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What are Age-Related Chronic Diseases?

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What are Age-Related Chronic Diseases?

Age-related chronic diseases include conditions which are tightly associated with getting older. They include:

- Heart disease
- Stroke
- Insulin resistance
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia
- Cancer
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Osteoporosis
- Chronic lung disease
- Sarcopenia, or age-related muscle wasting

For the most part, age-related chronic diseases feed off of each other. For example, diabetes promotes heart disease. Obesity promotes cancer. Insulin resistance fuels arthritis. It's a new perspective on an old problem, but entirely reasonable from a physiologic perspective. And the beauty behind it is simple. If we refocus our attention on what matters to promoting health, age-related chronic diseases can largely be prevented.

For a more academic conversation on the possibilities, look for "The Longevity Dividend," edited by Shay Olshansky.