Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for January 2017 – Telling Your Actual Age by Telomeres

We are familiar with genetic testing using a saliva sample to determine our ancestry. Now, there is a relatively new genetic diagnostic test being advertised on TV that uses a blood sample to look at the length of your telomeres. Telomeres are the protective ends of DNA strands (chomosomes) that reveal cellular age encoded in the DNA. Supposedly, the test results will estimate how well you are aging, or in more cellular biology terms, the effectiveness of telomeres (measured by relative length) in preventing the scrambling of DNA replication during cellular division. Some of the genetic signs of cellular aging are shortened and frayed telomeres, loss of DNA replication during cellular division over time, and less frequent cellular senesence (death and replacement by healthier cells) that may result in the growth of a malignant tumor in the body. The cellular equivalent of aging (shorter telomeres) can be affected by age-related disease as well as lifestyle, genetics, environmental and other factors.

This Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery on how telomeres protect replication of DNA occurred less than 10 years ago. Researchers Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.” READ MORE

AquaNew has an opinion that drinking Polarized Water as part of your healthy lifestyle will support telomere functions for healthier cells and prevent premature aging.

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