The clock is ticking by the moment, and you’re getting older by the second.
Now, the question is whether you’re able to live with that.
Even if you’re not, fret not. A clinic in Singapore is aiming to slow down ageing.
Here’s what they’re doing.
A Clinic to Slow Down Ageing
A new diagnostic clinic by the National University Health System (NUHS) Center for Healthy Longevity (CHL) aims to add up to five disease-free years to those aged 21 to 80 in Singapore.
A lofty mission, that’s for sure.
The clinic, expected to be open by early 2023, will be at Alexandra Hospital, where CHL’s main research facility is situated.
That means the clinic will be up and running by next year. That doesn’t mean however, that this has been an easy task so far.
CHL has been laying the groundwork for the clinic since 2019, drawing up plans for preventive ageing healthcare through conducting research on healthy participants.
The centre also aims to discover new biomarkers as yardsticks for ageing.
Well, that’s not a problem if you’re always young at heart.
Jokes aside, the centre is also looking for methods to disrupt the ageing process for a more disease-free life.
CHL’s directors, Professor Andrea Maier and Professor Brian Keith Kennedy, shared that there has been a lack of documentation of South-east Asian populations in clinical ageing research.
Given that the three major races in South-east Asia, Chinese, Malay and Indian, add up to approximately 2.5 billion people and form up to 25 per cent of the world’s population, suffice it to say that CHL’s research findings will be impactful in Asia.
Even that might still be an understatement.
Once the clinic is up and running next year, the referral criteria for patients is 30 years or older, without a chronic age-related disease; and 30-60 years old with one stable age-related disease.
A Focus on Boosting Healthspans instead of Lifespans
The centre’s studies and research are based on geroscience and longevity medicine (it really isn’t rocket science), which place an emphasis on boosting healthspans, not lifespans.
Sorry to burst your bubble there. You really can’t live forever.
But what exactly is a “healthspan”?
Healthspan is determined using one’s biological age, also known as the body’s real age.
And here’s a fun fact: your real age might differ from your chronological age, given that everyone has a different pace of ageing.
Even if you’re aged 20, you could have a biological age of 30. You would never know.
The higher the biological age, the higher the risk of chronic, age-related diseases such as heart ailments and dementia.
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