Telomeres are portions of DNA located at the end of chromosomes that serve as protective buffers that prevent chromosomes from becoming attached to each other or rearranging. Every time a cell in the body replicates, it’s telomere gets shorter, eventually causing cell death. Measuring telomere length in the human lymphocytes is an indicator of cellular aging. Research has shown that shortened telomeres are responsible for many processes of aging.
Low telomere scores can alter health and accelerate the aging process. Telomere length can be improved by simple lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Nutritional deficiencies and oxidative stress can also contribute to low telomere scores.
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