- [...] will progressively deteriorate over time, whether due to normal bodily wear or lifestyle choices such as exercise or eating habits.
But doesnt this fail to mention perhaps the most important reason? genes!
"bodily wear" doens't include this, because it's not "normal".
In pathology, diseases are morphologically classified as inflammatory, neoplastic or degenerative. Any descriptive terms containing '-itis' or '-oma' mustn't therefore be classified as degenerative, because they always designate an inflammatory or neoplastic entity, respectively. Therefore, 'prostatitis' and others are not degenerative diseases.
Genetic factors may underlie any of these morphological categories, because they concern the etiology of a disease (i.e. what causes it) and not its morphology (i.e. how its looks like). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:58, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
I took the liberty of removing the link to Vegan nutrition, because I really don't see in which way it is related to degenerative diseases, at least not any more than other eating habits - but then we can't have every type of nutrition linked from this page, can we? 126.96.36.199 (talk) 17:49, 5 October 2011 (UTC)