Telomere Science is evolving rapidly, and in my view, we are all part of the experiment. Now that we have our personal Telomere Length as a yardstick, and a growing body of data around what it means, we can all make lifestyle choices to influence our lifespan, and even more importantly, our healthspan.
I want to share some of what I’m doing to apply Telomere Science in my life, and to encourage you to join in and share your habits and experiments as well. (Please start by sharing your thoughts in the comments below!)
Today, I’ll start with exercise:
Of all the changes I’ve made as a result of what I’ve learned about telomeres and healthy aging, exercise has been the most dramatic.
We created agemarker.com first and foremost as a clearinghouse for credible information around healthy aging and telomere science.
But we aspire to be more than that—we want to support you as part of a community of people taking concrete steps to improve our health now, and our prospects for healthy aging in the future.
One of the challenges we encountered as we set out to document the best thinking and new breakthroughs relating to telomere science is that it’s controversial.
There are a number of leading thinkers and scientists in the field or writing about it, but they describe their goals in radically different, and sometimes diametrically opposed terms
I heard *Scoop Nisker say those words a couple of years ago now, and they really stayed with me, as they speak to my own interest in healthy aging, something which has definitely grown with age.
I was further inspired a number of years ago when I was introduced to Michael Fossel’s 1997 book Reversing Human Aging. In it he unveiled new advancements in what has come to be know as Telomere Science. In short, Telomeres are specialized sections of DNA at the ends of our chromosomes, which get shorter each time our cells divide as we age. This allows them to serve as a bio-marker for our overall health and our prospects for a longer, healthier life.