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ageing-associated diseases

Saturday 24 February 2018

ageing-related diseases; senescence-associated diseases; Aging-associated diseases


Definition: An aging-associated disease is a disease that is most often seen with increasing frequency with increasing ageing.

Essentially, aging-associated diseases are complications arising from ageing and senescence.

Age-associated diseases are to be distinguished from the aging process itself because all adult animals age, save for a few rare exceptions, but not all adult animals experience all age-associated diseases.


Examples of aging-associated diseases are atherosclerosis and associated cardiovascular diseases, cancer, arthritis , cataracts , osteoporosis , type 2 diabetes , hypertension and Alzheimer disease.

The incidence of all of these diseases increases rapidly with ageing (increases exponentially with age, in the case of cancer).

See also

- degenerative diseases
- ageing