Why shorter telomeres equals aging
Can I ask you something? Do you know about telomeres?
Awareness of them has been circulating since 2009. It was then when Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and how this may be related to aging.
This is a massive discovery and I get so excited thinking about it, so I wanted to share my thoughts. I am also curious to know what your thoughts are on this subject. Since it is an early discovery and since experiments are continuously trying to find out more, anyone who can lead us to new information would be helpful.
Now I am not a scientist but I am a very passionate person who is obsessed with health and having fun while learning more about our well-being.
So for my friends and family, I will explain the importance of this revelation. If you find it exciting please share this post with your family and friends.
Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes (see the picture at the top of the article). Think of plastic tips at the end of shoelace strings. As time goes by our cells replenish themselves by duplicating. Each time a cell duplicates, the telomeres at the end of our cells get shorter and shorter. When there are no more telomeres, the cell cannot function properly and ages. Eventually the cell will die. This happens more to some organs than others in our bodies.
Now, on the other hand, telomerase is an enzyme that elongates chromosomes. If the telomerase is activated in a cell, the cell will continue to divide and grow.
Our cells are continuously aging.
Telomerase research is ongoing and can yield important discoveries related to the aging process. Scientists are on to something so stay tuned and be on the look out. As they work, we can help ourselves by changing the quality of our lives to activate telomerase so that our telomeres are not shortened so quickly.
I should also mention that recent studies have come to some interesting conclusions.
Smoking, obesity, stress, bad environment, poor diet and no exercise may expedite the shortening of telomeres.
Once I find out more detailed information about all this I will post here. So please stay tuned.
Until then, try to read more about this and learn for yourself how our cells function. Our health and the health of our loved ones should be a priority. Why live in pain? Why not prevent some diseases if we can?
In a similar article called “Want to know how to prevent these age-related diseases? , I write about the possibilities of slowing down age related illnesses.
You can also take a quick look at this video describing the nature of telomeres.
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