Experts disagree as to whether aging is simply a natural process or we should treat it as a disease. If aging is seen as a diseases, we should be looking for ways to treat it. Not surprisingly, the pharmaceutical industry supports treating aging as a disease.
To be sure, there’s a difference between your biological age and aging. All of us age. We grow older and older over the years. But we don’t all age at the same rate. Put differently, aging happens more rapidly to some of us than others, and we all age in different ways.
People’s physical conditions vary based on age, much like their cognitive abilities. Some of us lose bone mass faster, others are better able to retain memory as the years pass and most of us turn grey in our 50s, while some do not. But does that make aging a disease like other chronic conditions?
Some say aging is a disease. They believe that if aging is seen as a disease, scientists may be more likely to research ways to treat aging. And, some experts believe that at least certain aspects of aging may be treatable, just as we treat heart disease or high blood pressure.
Indeed, a diabetes drug, metformin could extend the life of rodents. If it could extend human life, should it be considered an anti-aging drug? What do you think?