Telomeres and their role in Predicting Longevity

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Telomeres have become a buzz word at the CleanseBenefits Blog and at  It seems like I am finding new information every week on the implications and impact ofTelomeres in the world of health and.  Yesterday a British on-line magazine printed an amazing article describing how a relatively inexpensive medical test can tell you how long you will live.  The blood test essentially determines the length of your Telomeres (The protective tips on the end of your chromosomes) in order to predict Longevity

Telomere caps Telomeres and their role in Predicting Longevity



As I have related in previous posts, as your cells reproduce your Telomeres begin to  shorten.  The shorter your Telomeres, the closer you get to the end of your life.  When your Telomeres shorten enough, they are unable to effectively and efficiently allow for the replication of cells…and you die. 

I do have some issues with a test that can tell you how long you will live.  First and foremost, I don’t think I want to know when I am going to die.  Such knowledge could be very damaging and dangerous to society as a whole.  If a significant percentage of the public felt that they had nothing to live for, or that there was no point to leading a good and productive life, I could foresee us slipping into anarchy.  Second, I believe that this information could be used against us by unscrupulous insurance companies.  What impact would their be on our ability to purchase life insurance if the company new we were going to die less than a year later? 

 Telomeres and their role in Predicting Longevity

Dr. William Andrews

Despite these concerns, I still believe there is some exciting news here.  If scientists are able to identify this predictor to longevity, it can be assumed that there are those who are seeking ways to manipulate it.  In other words, there are those who are looking for ways to extend Telomeres, and as a result extend our lives.  I have talked of one example in previous posts.  Dr. William Andrews is currently working with Master Formulator John Anderson of Isagenix in an attempt to identify a combination of natural ingredients that will have a positive effect on Telomerase, the enzyme  in our bodies that protect Telomeres.  As each day and week passes, it appears that we are getting closer and closer to this “Fountain of Youth“. 

If you would like to find out more about Telomeres and the work that Isagenix is doing related to this topic you can contact us either through our web-site or by calling toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).