Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports a new study that has found a new connection in the brain that might reverse physiological and cognitive components of aging in humans.
As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/anti-aging/hormonally-reversing-the-aging-process) people have been unsuccessfully trying to defy the aging process for decades. But researchers now believe that the hypothalamus may hold the key to everlasting youth. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the University of Yeshiva, found that they hypothalamus controls the aging process in mice. Therefore what the researchers discovered could possibly be true in the human population as well.
The report was published in Nature and may lead to the development of new treatment options to defend against diseases associated with aging thus helping people to live longer, healthier lives.
While the hypothalamus is a very small structure in the brain, it is an important structure that is responsible for a number of vital functions in the body. It produces hormones that control the sleep-wake cycle as well as body temperature, hunger, thirst, emotional response and sex drive.
In addition to controlling these functions in the body, the hypothalamus is responsible for releasing hormones from many glands in the body, especially the pituitary gland.
As aging occurs, changes occur to the inflammation levels in various body tissues. Inflammation is also a key characteristic in many diseases associated with aging, including metabolic syndrome, heart disease, neurological disease and several forms of cancer.
Previous research conducted by Dongsheng Cai, M.D., Ph.D. and colleagues has shown that changes in the hypothalamus involving inflammation can contribute to metabolic syndrome. Due to the connection between inflammation and aging, and with inflammation and the hypothalamus, Dr. Cai and his colleagues were interested in how inflammation in the hypothalamus may be involved in the aging process.
Inflammation involves a number of different molecules and a protein complex called NF-kB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells). This is at the center of the inflammation process. Because of the significant role that NF-kB plays in inflammation, Dr. Cai and colleagues focused on this protein complex for their current study.
The researchers found that activating the NF-kB protein complex in mice dramatically accelerated the aging process. These results were based on physiological, cognitive and behavioral test factors, where decreases in cognitive and physiological abilities are associated with aging. Results showed that the mice had decreased muscle strength and size, decreased elasticity of skin and a decreased ability to learn new tasks. On the other hand, mice that had a NF-kB pathway blocked in their hypothalamus had slower aging rate and about a 20 percent increased lifespan.
Recent research has possibly found new ways to fight against aging and the decline of brain function that often accompanies aging. Preventing the hypothalamus from creating inflammation by blocking the NF-kB pathway, and increasing neurogenesis with GnRH injections, are two possible strategies that might help people to live longer, healthier lives. This research brings hope to all of those individuals looking for timeless youth.
(SOURCE: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2013, May 1). Hypothalamus: Brain region may hold key to aging. ScienceDaily.)
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