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Next Avenue: Improving this one thing could be the key to ultimate health

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is part of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging series, The Business of Aging. The essays are a companion piece to the center’s new report, Silver to Gold: The Business of Aging.

Let’s envision a model for healthy, functional longevity based on evaluating and improving the body’s bioresilience.

Bioresilience is the body’s capacity to respond to stress. One way to visualize bioresilience is to imagine a Weeble, the toy that self-centers when pushed.

How aging and bioresilience are connected

Evolution selects for increasing bioresilience, and it and so effective during youth that we notice it more by its decline after midlife when recovery from biologic stress — whether it’s a late night, hangover, jet lag, cough, injury, wound or a roller-coaster ride —diminishes.

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