Aging and Hypothalamic Regulation of Metabolic, Autonomic, and Endocrine Function

  • C. Robert Almli


The aging process is a complex and mysterious phenomenon that appears to affect all mammals as they evolve through senescence and ultimately death. During the aging process, widespread and heterogeneous changes may occur in a variety of functions including cognitive, mental, sensory, motor, metabolic, autonomic, and/or endocrine function. In spite of the fact that a variety of functions may be affected during the aging process, there are tremendous individual and species differences with respect to the pattern of functional changes displayed during aging, and furthermore the functional changes associated with aging may be displayed in a heterogeneous fashion within individuals, i.e., the whole body does not age at the same rate. The widespread and diverse nature of the functional changes that may be associated with aging underscores the complexity of the aging process. This complexity has served to reinforce the notion that aging, and the rate of aging, are products of some genetic program-environment interaction.


Aging Process Endocrine Function Lateral Hypothalamic Hypothalamic Regulation Hypothalamic Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Robert Almli
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Preventive Medicine, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Psychology, Programs in Occupational Therapy and Neural SciencesWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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