Telomeres | Peta Pendlebury

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"Look after your body, it's the only place you have to live"

Jim Rohn


Did you know that your original telomere length is dictated by genetics?  And some people are luckier than others in their original hand out?  Huh?  What’s a telomere?  It’s a natty bit of your DNA that unravels every time your DNA replicates and then re-ravels itself – it’s a bit like the plastic bit on the end of your shoe laces that stops them fraying.  It protects your chromosomes.  Every time it unravels it loses a bit of itself and so shortens and this is linked to your biological age.  At some point it can’t unravel any more and that’s when we really start to age.  So what can you do?  Research show that exercise, reducing stress and good diet gives your telomeres a longer shelf life and this is very good for your biological age.  You may be 45 based on your birth certificate but biologically you can be younger or older – this is all down to how you treat that wonderful vehicle you are moving around in.  If you want to know what your biological age is you can always as me to test you for it next time you are in for an appointment.  Remember, as Jim Rohn said and I repeat: Look after your body, it’s the only place you have to live!

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