A newly released book by Nobel Prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel, psychiatry professor at University of California, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer, discusses how we can have healthier and longer lives.
Telomeres, as described by Blackburn, are like the ends of shoelaces that prevents them from fraying. She explains that if we do not have good telomeres, our DNA will start fraying and and cells will start to age.
"So you have to make sure these chromosome ends are not so worn down that they won’t protect the DNA. If they wear down, the cells don’t work properly, and the cells can’t replenish tissues. In humans, this natural wearing down happens over the decades of our life. But the worse it happens, the more likely we are to get diseases like heart disease, cancers, diabetes and even some dementias. So keeping telomeres healthy keeps you healthy for longer", Blackburn says.
In an interview with online magazine OZY, Blackburn and Epel explain the science behind ageing, the fraying of telomeres and how to keep them healthy, with the most surprising discovery being how much our mental well-being impacts the health of our telomeres.
And how can we help look after our telomeres? "Have fun, get exercise of any kind, say something warm to somebody every day and enjoy healthy food", Blackburn says.
To read their interview with OZY, visit http://www.ozy.com/pov/science-shows-aging-is-in-y...