The power to age well is within our reach. Less than 20% of our aging is preprogrammed within our DNA, while the rest is highly influenced by our lifestyle and life choices. Stored in a woman’s reproductive tract are powerful signals that significantly impact the health and wellbeing of her generations to come. For women the gene-environment connection, or epigenome, plays a powerful role in shaping her offspring’s health destiny.
While the science of aging is complex, there are four primary pillars underlying our capacity to age well. We can proactively strengthen these four pillars to extend our healthspan and lifespan. And for women, these four factors serve as posts to the gates of health and longevity for her generations to come. Indeed, women are gatekeepers to aging.