CLASSIFYING AGING AS A DISEASE:
Aging is a complex and continuous deterioration of the physiological function of the body leading to the vulnerability of different organs along with many age-related diseases.
The recent arguments for classifying aging as a disease in the context of the upcoming World Health Organization’s 11th International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), expected to be finalized in 2018. It is hypothesized that classifying aging as a disease will result in new approaches for addressing aging as a treatable condition, which will lead to both economic and healthcare benefits for all stakeholders.
Also proposed forming a Task Force to interface the WHO in order to develop a multidisciplinary framework for classifying aging as a disease with multiple disease codes facilitating for therapeutic interventions and preventative strategies.
Keywords: Aging; ICD; Disease classification; WHO; gerontology.
Citation: Zhavoronkov A and Bhullar B (2015) Classifying aging as a disease in the context of ICD-11. Front. Genet. 6:326. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00326