An interesting article from the UK’s Daily Express says that in three years you may be able to take a pill that gets your body to mimic the “super-genes” found in people who live to be 100+.
The breakthrough has come after scientists identified three “super-genes”.
People born with the genes are 20 times more likely to reach a century – and 80 per cent less likely to develop the senility disease Alzheimer’s.
Even being overweight or a heavy smoker does not stop a third of those with the genes living to 100.
Now US researchers are working to produce a drug that can mimic the genetic benefits and hope it will be ready for testing within three years. Their work features tonight on a BBC TV documentary.
First off, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to live to be 100.
I can’t say that with complete certainty. How I feel about it at 28 and how I’ll feel later in life may be very different. BUT, have you ever spent time with someone in their late 90’s or older? My experience has been that they want to be done. They’ve outlived all their friends and lots of family.
I hope that if I have been given the “super-genes” that I’ll wear old-age gracefully and with purpose. I pray I won’t wish it away.
However, just pondering what my thoughts are on an ideal time of death, prior to 100 sounds good to me.
One thing I love about this article is that it acknowledges that for 1/3 of people with the super-genes, weight and smoking have not kept them from reaching 100.
This flies in the face of most of the conventional wisdom out there that has pervaded our culture and our church. This wisdom says that we have ultimate control over our health if only we do this, don’t do that, eat this, don’t eat that and on and on and on.
Oh, and by the way, the rules for perfecting your health change every year or month or week. So, you better spend a significant portion of your time researching and following all the health experts. And if you do everything they say, viola: you will have good health.
Except for when you don’t. Except for when you get a cancer diagnosis, or discover you have high blood pressure, or seem to catch every cold virus that comes around.
So maybe the discovery of these “super-genes” will knock some common sense into us in regard to our health. Maybe it will help us to stop obsessing about every piece of hard candy we consume.* Maybe. But I doubt it.
It’s too enticing to believe that we have control over our long lives and then we also get the credit for maintaining our good health. But if we accept the credit, we also have to take the heat for everything gone wrong. I just can’t live that way. Talk about a prescription for anxiety!
So I resolve to do what I can to make my body useful to the Lord, while embracing the Biblical worldview that says our bodies are under a curse until their final redemption. Whether I’ll be granted to do this 5 more years, 50 more years or 75 more, that’s up to the Lord. He has numbered my days.
*Shameless jab at Jamsco’s post from a few days ago.