Aging: Is It A Disease? Part II

Sunday, September 23, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

The article below is continued from the first part, Aging: Natural Process or Disease? Feel free to read the previous article before reading the continuation.

Many medical conditions are age-related. Called degenerative diseases, these rear their head after the prime of our lives have gone by. Doctors and researchers try their best to offer comfort to patients plagued by these conditions, but there is no definite way to halt aging in its tracks.


Aging gracefully or entertaining vanity: Our aim must be to make the most of life, not merely to prolong it.

We will all grow up and grow old. It is just a matter of time. No matter how much moisturizer we put on, our skin will betray our age soon enough. Maybe we can mask it a little for now, but these things have a way of catching up with us.

Aging: The Urge to Intervene

Doctors succeed once in a while to offer a temporizing solution to aging. For instance, tretinoin is a topical drug that actually undoes wrinkles, although only to a certain extent. A healthy diet full of antioxidants and flavonoids keeps radical cell damage at bay, helping cells remain young and healthy.

Our hearts beat about two to three billion times before they throw in the towel. Our skin is washed daily, stretched, scrubbed, and exposed to harsh elements regularly, but it will outlast most of the clothes in our closets. Come to think of it, even in old age, our bodies would have been in exemplary shape, considering the lifetime of abuse they have withstood.

Everything comes full circle. We complete a cycle that is beyond and above our capacity to comprehend. And we have to remember that whatever we do to our bodies, our aim must be to make the most of life, not merely to prolong it.

Why live longer if we can’t live better?

Agreed, we are just human and we fall prey to our own vanity. Dying our roots black to hide the white is tempting and perfectly acceptable. But there must be something deeper to our quest for youth. Why live longer if we can’t live better? What for is a wrinkle-free face if it means there are no traces of a smile?

The image of growing old needs an overhaul. It is not as bad as we think. Maybe walking up the stairs and peeing will no longer be as easy-breezy decades down the line, but it is these discomforts that prove our resilience.

We can’t be forever young. But we can try to stay young at heart by appreciating life – even the unsightly wrinkles and white hair – and we can do something worthy of being remembered forever. That way, even if we are not immortal, memories of us will be.

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Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!