Telomeres

-I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about telomeres.  To better understand what a telomere is and why we should care about them I would suggest listening to The Rich Roll Podcast Episode 209 with Dr. Rhonda Patrick.  We are just beginning to see the implications telomeres have on aging, cancer and how lifestyle choices like diet, exercise, stress management and social support positively effect lengthening.   Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that effects how our cells age.  Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.  Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.  

-A study on PubMed about coffee and lengthening (what we want) telomeres:  Coffee Consumption Positively Linked to Telomere Length.  Of course this could be a case of confirmation bias.

-This is a great place to watch John Oliver’s take on Scientific Studies.

 

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