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There are two main types of age-related disease. One is cancer and the other encompasses metabolic disorders which can lead to heart disease diabetes and kidney damage. Age-related diseases are usually caused by the effects of cellular aging and have been linked to mutations and decay in mitochondria and DNA. These damaging genetic mutations begin to increase in occurrence between the ages of 30 and 40. Research has shown it may be possible to slow or even stop these mutations thereby keeping our bodies vital at the cellular level and preventing the onset of age-related disease. The only regimen ever proven to actually extend life in mammals, but one which most people find hard to follow, is to drastically reduce one’s intake of calories. However, should this prove too difficult, living a healthy lifestyle may be the next best thing.

A small study has recently shown that positive lifestyle changes, including the proper management of diet, exercise and stress promotes longer telomeres. Telomeres are protective caps at the end of chromosomes which prevent the loss of genetic information during cell division. Their length has been linked to diseases such as cancers, stroke, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes. Telomeres, made of DNA and protein, work as a shield for chromosomes, keeping them stable. As we age, chromosomes become shorter and weaker, leading cells to stop dividing and eventually die. Scientists have recently discovered a way to stimulate a potent anti-aging protein in living cells called sirtuins, which are a contributor to telomere maintenance and a universal regulator of aging in virtually all living organisms. Sirtuins help cells survive damage, delay cell death, and seem to halt the normal cellular cycle that ends with old cells self-terminating. Sirtuins help rejuvenate cells by increasing their DNA repair processes and stimulating production of protective antioxidants. According to scientists, consuming a single glass of red wine each day could help one jump-start this DNA repair process. Resveratrol, an antioxidant compound found in grapes, nuts, chocolate and red wine is known to improve heart, muscle and bone functions. In addition to lowering the risk of heart disease, reducing bad cholesterol and preventing blood clots, resveratrol has also been shown to be effective in boosting sirtuin levels, possibly increasing longevity.

Recent research also shows that following a Mediterranean diet and eating an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry and fish rather than lots of red meat, butter and animal fats may be a recipe for a long life because such a diet appears to keep people genetically younger. A new study hints that regular doses of ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, could extended one’s life span by an average of 12 years. Controlling inflammation in the body has long been associated with better health, and ibuprofen appears to slow the body’s metabolism, which has also long been linked with longevity. Our scientific community now claims to know enough to proceed with realistic and practical longevity research, but this is dependent upon the amount of public support and funding it receives.

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  • I oppose reforming current aging policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support sponsoring a bill to increase funding of anti-aging research and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue

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  • I support sponsoring a bill to increase funding of anti-aging research and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider sponsoring a bill to increase funding for anti-aging research.

If elected as a trustee, AAR will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increasing public and private funding for anti-aging research and age-related diseases.

Formed in 1986, the Alliance for Aging Research (AAR) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance believes that advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce healthcare costs over the long term. The Alliance strives to advance science and enhance lives through a variety of activities and initiatives—from policy issues to provider and consumer health programs—that generate knowledge and action on age-related issues. AAR states it has made aging research a fast growing priority for medical research today. Since 1986 federal support for aging research has more than tripled, private research and development in aging-related health has reached an all time high, and new discoveries are making a lasting difference to the lives of millions of Americans. The Alliance fights for legislation that will advance medical breakthroughs by working with policymakers in the nation's capital and across the country; builds coalitions of diverse organizations and individuals to bring visibility and support to health research and its goals; encourages greater funding for the National Institutes of Health and other public health agencies; promotes greater private sector research efforts which complements public funding; and advocates for more research dollars to go to age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and Parkinson's disease, as well as better scientific understanding of the underlying aging process. ARR also creates and disseminates health education materials to health professionals and consumers in a variety of formats.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020