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Do eunuchs live longer?

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 Posted 10/1/2012 2:23:19 AM
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http://www.care2.com/causes/oh-nuts-eunuchs-live-longer.html


"An extra 19 years to your life in exchange for the family jewels. Sound like a fair trade lads?

I didn’t think so, but a study of hundreds of years of Korean family records has turned up a surprising, if teeth-gritting, tidbit: there’s evidence to suggest eunuchs may live considerably longer than their intact counterparts.

A study published in the journal Current Biology tells that researchers tracked the lives of 81 eunuchs from the Chosun Dynasty, which ruled in Korea from 1392 to 1897, and compared this, the only known complete record of eunuchs’ lives, with the genealogical records of other men of a similar social rank.

What they found was quite astounding. On average, eunuchs lived to be 70 years old, an additional 14 to 19 years beyond the average for non-castrated men.

In fact, three of the 81 eunuchs lived to be over 100 years old which put the rate of “centenarians,” or those that lived for a century or more, at almost 130 times above that of other men."




I sometimes question the idea of boosting hormones and so forth as one ages.  Could it be that after a certain age that calorie restriction and reduction of hormone use or boost would result in longer life?

Basically going into biochemical cruise control....???   You are done reproducing and fighting...so you "cruise" for longevity?


Some issues as far as the quality of that life though?







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 Posted 10/1/2012 4:33:52 AM
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The idea has been brought up that the decline of hormones that occurs with aging is the body's way of protecting the whole organism from the long term effects of these hormones.  It is known, for example, that hGH, while improving some signs of health, accelerates the aging process.  Of course, poor quality of life would reduce the desirability of an extended life span.  Many women, for example, would rather face a possible increased risk of breast cancer caused by HRT than endure the ravages of menopause. 

OTOH:

"How well I remember the aged poet Sophocles, when in answer to the question, How does love suit with age, Sophocles, -- are you still the man you were? Peace, he replied; most gladly have I escaped the thing of which you speak; I feel as if I had escaped from a mad and furious master. His words have often occurred to my mind since, and they seem as good to me now as at the time when he uttered them. For certainly old age has a great sense of calm and freedom; when the passions relax their hold, then, as Sophocles says, we are freed from the grasp not of one mad master only, but of many."

- Plato, Republic


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So why bother with Hormone Replacement ?  and why is anyone touting Higher levels of Testosterone or DHEA for anti aging ??

  I'm 48yrs old, have been taking DHEA 50 mg for about 4 months. I feel great, It really seems to help me.  am I lowering my lifespan ??

       my total testosterone is 570 and FREE Testosterone is 79.  should it be lower or higher ?    any advice ?

       I get regular blood testing and everything is great. No prostate problems at all.
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Welcome to the Forums, Mr Mollo.

My statement that began with "The idea has been brought up . . . ," indicates that this is a hypothesis concerning the decline of hormones that occurs with aging. 

One might counter that by listing all of the associations of diminished hormone production with various adverse health conditions.  And if the body was protecting itself by reducing hormones, why does health still decline with age?  Or could some hormones, like cortisol or hGH, be detrimental for the most part, and others be beneficial? Furthermore, some are detrimental only in some conditions. 

In other words, scientists are not in agreement concerning hormone replacement in aging individuals. 

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