The well-known French physician, biochemist, and physicist Etienne-Emile Baulieu, inventor of the birth-control pill and the abortion pill RU 486, has recently discovered the "pill of youth". Its scientific name is DHEA and corresponds biochemically to de-hydroepiandrosterone of the human organism. The longer we live, the less DHEA we have. After taking this "wonder pill" depressions stay away, people feel physically and mentally more capable and overall more content. The memory is supposed to remain unimpaired, sexual appetite and the desire for physical exercise remain intact, and the substance is good for collagen and elastic fibres as well as for skin moisture. But, we should never forget: all medicine is also poison.
The administration of somatotropine can biochemically decelerate the processes of ageing: fat cells are reduced and muscle cells are stimulated. Such cures can cost a fortune, however: j 10,000-15,000 (US $12,000-18,000) per year. Sex hormones are glorified as true "beauty elixirs". Oestrogen promotes hydronic acid, collagen, and elastine fibres and combats free radicals, osteoporosis, and hair loss. Testosterone tightens the epidermis and the connective tissue.
But hormones should be treated with caution. Hormone replacement therapy must not mislead patients into swallowing "lifestyle pills" uncontrollably because they increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, a thromboembolic event, as well as breast and prostate cancer. The Woman's Health Initiative (WHI) study in the USA involving 16,000 female test persons who were on long-term oestrogen-gestagen therapy was recently abandoned owing to the frequency of these complications. For these reasons, a hormone cocktail should only be prescribed with caution, on an individual basis, and should be monitored by an experienced endocrinologist.
In the meantime we should try to manage by using conventional means and by changing our life style. We should change our diet: reduce calories, drink a lot of water, eat a portion of fruit and vegetables five times a day, take vitamins and mineral nutrients, and consume honey, milk, and organic yogurt. The last meal of the day should be taken by 5 p.m.
Antiageing cosmetics are being continuously developed. The transporters used to convey the active in gredients through the skin include liposomes, oleo-somes, nanocapsules, microspheres, and telomerase. Vitamins such as retinoic acid and D-panthenol are regarded as skin regenerators. Terproline, melatonin, phytohormones, and various moisturizers are used to rejuvenate and regenerate the skin (hyaluronic acid, the amino acids glycin, allantoin, hypotaurin, etc.). Common herbal ingredients include algae, aloe vera, avocado, borage seed oil, ginkgo, soya beans, jojoba oil, and grapes.
Your own life expectancy can be estimated from the age your parents reach. Generally speaking, you are as old as your joints and vessels. But a young spir it at old age is a wonderful rejuvenator. And finally, the wisdom of growing old does not lie in eternal youth, but in growing old sensibly. One should not add the years to life, but life to the years. To speak once again with the words of the poet Dusan Radovic: "It is great to be young, but it is no less of an achievement to have grown old."
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