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Look Younger - Grow Your Telomeres

Posted Jan 20 2010 10:22am

Scientists are discovering that longer telomeres will make you look younger. Telomeres are found around our chromosomes. People with longer telomeres are more successful at turning back the biological clock.

How to get longer telomeres? Key ways include eating well, not smoking, maintaining a good weight and exercising.

People with shorter telomeres age faster, are more likely to get cancer and heart disease.

The study found that people who had the lowest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids experienced the most rapid rate of telomere shortening over five years.

"Omega-3 fatty acids were associated with less telomere shortening regardless of age, smoking status or the presence of type 2 diabetes."


"There’s growing evidence that omega-3s in fish have direct effects on aging and diseases of aging. Higher blood levels and supplement use have been linked to a slowing of age-related blood vessel stiffness, cognitive decline, and macular degeneration."

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