Every time your cells divide, a small portion of your DNA is lost. This is the section at the end of the chromosome, called the telomere. As you age, the telomere gets shorter and shorter. Finally, it disappears and the cell stops dividing and dies. Telomeres serve as a disposable buffer to protect chromosomes.
Physical aging occurs as more and more cells reach the end of their telomeres and die. As the process accelerates, your muscles get weaker, wrinkles appear and eyesight fades. Eventually the organs begin to fail and death occurs. Such is the nature of life.
Association of marine omega-3 fatty acid levels with telomeric aging in patients with coronary heart disease
– Researchers measured telomere length in leukocyes of 608 people with stable heart disease at the beginning of the stydy and again five years later.
– People who had the lowest blood levels of two key omega-3 fats, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexenoic acid (DHA), experienced the most rapid rate of telomere shortening during the study. In contrast, those with the highest blood levels of EPA and DHA had the slowest rate of telomere shortening.
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