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The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

by Elizabeth Blackburn, Elissa Epel
The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

by Elizabeth Blackburn, Elissa Epel


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The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life.

Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. They and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our telomeres and increase our health spans (the number of years we remain healthy, active, and disease-free).

The Telemere Effect reveals how Blackburn and Epel's findings, together with research from colleagues around the world, cumulatively show that sleep quality, exercise, aspects of diet, and even certain chemicals profoundly affect our telomeres, and that chronic stress, negative thoughts, strained relationships, and even the wrong neighborhoods can eat away at them.

Drawing from this scientific body of knowledge, they share lists of foods and suggest amounts and types of exercise that are healthy for our telomeres, mind tricks you can use to protect yourself from stress, and information about how to protect your children against developing shorter telomeres, from pregnancy through adolescence. And they describe how we can improve our health spans at the community level, with neighborhoods characterized by trust, green spaces, and safe streets.

The Telemere Effect will make you reassess how you live your life on a day-to-day basis. It is the first book to explain how we age at a cellular level and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455587988
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 99,743
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 alongside two colleagues for their discovery of telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process. She is currently president of the Salk Institute. Blackburn was elected president of the American Association for Cancer Research and is a recipient of the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, among many other awards. In 2007, she was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people.

Elissa Epel, PhD, is a leading health psychologist who studies stress, aging, and obesity. She is the director of UCSF's Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion Center and is associate director of the Center for Health and Community. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on scientific advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, and the Mind and Life Institute. She has received awards from Stanford University, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Association.

Table of Contents

Authors' Note: Why We Wrote This Book xv

Introduction-A Tale of Two Telomeres 1

Part I Telomeres: A Pathway to Living Younger

Chapter 1 How Prematurely Aging Cells Make You Look, Feel, and Act Old 19

Chapter 2 The Power of Long Telomeres 42

Chapter 3 Telomerase, the Enzyme That Replenishes Telomeres 54

Renewal Labs: A Guide 67

Part II Your Cells are Listening to Your Thoughts

Assessment: Your Stress Response Style Revealed 71

Chapter 4 Unraveling: How Stress Gets into Your Cells 74

Chapter 5 Mind Your Telomeres: Negative Thinking, Resilient Thinking 100

Assessment: How Does Your Personality Influence Your Stress Responses? 127

Chapter 6 When Blue Turns to Gray: Depression and Anxiety 138

Master Tips for Renewal: Stress-Reducing Techniques Shown to Boost Telomere Maintenance 153

Part III Help Your Body Protect Its Cells

Assessment: What's Your Telomere Trajectory? Protective and Risky Factors 161

Chapter 7 Training Your Telomeres: How Much Exercise Is Enough? 172

Chapter 8 Tired Telomeres: From Exhaustion to Restoration 188

Chapter 9 Telomeres Weigh In: A Healthy Metabolism 207

Chapter 10 Food and Telomeres: Eating for Optimal Cell Health 224

Master Tips for Renewal: Science-Based Suggestions for Making Changes That Last 243

Part IV Outside In: The Social World Shapes Your Telomeres

Chapter 11 The Places and Faces That Support Our Telomeres 255

Chapter 12 Pregnancy: Cellular Aging Begins in the Womb 280

Chapter 13 Childhood Matters for Life: How the Early Years Shape Telomeres 294

Conclusion-Entwined: Our Cellular Legacy 319

The Telomere Manifesto 327

Acknowledgments 329

Information about Commercial Telomere Tests 333

Notes 337

Permissions 381

Index 385

About the Authors 397

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