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Lengthen Telomeres and Lengthen Life

Lengthen Telomeres and Lengthen Life

 What is a Telomere and how can it lengthen your life? A telomere is part of our cells that affects how our cells age.

It is part of our DNA that actually protects our cells from damage by acting like an “end cap” for each DNA strand protecting our chromosomes so our cells can reproduce. Each time our cells reproduce, the telomere gets shorter and over time, eventually cell division stops. 

Telomeres are considered the “aging clock” for every cell, meaning the longer the telomere, the more time it has left to reproduce and the short telomeres indicate that the cell is closer to dying off. This happens naturally as we age, but other factors can shorten telomeres such as lifestyle.

We know that Stress, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet have the potential to shorten our lifespan but now we have the ability to actually measure the impact of lifestyle choices for each person.

Research from UC San Francisco and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, has shown that lifestyle changes such as meditation, yoga, exercise and stress management can actually lengthen your telomeres, decreasing your chances for chronic disease and suggesting a longer lifespan. The bottom line is that lifestyle changes may lengthen your life and now we can measure it based on the length of your telomeres.

Telomere testing can determine the length of a patient’s telomere in relation to the patient’s age and depending on the results, therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may be prescribed in order to slow aging and age-related diseases.

Telomere testing is available at ILIV. Contact us if you are interested in learning more.