Menu
ADL Welcomes Announcement That Israeli Judokas Can Participate in UAE Tournament Under Their Own Flag

ADL Welcomes Announcement That Isra…

ADL today welcomed the In...

Israel and Gaza: How did we get here?

Israel and Gaza: How did we get her…

For months, there has bee...

The IDF’s Humanitarian Aid Through the Years

The IDF’s Humanitarian Aid Through …

The IDF values human life...

PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara attend Ponary memorial ceremony

PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara atte…

Standing here today we re...

World Jewish Congress mourns death of Kofi Annan, a ‘tour de force’ within the United Nations

World Jewish Congress mourns death …

The World Jewish Congress...

PM Netanyahu meets with US National Security Adviser John Bolton

PM Netanyahu meets with US National…

I believe that President ...

World Jewish Congress condemns 'disgraceful' neo-Nazi march in Washington: 'Hatred and extremism cannot be allowed to tear the fabric of our society apart'

World Jewish Congress condemns 'dis…

NEW YORK – The World Jewi...

Israel Under Attack

Israel Under Attack

Hamas began shooting proj...

Sniper in Gaza Kills IDF Staff Sergeant Aviv Levi

Sniper in Gaza Kills IDF Staff Serg…

Once again, violent riots...

Tell United Nations To Condemn Hamas’ Environmental War Crimes!

Tell United Nations To Condemn Hama…

We call upon Mr. Erik Sol...

Prev Next
A+ A A-

Lifestyle Changes Could Lengthen Telomeres, Life

Eating well, exercising regularly and reducing stress can extend life, even if you’ve been dealt a poor genetic hand, according to a small pilot study.

The study, which was done at the University of California, San Francisco, showed that diet, exercise and lower stress can actually lengthen telomeres, a region of a DNA strand at the end of a chromosome that protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration.

In recent years, scientists have determined that shorter telomeres are associated with a broad range of aging-related diseases, including many forms of cancer, stroke, vascular disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes.

“Our genes, and our telomeres, are not necessarily our fate,” said lead author Dean Ornish, MD, UCSF clinical professor of medicine, and founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

“So often people think ‘Oh, I have bad genes, there’s nothing I can do about it,’” Ornish said. “But these findings indicate that telomeres may lengthen to the degree that people change how they live. Research indicates that longer telomeres are associated with fewer illnesses and longer life.”

For the study, 35 men with early-stage prostate cancer were followed. Ten of the men adopted a plant-based diet, started a regimen of moderate exercise, yoga and meditation as well as taking part in a weekly group support session. The others were not asked to make any lifestyle changes.

According to the results, the men that made healthy lifestyle changes experienced “significant” increase in telomere length - up to 10 percent. The men who were most dramatic in lifestyle changes saw greater growth of telomeres.

By contrast, the men in the control group who were not asked to alter their lifestyle had measurably shorter telomeres – nearly 3 percent shorter – when the five-year study ended. Telomere length usually decreases over time.

The researchers say the findings may not be limited to men with prostate cancer, and are likely to be relevant to the general population.

“We looked at telomeres in the participants’ blood, not their prostate tissue,” said Ornish.

The new study is a follow up to a similar, three-month pilot investigation in 2008 in which the same participants were asked to follow the same lifestyle program. After three months, the men in the initial study exhibited significantly increased telomerase activity. Telomerase is an enzyme that repairs and lengthens telomeres.


Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.

back to top

Sections

Jewish Traditions

About Us

Community

Cooperations

Follow Us