Inflammation and free radicals are two of the biggest causes for aging. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage other molecules in the body by stealing their electrons. Inflammation is the body's natural defense against infection, but an excess of inflammation can lead to more free radicals. An excessive amount of free radicals will cause more inflammation, leading to a vicious cycle and rapidly increased aging.
It starts slowly - an extra body ache here, a lapse in memory there. Then, you begin to wonder how you ever managed without that afternoon nap. We all feel the effects of aging, but it tends to affect some people more than others. This process is called accelerated aging, and as it settles in, years of vitality slip away from you. But there is no need to be fatalistic and just resign yourself to accelerated aging. With a little understanding and a few preventative measures, you can age more gracefully than many of those around you.