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Hacking Your Biological Clock

Hacking Your Biological Clock

Unlocking the Secrets of Biological Time: Hacking Your Biological Clock. Among the latest buzzworthy trends in the supplement arena, sirtuin and all things related to telomeres are some of the most innovative ways to master the aging process.  If that sounds like Greek to you, it’s basically anything that helps keep the length of telomeres (the ends of the chromosomes that become shorter and shorter each time a cell divides) from reaching the point where there’s no telomere left to divide. 

No telomeres equal the inability for the cells to keep dividing, and it’s the dividing process within all the cells of the body that keeps them (and you) replenished.  Aging is generally considered a larger scale of this process which results in less cell turnover and the loss of areas of the body to regenerate and recuperate.  With only a certain amount of telomeres present in your body, measuring the length is generally how scientists would determine your biological age.

Brisk Walking Reverses Aging

What if there was a simple way to keep this process from happening that didn’t even involve some of the newest supplements? It turns out there is—and you’re probably already doing it:  walking.  However, you’re going to need to turn up that pace to get the most benefits out of brisk walking.  University of Leicester findings: brisk walking can reverse the biological clock by up to 16 years, showcasing its efficacy.

Following over 400,000 middle-aged adults, this type of exercise and telomere length was linked for the first time.  Surprisingly, just 10 minutes of brisk walking correlates with increased life expectancy, requiring minimal time investment. It’s really the pace that matters the most here (slow walkers generally have 20 years less life expectancy).

Whether you’re walking slow or fast, the health benefits of walking are definitely there (and also for mental health).  Supplements and lifestyle choices aside, brisk walking further supports healthy aging, stacking the odds in your favor.

Further Reading

Paddy C. Dempsey, Crispin Musicha, Alex V. Rowlands, Melanie Davies, Kamlesh Khunti, Cameron Razieh, Iain Timmins, Francesco Zaccardi, Veryan Codd, Christopher P. Nelson, Tom Yates, Nilesh J. Samani. Investigation of a UK biobank cohort reveals causal associations of self-reported walking pace with telomere lengthCommunications Biology, 2022; 5 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-03323-x

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