Thursday, August 28, 2014

What Women Can Do to Guard Against Premature Aging

A recent study released in Molecular Psychiatry  provides further proof that a lifestyle which includes a healthy diet, exercise, and quality sleep may have a protective effect on the body, guarding against premature aging on a cellular level.
The study, which involved hundreds of older women, found that the more stress one experienced, the more their telomeres were likely to shorten. Telomeres, the protective end caps on chromosomes that prevent them from unraveling, have been linked to the effects of aging.

In the study, those women who maintained healthy habits such as staying active, sleeping well, and eating healthy were able to shake off the stress - their telomeres showing no signs of significant additional shortening.