Can Stems Cells and Regenerative Medicine allow you to live to 200?
by Lena Shaw, on Aug 2, 2018 10:47:32 AM
Over the past 200 years, human life expectancy has been increasing steadily. In the early 20th century, this increase was due to improvements in areas such as sanitation and medicine - reducing the number of early and mid-life deaths. But since the 1950s, science and medicine has been focused on reducing "late-life mortality", or combating aging and age-related diseases.
In the past few decades, we have learned much more about the interplay of our environment and our genetics in our health. By focusing on areas such as nutrition and exercise, we've been able to push the needle forward and live healthier, longer lives.
But is there an upper limit to human life? And can we control our healthspan and lifespan? That's the focus of many who are looking to see what lies ahead in medicine, with a firm belief that humanity has just seen the tip of the iceberg in what's possible for our health.
Silene mentor and customer, TA McCann, is one of those believers. TA is the Managing Director of Pioneer Square Labs, co-founded startup Senosis Health (which sold to Google last year), worked with Providence Health as an entrepreneur in residence, and was a professional sailor and collegiate athlete. TA recently launched a new podcast about human longevity, "How to Live to 200" to explore the latest in cutting edge medicine - and to see what's next.
Our very own CEO and co-founder, Alex Jiao, PhD, was invited to the show as an expert in regenerative medicine to answer questions on stem cells and stem cell therapy. What are stem cells and what do they do for us? How can stem cells be used to treat ailments and diseases? Why does it matter what age your stem cells are? If you've ever wondered about these questions in regenerative medicine - or how to turn your blood into beating heart cells - tune into Alex's episode.