For centuries, explorers scavenged the earth searching for the fountain of youth… but what exactly were they looking for? And why were they so afraid of growing old?
Most likely, they had fears just like us. The serious stuff: disease, pain, suffering… as well as the vanity items: wrinkles and saggy skin. Many of us associate aging with disease and sickness, since we've seen many people suffer tremendously from illness as they age. After all, since 1910, heart disease has been the leading cause of death every year except 1918–1920, when the influenza epidemic took its disastrous toll. Since 1938, cancer has held the second leading cause of death.