The Only Proven Surefire Way to Stop Aging in its Tracks

By Teresa Amaral Beshwate, MPH

Although many products claim to stop or slow aging, the truth is that there is only one proven way to stop aging in its tracks – which is to not have a pulse. Since most people I know are in favor of having a pulse, that would make us pro-aging. Fans of aging. People who recognize that another birthday is a blessing denied to some. But its also more than that. More time means more opportunity to learn, to grow, to find purpose, to create the next and potentially best chapter yet. Research shows that as we age, we find greater happiness.

I know I’m in the minority, but I can’t figure out why anyone would be “anti-aging.”

The anti-aging industry, expected to bring $216 billion by 2021, is all about fighting, avoiding or denying aging. It functions on the ageist stereotypes that aging equals disease, disability and decline (which research proves false). At its core, anti-aging suggests that old is bad, and young is good.

I believe having more time to live is a good thing. Counter-cultural, I know.

Instead of fighting, avoiding or denying the passing of time, why not exert every single bit of control we have over the future? Why not do everything in our power to shape our future into exactly what we want it to be?

Decades of research shows us how. Most of us know what we should do, but do we do it regularly?

Taking care of our physical bodies, challenging our minds, growing spiritually and nurturing social connections is the way to a long, bright future. Instead of cringing at the thought of growing older, why not redirect that energy toward aging better, on purpose?

Teresa Beshwate