#046 Dr. Elissa Epel on Telomeres and the Role of Stress Biology in Cellular Aging

06.10.2019 - By FoundMyFitness

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Elissa Epel Elissa Epel, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco where she serves as the director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center. Her research centers on the mechanisms of healthy aging and the associations between stress, telomere length, addiction, eating, and metabolic health. In this episode, we dive deep into the world of telomeres, the length of which is one of the useful biomarkers scientists have for getting a sense of the differences between how individuals or groups of individuals age. Telomere shortening is both a cause and a symptom of aging and plays key roles in not only how long we live, but in how well. Lifestyle factors such as poor nutrition and smoking can accelerate telomere shortening by generating oxidative stress and inflammation. In this episode, we discuss: 00:00 - Introduction and overview 12:14 - What are telomeres 17:23 - Telomerase activity and cancer 22:22 - Factors affecting telomere length: 24:50 - Diet, coffee, and sugar 30:16 - Chronic stress 35:01 - Exercise 40:14 - Pregnancy and pre-conception 51:19 - Omega-3s EPA and DHA 52:12 - Vitamin D 54:01 - Weight loss and glucose management 01:00:30 - Meditation 01:07:39 - Consumer telomere length tests If you’re interested in learning more, you can read the full show notes here: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/elissa-epel Join over 300,000 people and get the latest distilled information straight to your inbox weekly: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/newsletter Become a FoundMyFitness premium member to get access to exclusive episodes, emails, live Q+A’s with Rhonda and more: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/crowdsponsor

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