Last month I mentioned a new study that showed that drinking soda make actually shorten our lifespan by shortening our telomeres (part of our DNA).
Today, instead of telling you about something that shortens telomeres, I thought I share something more positive.
A study from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) looked into whether or not having good lifestyle factors could help protect us against the telomere shortening caused by life stress.
Good news! Exercise, healthy eating, and good sleep appear to protect telomeres from stress-related shortening. This is essentially cellular ‘proof’ that a healthy lifestyle can, in fact, help us live a longer, higher quality life.
The study also showed that life stress like the death of a loved one or losing your job, does appear to acutely shorten telomeres. But again, we can do our part to mitigate these deleterious effects of stress by taking care of ourselves.
Moral of the story? Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of high-quality sleep. It’ll do your telomeres good!
Your friend in fitness,