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Lifestyle, telomeres and aging - what is the connection?

Škrobot Vidaček, Nikolina; Pavlić, Darko; Perić, Maja; Rubelj, Ivica (2013) Lifestyle, telomeres and aging - what is the connection?. Periodicum Biologorum, 115 (4). pp. 465-468. ISSN 0031-5362

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Telomere shortening is the mayor contributor of cellular aging and telomere length is reliable biomarker of aging process, both at individual as well as at the population level. Short telomeres are also connected with aging related diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes which are the leading causes of death in the world today. Recently, it has been demonstrated, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes can slow aging process at molecular level. Such changes include food rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables as well as low fat and low refined carbohydrates diet. If this diet is combined with moderate exercise and stress management techniques, it can result in increased telomerase activity in peripheral mononuclear blood cells during three months period only, which subsequently slow down telomere loss in humans.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: telomeres; aging; telomerase activity; telomere length; lifestyle changes; oxidative stress
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Division of Molecular Biology
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Struktura i funkcija telomera u kontroli staničnog rastaIvica Rubelj098-0982913-2768MZOS
Depositing User: Nikolina Škrobot Vidaček
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 14:57

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