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How human body ages?

How human body ages?
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Japanese researchers have discovered metabolites that are specifically related to aging and shed light on how the human body ages. Metabolites,...

Tokyo: Japanese researchers have discovered metabolites that are specifically related to aging and shed light on how the human body ages. Metabolites, substances that are created during metabolism, can provide a wealth of information about an individual's health, disease, diet, and life-style.

The results of the study identified some metabolites in the blood that increased or decreased in the older adults.The researchers found 14 age-related metabolites. Half of these decreased in elderly people and the other half increased.Antioxidants and metabolites related to muscle strength decreased in the elderly, whereas metabolites related to declining kidney and liver function increased.

"Of the 14 compounds, half of the them had decreased in elderly people. The decrease was found in antioxidants and in compounds related to muscle strength. Therefore, elderly people had less antioxidants and less muscle strength," said lead researcher Yanagida, professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan.

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