What Are Telomeres?
Is it possible that telomeres were a key to our immortality but that sin led us down a different road?
A cell’s genetic material is like a teacher. She commands her class working on a project, on what to do, how to do it and specific instructions on what it better look like when completed. Genetic material is made up of linear strands called DNA organized into chromosomes (seen immediately below). The ends of those strands are known as telomeres.
Blue-Genetic Material, Bright Ends -Telomeres
Ends Of the Shoelaces Are Called Aglets
These endings are used to keep the shoelaces together. They protect the ends from damage. When aglets fall apart, the shoelaces need replacement. Aglets are like our telomeres.
Every time one of your cells divide, the telomeres at the end get shorter. When the telomeres become too short, the cell ceases to divide and death ensues. This death is related to human aging and diseases.
There are enzymes used by the body to help protect telomeres called telomerases. It is an enzyme (-ase part) that adds telomere portions back to the telomere. In effect, it regresses telomere back to a more youthful past. In adults, many cells start losing their ability to produce telomerase.
In the last 20 years, much important research has come out about telomeres and telomerase. Fruits and vegetables maybe a key to longevity by preserving telomere length. Exercise preserves and protects the protein coat around the telomere. Therefore, exercise takes stress off the telomere. It also increases the activity of any remaining telomerase left in the cells.
What decreases the telomere length at a faster rate?
1. Lack of sleep
2. Chronic high blood pressure
4. Chronic high blood sugar
5. Sedentary lifestyle
6. Excess body weight
Recent research from the Philippines, conducted over 30 years, showed that older men fathering children have babies that inherit longer telomeres that continue over multiple generations. These older men had sperm with longer telomere lengths than younger men. Amazing!
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