Drugs, clocks and exercise in ageing: hype and hope, fact and fiction

Furrer, Regula and Handschin, Christoph. (2022) Drugs, clocks and exercise in ageing: hype and hope, fact and fiction. Journal of Physiology, 601 (11). pp. 2057-2068.

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Ageing is a biological process that is linked to a functional decline, ultimately resulting in death. Large interindividual differences exist in terms of life- and healthspan, representing life expectancy and the number of years spent in the absence of major diseases, respectively. The genetic and molecular mechanisms that are involved in the regulation of the ageing process, and those that render age the main risk factor for many diseases are still poorly understood. Nevertheless, a growing number of compounds have been put forward to affect this process. However, for scientists and laypeople alike, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction, and hype from hope. In this review, we discuss the currently pursued pharmacological anti-ageing approaches. These are compared to non-pharmacological interventions, some of which confer powerful effects on health and well-being, in particular an active lifestyle and exercise. Moreover, functional parameters and biological clocks as well as other molecular marks are compared in terms of predictive power of morbidity and mortality. Then, conceptual aspects and roadblocks in the development of anti-ageing drugs are outlined. Finally, an overview on current and future strategies to mitigate age-related pathologies and the extension of life- and healthspan is provided.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Associated Research Groups > Pharmakologie (Handschin)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Growth & Development > Growth & Development (Handschin)
UniBasel Contributors:Handschin, Christoph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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