In addition to marking the end of summer and bringing cooler weather in many places, September is Healthy Aging Month and a great time to think about how you can age like a fine wine. Your heart is perhaps the most important organ in your body and if you want it to take care of you, you need to take care of it. Like much of the rest of your body, it requires additional attention as you age. So what can you do to improve your heart’s health?
For starters, you can be more mindful of what you eat and how you eat it. Different foods contain different nutritional values, and eating faster is associated with higher risks of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Exercise also goes a long way toward maintaining your heart, as more exercise correlates with reduced risk of heart disease. Whether it’s working out with a personal trainer or even just walking a bit each day, every bit of physical activity can help keep you healthy.
By proactively taking steps toward better heart health, you can reduce the chances that you’ll one day need a transplant. This is good not only because of the reduced risk to yourself, but also because it can help increase the already-scarce supply of hearts available for transplant. There are not enough to go around and by preserving yourself, you can potentially help others.
That’s one way you can help. As for us, we’re working to 3D bioprint a full-size human heart viable for transplant. By doing this using a patient’s own cells, we can potentially eliminate the challenge of organ rejection in addition to increasing the supply available for transplant. This two birds, one stone solution can save millions of lives worldwide.
Before we can do that, we need to 3D bioprint a mini-heart to validate our technology and our process. While it’s a mini-heart, make no mistake: it will have a huge impact on global medicine and serve as a stepping stone to the larger product. So another way you can help is by investing in the development of these hearts, since the only way it’s possible is with support from people who believe in our technology’s life-saving potential.