weekly blog--one for the ages
A new study suggests that women who gave birth later in life had longer telomeres, which are biomarkers for long-term health and longevity. This is not the first time that the length of a woman’s leukocyte telomeres has been linked with her projected lifespan. Telomeres are repeating DNA-protein complexes that protect the ends of chromosomes and have proven to be critical for maintaining genomic stability. Previous studies have suggested a link between telomere length and various chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some neurologic conditions, and various cancers.
When it comes to determining how long you can expect to live, geography matters. While researchers previously understood that geographical disparities impacted people at birth, a new AARP study concludes that where you are living at age 50 matters just as much. Conditions and the general environment in which people at any age live, learn, work, play, and worship have tremendous influence on health and longevity.