Background: Accumulation of various damages is considered the primary cause of aging
throughout the history of gerontology. No progress has been made in extending animal lifespan
under the guidance of this concept. This concept denies the existence of longevity genes, but it has
been experimentally shown that manipulating genes that affect cell division rates can increase the
maximum lifespan of animals. These methods of prolonging life are unsuitable for humans because
of dangerous side effects, but they undoubtedly indicate the programmed nature of aging.
Objective: The objective was to understand the mechanism of programmed aging to determine how
to solve the problem of longevity.
Methods: Fundamental research has already explored key details relating to the mechanism of programmed
aging, but they are scattered across different fields of knowledge. The way was to recognize
and combine them into a uniform mechanism.
Results: Only a decrease in bioenergetics is under direct genetic control. This causes many different
harmful processes that serve as the execution mechanism of the aging program. The aging rate
and, therefore, lifespan are determined by the rate of cell proliferation and the magnitude of the decrease
in bioenergetics per cell division in critical tissues.
Conclusion: The mechanism of programmed aging points the way to achieving an unlimited
healthy life; it is necessary to develop a means for managing bioenergetics. It has already been substantially
studied by molecular biologists and is now waiting for researchers from gerontology.