our pets. Basically, organisms that are protected from the external world. Once you create that protection, you live long enough to see ageing. "
" A lifetime of low calories has come naturally to the longest-lived people in the world... in the Japanese archipelago of Okinawa. "
" A lot of people are living in a dream world - they want to deny that aging occurs or believe it doesn't have to occur. They'll hold on to this belief until the moment they die. The reality will eventually hit them. "
" As long as humans have existed, we have always desired to live longer. Every society, every religion, every culture. Of course, they all failed at dramatic life extension. "
" As soon as a handful of scientists come up with an intervention shown to influence aging in other species, they begin selling it as an intervention for humans, even though there may not be evidence it works. "
" Death is a zero sum game for which there is no cure. "
" Do we really want to continue to push out the envelope of survival only to see other things crop up that we may not like? "
" Exercise is roughly equivalent to an oil lube and a filter for a car. You don't have to do it, but when you do, it makes the car run a lot better. "
" Exercise is roughly the only equivalent of a fountain of youth that exists today, and it's free to everyone. "
" Find a way to get a full-body massage every day. "
" Fixing obesity is going to require a change in our modern relationship with food. I'm hopeful that we begin to see a turnaround in this childhood obesity epidemic. "
" Growing new limbs, copying internal organs like a Xerox machine, exponential increases in computing power, better eyes and ears - I could read stories like this endlessly. "
" How long you live is less important than how healthy you are along the way. "
" Humans will die like all living things do, but we have the added burden of knowing that we will. "
" I don't have a fear of aging or a fear of death. "
" If we do everything right, the best we can do is live out our potential with as little age-related disease and disability as possible. "
" If you can slow the biological process of aging, even a minor slowdown in the rate at which we age yields improvements in virtually every condition of frailty and disability and mortality that we see at later ages. "
" If you do an autopsy on an 85-year-old who died of a stroke, you will find five other things that person was about to die from. "
" I have little doubt that gerontologists will eventually find a way to avoid, or more likely, delay, the unpleasantries of extended life. "
" I'm not sure the least educated members of the population are missing out on the advances in medical technology as much as they are adopting harmful behavioral habits that shorten their life. "
" In centenarians and supercentenarians - people over 110 - you see a higher level of fecundity much later in life. "
" In Genesis 6:3, it says man can live to be 120, but there is no scientific basis for it. "
" In Hollywood they're getting younger, but believe me, it's not the food. It's the plastic surgery. "
" In the developed world, we live 30 years longer, on average, than our ancestors born a century ago, but the price we pay for those added years is the rise of chronic diseases. "
" Just because someone looks old doesn't mean he or she is. The skin of some people who spend a lot of time outdoors seems to age very rapidly. Someone can look 80 or 90 and only be 40 to 50. "
" Lifespan extension has never really been a goal of aging science, nor should it. "
" Older people may have always existed throughout history, but they were rare. "
" Once DNA acquires the ability to persist forever, the carriers become disposable. Essentially, our bodies are designed to last long enough to reproduce. "
" Once you avoid the things that accelerate aging like smoking, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and excessive sun exposure, you've done about as much as you can to influence your aging process. "
" Our concepts of aging really should be blurring because there are plenty of people who make it to older ages who aren't really any different in many ways than people who are decades younger. "
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