The secret to looking young and aging gracefully doesn’t come in a jar of creme. It doesn’t come in a potion or a magic pill. Nobel prize winner, Elizabeth Blackburn, has found the secret of aging gracefully is controlling the length of our Telomeres.
What is a Telomere?
Telomeres are at the tips of our DNA. Scientists have found that young, healthy cells have longer telomeres. When we are young our telomeres are really long. But as we age, our cells divide as we get older. Each time our cells divide, our telomeres get just a little bit shorter than they were before. Fast forward this process into the distant future, and our telomeres have become so short, they can’t divide any longer. This is what causes you to appear older. When your skin cells have shorter telomeres, they become wrinkled. So to put it simply, the longer your telomeres, the healthier you are and the younger you appear.
You Can Control the Length of your Telomeres
Elizabeth Blackburn’s research has some good news. The length of your telomeres can be influenced by the lifestyle that you lead. You can slow down the appearance of aging and the length of your telomeres by doing things such as eating healthier and exercising. Studies have even found your telomeres can become longer by reducing the amount of stress in your life. Your telomeres in your skin cells are longer if you stay out of the sun. This is what our Nobel prize winner, Elizabeth Blackburn has found and shared with us in her book – The Telomere Effect.