The science is clear that too much stress is not good for us. And that includes for our telomeres. Studies also show that meditation, and potentially other methods of stress reduction, can specifically counteract these negative effects.
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The program which Dean Ornish undertook with Prostate Cancer Patients specifically showed that an integrative program of diet and exercise, including meditation and stress reduction, proved itself to increase the telomerase enzyme, and overall positive health outcomes. Follow up studies are now underway to show that telomere length itself is being increased through those practices.
It’s worth noting that when Elizabeth Blackburn was asked what changes she has made in her life in response to the findings in the world of telomere science over the decades, meditation is one of the first things she mentions.
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