No one likes to age quickly. Most people would opt for living a long and healthy life rather than spend years caught up in illnesses and diseases. The ability to live independently are what make life worth living. The idea of the compression of morbidity would enable individuals to live a healthy life until around the age of 85.
This idea of creating a way for seniors to live a healthy life would not only increase the standard of living, but would also save the United States from $7 trillion in expenses. By providing a way to decrease the chance of aging quickly, this would also benefit an individual from reducing the risk of getting a chronic disease which is often associated with aging.
By studying the aging process, Jon Urbana and other leading scientists are hopeful that this can delay or reduce the chance of any senior contracting a chronic disease from a weak immune system. Scientists believe that the best way to approach this is by target the process that creates the chronic disorder. This includes chronic low-grade inflammation, cellular degradation, as well as damage at the molecular level.
The strategy with these tests is to test a single substance to whether or not it is effectively creating a variety of chronic diseases. As of currently, there have been sixteen different substances that have been tested in different animal models. The results have shown several factors tying this theory together with four of the substances tested.