Most people don’t know what a telomere is, so today I’ll delve into what it is, and why it’s important to everyone as they age.
A telomere is a repeating sequence of DNA at the end of a chromosome. Every time a single cell divides itself the telomere loses some of its length. Finally then the telomere ends and the cell is no longer in a position to divide itself any further. This triggers a poor condition of cell health that leads to the risk of many diseases and ultimately to the death of the cell.
Despite that there are other aggressors that speed up the shortening process of telomeres. Many age-related poor health conditions are linked with short telomeres. Telomere shortening is associated with heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Short telomeres forces the gene to function inefficiently that creates multiple problems like inflammation, oxidative stress and immune cell aging that accelerates the aging process and increases the risk of aging diseases.
Another important factor that matters is the quality of the telomere; this differs from the length of the telomere. For instance, Alzheimer’s patients do not necessarily have short telomeres but the telomeres that they have show symbolic signs of malfunction. Telomeres are a sort of weak link in DNA, they can be easily damaged and must be repaired timely but they lack this ability to repair efficiency like other DNA. This eventually results in damaged and poor quality telomeres that lead to malfunctioning.
One way to affect the aging process is to slow down the rate at which telomeres shortens. This can be done by defining strategies that help in protecting and repairing them so that they maintain their quality. This can also be done by bettering the activity of the telomerase enzyme that can add length back to telomeres and at the same time protecting the quality of telomeres.
Gene systems are set up mostly in the womb, at the initial stage of a baby’s life, and are then sculpted in the early years. To make telomeres function healthily, they require methylation. An important point is that a substantial amount of methyl donors is required for telomeres to function properly.
Another basic supplement for telomere support is a high quality multi vitamin followed with an appropriate protein diet, mainly sulfur-rich proteins. This could include eggs, cottage cheese, red meat, chicken, dairy and nuts. Eggs contain a high source of choline while the rest of the items contain a moderate level.
The conclusion is that a healthy and nutritional lifestyle can preserve telomeres from deteriorating. Therefore you must work hard to maintain your finess.