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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: The Telomare Effect

The Telomare Effect has 2 outstanding authors, including a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. I expected a detailed explanation of the process of discovery, at least some high quality speculation on how telomares get shortened or lengthened due to lifestyle changes, and then practical advice.

Instead, it was long on the latter, and short on the former. In particular, all the things that you already know to be healthy lifestyles (eat good food, avoid processed food, exercise, meditate and live mindfully) lengthen telomares. All the things you know to be bad for you shorten telomares. Drugs that lengthen telomares appear to cause cancer, so unfortunately lifestyle changes are the only way to do this.

If you didn't already know all this, the book would be a great read. But for me, it was a big disappointment. I got very little science and a huge dose of what I already knew.

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