Lifestyle Changes may Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging and Perhaps even Lengthen Lifespan

These findings indicate that telomeres may lengthen to the degree that people change how they live. Research indicates that longer telomeres are associated with fewer illnesses, make you happier, more success in life. Diet, Meditation, Exercise Can Improve Key Element of Immune Cell Aging, UCSF Scientists Report. A small pilot study shows for the first time that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support may result in longer telomeres, the parts of chromosomes that affect aging. It is the first controlled trial to show that any intervention might lengthen telomeres over time.

What is Telomere? Integrative Review of Factors Associated with Telomere Length and Implications for Biobehavioral Research

As we age, the hormones in our body undergo changes. While the decrease in hormone levels experienced by women in their middle ages, known as menopause, has been a well-known characteristic of aging for many years, my age-related hormone changes have only been studied in depth within recent decades. Telomeres are shortened as we age, but telomeres can also be shortened by stress, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet. The purpose of this research has been to answer the question: Do me too, experience menopause?