Podcast #15 – How Telomere Length Affects Your Health & Longevity

Telomere length plays a crucial role in longevity and disease. Learn how to protect and lengthen your telomeres to live longer and be healthier. (#vegan) ordinaryvegan.net

A telomere is the DNA sequence at the tip of a cell's chromosome in human beings.

Think of a telomere as a little cap that protects our chromosomes from deterioration which is associated with aging and disease.

Telomere length affects our long-term health and longevity.

Telomeres become shorter with each cell division and can reach a point where they are no longer able to protect the chromosomes, leaving them open to deterioration. This leads to aging and disease development.

So telomeres protect the chromosomes from deterioration and play a crucial role in cell replication.

As we age, our cells divide, and our telomere lengths shorten. In recent years, shorter telomeres have been associated with a broad range of age-related diseases including some forms of cancer, dementia, stroke, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis,  and diabetes.

After 35 years of research, the analysis of telomere length is emerging as a commercial biomarker for aging and disease. In other words, telomeres can tell the future, and there is mounting evidence that scientists may be able to use telomere health for early disease detection.

In today's podcast, we discuss how we can protect and affect the size of our telomeres with food, herbal remedies, and lifestyle changes.

Also, we visit Ordinary Vegan's kitchen for a recipe that is my #1 strategy to healthy holiday eating.  Here is a link to the recipe.

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How Telomere Length Affects Your Health & Longevity
References:

Dr. Dean Ornish Study at the University of California

Testing Time For Telomeres

Joseph Cambell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers

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  1. So glad I found this podcast! I love hearing people talk about the science behind aging and disease and promoting healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices

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