While diet theories are always controversial, and there are different approaches that seem to be effective in different studies, it is very clear that diet can have a powerful impact on telomere length and overall healthy aging.

While we describe below some of the varied approaches that are showing promise, and the controversies and conflict between them, it is perhaps of greatest interest is what most all three of these dietary approaches have in common:

Reduced white sugar
Reduced white flour
Reduced processed foods
Avoiding pesticides and hormones

When it comes to the more controversial topics around what constitutes good versus bad fats, and good versus bad carbs, it seems we may each need our own choices as the science continues to unfold.

Specific Actions others are taking:

A low fat, whole foods based diet played a part in Dr. Dean Ornish’s program which was proven to boost Telomerase activity in prostate cancer patients.  While this integrated program included a number of other elements….(fill in or link here)

An alternate approach espoused by the authors of The Immortality Edge supports a higher protein and somewhat higher fat diet, in direct support for their HGH-releasing exercise program.

Others advocate the Paleo or CaveMan Diet, which further restricts ones choices, and increases meat consumption.

Finally, while not yet tied to Telomeres (to my knowledge) there is a huge body of research connecting longevity to one (seemingly) simple practice: eating less!

This approach, including the full scale calorie restriction regimes, is something we will address in posts to come!

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