Do you want to live up to 100, dance at your great grandchild’s weeding? it’s not a whim.
Modern scientific work is making this happen. Thanks to the research on genes, DNA, stem cells and telomeres, Scientists have unravelled the aging mechanism of human body, the aging switch is being targeted for an optimal age management. Time has come for people to live not only longer , but healthier.
Some dissidents might argue, people age and die, it is a natural process. we don’t have control over it. Well, it is only partially true, we do age and die, but we can slow down our aging process, lengthen our health span. With the advancement of anti-aging science, we get lot more information and knowledge to fight disease and aging process. all these knowledge can be applied to our daily life, transform our lifestyle, help us achieve optimal health, then stretch our life span…. Yes, it’s all possible.
Nowadays, anti-aging science are focusing on the yellow caps(genetic codes) at the end of each DNA strand called telomeres. They are like a biological clock. Each time our cells divide, telomeres get a bit shorter, telling our cells how old to act. In 2009, 3 scientists Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak were award with the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomeres.
For the first time in human history, people get an indepth understanding of our body and aging on the cellular level, which lead us to find best possible lifestyle that supports the lengthening of telomeres.
I would like to share an online interview article conducted on Elizabeth Blackburn by the Guardian. Thru Elizabeth Blackburn’s explanation, you can get ample information on this anti-aging mechanism in our body. As for how to turn back bioclock and slow down aging , it is surprisingly up to us.
Wondering how to apply the valuable knowledge into action, I want to quote what Elizabeth said in the interview: “Having adequate omega-3 fatty acids really seems to relate to better telomere maintenance and the easiest way to ensure that may be a supplement. It is also in foods such as oily fish and flaxseeds. There is some data about vitamin D but the studies are somewhat incomplete. It is pretty clear that if people have a balance much more towards a wholefoods diet versus a diet high in processed foods, red meat, sugary drinks and highly refined white bread – again, all the things we know already are bad for our health – you see quantifiable effects on telomeres.”
Yes, as it’s always the case, we have BIG say in how long, how well we can live. We can better our health from daily improvements, better water, better diet, more exercises, less sedentary time, less stress, more meditation, less depression, more happiness……to live longer!