What can you do to preserve telomere length (and what to watch out for) | Elissa Epel

Parent Episode: Dr. Elissa Epel on Telomeres and the Role of Stress Biology in Cellular Aging

Having longer telomeres is associated with better health and longer lifespan. Some research suggests that dietary supplements might offer a means to lengthen telomeres. Candidates include vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and TA-65, a product that purportedly contains extracts of astragalus membranaceus, a plant-based compound that demonstrates anti-aging effects. Other research suggests that nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management may lengthen telomeres. Identifying the mechanisms that drive these correlations has proven challenging, but a few candidates stand out, including immune function and metabolic health. In this clip, Dr. Elissa Epel discusses potential concerns about supplementation and describes some of the studies that demonstrate the links between healthy lifestyle behaviors.

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