According to Theodore Goldsmith he wrote Aging by Design because, “We cannot hope to understand or most effectively treat and prevent age-related diseases without understanding aging.”
The author covers two modern theories for why we age. He discusses the pros, cons, and implications for each theory.
- In the programmed aging theories, organisms purposely self-limit their lifespans and processes what amount to suicide mechanisms to accomplish this function.
- Aging is the result of the body’s inability to better combat deteriorative processes that affect all organized systems, such as wear-and-tear, oxidation, other molecular damage, or accumulation of toxic byproducts.
Before, reading this book I never considered the benefits of age related research or how that research could help find cures for common diseases that plague mankind. This book was eye-opening and put medical research in a whole new light for me.
I highly recommend this book.