Tag: chronic illness

Climbing Everest is So Much Like Aging That the Mayo Clinic is Headed There To Do Research

By Valerie Ross | April 18, 2012 11:37 am

Mount Everest is often the site of impressive physical feats, as climbers brave brutal conditions to scale the tallest peak in the world. But the extreme altitude takes quite a toll on the body, causing hypoxia, muscle loss, sleep apnea, and other ill effects. Many of the same symptoms are more commonly found in elderly patients suffering from heart conditions or other chronic ailments—meaning Everest provides a natural laboratory for researchers to gain a better understanding of these diseases.

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