Telomere FAQs

Telomere FAQs

Here is a wonderful link to frequently asked telomere questions, including: what telomeres are, how they are related to health and aging, telomere testing, and how telomeres are affected by stress. TelomeHealth.com

Telomeres and a Brief Explanation on Why We Age

Telomeres and a Brief Explanation on Why We Age

Why do we age?  The question has been around a long, long time.  In this brief article, Lina Begdache, Research Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, answers this question posed by a seventh grader. “Cells have genetic materials packaged in the form of chromosomes, which carry our genes. As we grow or repair body tissues, our cells divide…

Telomeres and Women’s Health

Telomeres and Women’s Health

As if aging is not hard enough for some, for women, throwing in the symptoms of menopause can make it even more difficult.  The treatments for symptoms vary from prescription medication to natural remedies.  One thing that can increase the amount and severity of symptoms a woman has is stress. “Chronic stress elevates cortisol, accelerates…

Telomeres and Depression

Telomeres and Depression

Depression can be linked to many causes:  chemical imbalance, reaction to stressful events, exhaustion and a host of other issues. As if being depressed is not enough, it also wreaks havoc on our bodies; internally and externally, and affects our telomeres. “Psychological distress, as experienced by depressed persons, has a large, detrimental impact on the ‘wear…

Telomeres and Digital Burnout

Telomeres and Digital Burnout

Our world has become more fast-paced with digital devices so readily available to most.  This has created a world where many companies demand their employees be accessible by email or phone in many situations.  Could this way of living be affecting our telomeres? According to Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends, a company that analyzes macro trends, the answer…

Telomere Length Affected More By Lifestyle Than Genetics?

Telomere Length Affected More By Lifestyle Than Genetics?

Scientists have been studying genetics for many, many years; it’s an important topic.  While they have not been researching healthy lifestyles quite as long, we definitely have a plethora of studies in that direction now. According to Lorna Balfour, Personal Fitness Trainer and Lifestyle Coach: “Fortunately, how many years you live for is determined 70% by…

Telomeres and DNA

DNA! What a fascinating topic! If you’ve forgotten some of your DNA basics, the link below will give you a good primer. It will also explain some of the basics of why cancer cells can multiply so quickly. 2009 Nobel Prize winner, Jack Szostak, had been studying DNA recombination before he began studying telomeres. Mr.…

Telomeres and Happiness

Want longer telomeres AND a happier life?  The answer may be in your friendships. “According to experts, no friends can equal shorter telomeres and, in turn, a shorter life.”  – WDBJ 7 The other ways to increase happiness, according to WDBJ 7, a CBS affiliate in Virginia, include: Changing your attitude Learning from people who…

Telomeres and Aerobic Exercise

Would you like to retain that information you absolutely must memorize a little better?  Instead of studying it again, a little exercise may be what you need!  The added benefit?  Longer telomeres! “Let’s take a look at the raw data and empirical evidence. In one study, conducted by Bruce Spiegelmen and others at the Dana-Farber…