Telomeres, What are They and Why You Should Care [2021]

by Dom

May 27, 2021

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Cmed 100Everyone ages, but not everyone ages well. Two people of the same age can feel and look very different, and be in very different stages of health. This is something we already know, from conversations with friends and coworkers, or just from looking in your own mirror. What you may not know is that there is a reason, a scientific reason for this and it’s at the cellular level.

Telomeres play a large role in the aging process. Telomeres, DNA that live on the ends of your chromosomes and foster cell renewal, play a large role in the age you feel, how quickly your physical appearance fades, and when your health deteriorates. So, a 60-year-old woman with lengthy, robust telomeres may both look and feel much younger and more vivacious than a 45-year-old man whose telomeres are short and frail.

Visualizing Telomeres

Visualize the plastic ends on your shoelaces. Those plastic ends are called aglets. Aglets prevent your shoelace from becoming frayed. If the aglet is compromised resulting in cracking or breakage of your laces will look worn and old eventually leading to your laces becoming frail and obsolete.

Telomeres perform a similar function as the aglets but for your cells. If telomeres are short and worn they can’t protect your cells sufficiently and will allow the cell prematurely age. If your cells prematurely age, then that means you age prematurely. With this said science has shown that there are ways you can help your telomeres allowing you to have some control over the health of your cells.



Lifestyle Factors That Lead to Telomere Shorting

Certain lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, smoking, unhealthy diet, and obesity can speed the pace of telomere shorting leading to illness and premature aging. Premature aging leads to the early onset of age-associated health problems such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and an increased risk for cancer.

It is safe to conclude that eating a heather diet, exercising, and avoiding excess alcohol will ultimately encourage healthy telomere and prevent the shortening of them, while smoking and eating junk/processed food will encourage the shortening of the telomeres.

Studies have shown that dietary restriction or eating less has an extremely positive impact on health and longevity. Reducing food intake in animals leads to reduced growth rate, reduced oxidative burden, and reduced damage to DNA, and therefore keeps the animals in a biologically younger state and can increase their lifespan by up to 66%. There are numerous studies and articles supporting 3 days or 60-hour fasts. By fasting for 60 hours tends to reboot or reset your body and metabolism.  Here’s a great research article explaining this in more detail NCBI

Below I have listed foods to avoid or minimize and exercise that have been associated with healthy telomere.

Food, Drinks, and Telomere Length

Associated with Shorter Telomeres

Associated with Longer Telomeres

Red meat, processed meat, white bread, sweetened drinks, sweetened soda, saturated fat, omega-6 polyunsaturated fats

High alcohol consumption (four drinks or more per day)

Fiber (whole grains), vegetables, nuts, legumes, seaweed, fruits, omega-3s (salmon, arctic char, mackerel, tuna, sardines)

Dietary antioxidants, including fruits, vegetables, but also beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and green tea Coffee


Associated with Shorter Telomeres

Associated with Longer Telomeres

Iron-only supplements

Vitamin D (mixed evidence), Vitamin B (folate), Vitamin C and E, Multivitamin supplements (mixed evidence)

Our cells love the effects of exercise whether we enjoy it or not. Physical exercise generates a process called autophagy. Autophagy is a process that eats/destroys damaged molecules. Autophagy is like the clean-up crew that reduces inflammation, increases mitochondria, and helps reduce oxidative stress. All-in-all exercising helps keep and lengthen telomeres, which is a good thing.

Here is a simple breakdown of what exercises and diet that you can incorporate to increase your health and the health of your telomere.

Cardiovascular Workout (Running)

Warm-up (easy)

Warm-up (easy) 10 minutes

Interval (repeat 4 times)

Run (fast)

3 minutes

Run (easy) 3 minutes

3 minutes

Cooldown (easy) 10 minutes

10 minutes

If you want a less intense interval workout:

Cardiovascular Workout (Walking)

Interval (repeat 4 times)

Walk fast (on an exertion scale of 1 to 10, do 6 or 7)

3 minutes

Stroll gently

3 minutes

Effects of Environment and Stress on Telomeres and Aging

Environment, nature of your profession, and stress can also affect the rate of telomere shortening and health.

Stress increases the pace of telomere shortening and aging

Stress is a part of life, but how you deal with stress can ultimately prevent the shortening of Telomeres. Chronic and prolonged stress can have a massive impact on your cells and the way you respond or handle that stress can shorten your telomeres.

There are two ways to we respond to stress: challenge or threat. The threat response tells your body that it is in danger. When your body feels it’s in danger you may feel worried, nervous and you could feel sick. Think of that time you first jumped off the high board at the pool or you left home for the first time. You may have felt physically sick and nervous to the point of throwing up or shaking. This was and is the threat response.

The second response is the challenge-response. When you own the situation, it empowers you. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t anxious but instead, it gives you a sense of excitement. This is a good stress. Imagine getting on a plane to visit a new country, one that you’ve always wanted to visit but you don’t know the language. You may be nervous and have butterflies in your stomach but you embrace this opportunity or stress.

Which stress response is better for your overall health and telomeres? Of course, it’s the challenge-response. Stress isn’t bad but rather how we approach and think of that stress is. If you could look at all stress that you normally encounter as a challenge and shift your mindset, then you could potentially help telomeres and overall health.


Steps You Can Take To Improve The Health & Length Of Your Telomere

Science has shown that fasting, intermittent fasting, low carbohydrate, reduced protein diets, or eating habits can positively affect telomere health and length. In addition, science and clinical trials have shown that a health supplement called AC-11 that is in Signal OS, Keto Kreme, Keto NAT, and Keto Kalm a Keto Tea by Pruvit positively affects the length and health of your telomeres.

Reducing and changing the way you deal and stress is crucial for good health, mindset, and the health of our telomere. Stress isn’t a bad thing but if you view challenging events and situations as a threat it can have a negative effect on your telomere. Improving your mindset and maintaining a positive and empowering attitude and outlook will create a positive impact on your telomere.

Exercise, a body in motion stays in motion. Get out and move. When you exercise (even moderately) your body creates organisms that eat/destroys damaged molecules, which aids in overall health. Plus, exercise is great for stress reduction.

Choose and be conscious of your environment. Chemicals, smoke, stress, and other pollutants can have a negative effect.

Exercise may preserve telomeres and reduce the pace of aging

Key points

  • Telomere length shortens with age.
  • The rate of telomere shortening may indicate the pace of aging.
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of physical activity, obesity, stress, exposure to pollution, etc. can potentially increase the rate of telomere shortening, cancer risk, and pace of aging.
  • Dietary restriction, appropriate diet (high fiber, plenty of antioxidants, lean/low protein, adding soy protein to diet), and regular exercise can potentially reduce the rate of telomere shortening, disease risk, and pace of aging.
  • AC-11 has been shown to have a positive effect


The Telomere Effect – Elissa Epel, PhD

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About the author 

Dom went from foster child, turned disabled veteran, to network marketing 7 figure earner, and blogger. Read more about my story here: From Broken & Broke To 7 Figures

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