Hormesis, aging and longevity

Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009 Oct;1790(10):1030-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2009.01.004. Epub 2009 Jan 22.


The beneficial effects of mild stress (or hormetic effects) on aging and longevity have been studied for several years. Mild stress appears to slightly increase longevity, delay behavioral aging, and increase resistance to some stresses. However, not all stresses have such beneficial effects and, for the time being, only a few studies have been done in mammals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / physiology
  • Adaptation, Physiological / radiation effects
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Cold Temperature
  • Hot Temperature
  • Humans
  • Longevity / physiology*
  • Radiation, Ionizing
  • Stress, Physiological / physiology*