Advantages of Banting Diet, Telomeres and Ageing

telomere, aging

Telomeres and ageing are linked.

Telomeres are pieces of DNA that are found at the end of our chromosomes. They can be thought of as the plastic caps found at the end of a shoelace and they perform a similar purpose. As we grow so our cells spit in half and create two cells. Each cell has to have the same chromosomes as the parent cell meaning our chromosomes have to be replicated. During this process the telomeres protect the chromosomes from fraying and fusing with each other, but they also shorten each time.

There is a strong relationship between the length of the telomeres and ageing. Researcher, population ecologist Pat Monaghan of the University of Glasgow, has found a strong correlation between the length of the telomeres and the lifespan of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). They measured their lengths over a nine year period and found a very tight connection between the two.

Telomeres can be said to be driving the ageing process with their shortening. It is like a clock ticking off the cells lifespan.

The length of the telomeres is greatly influenced by lifestyle.

Some of the good things that increase or reduced the speed of shortening are

  • telomere shortening. telomere agingRegular exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Intake of Omega 3’s

Some of the things that shorten or increase the speed of shortening are

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor diet

The telomeres of certain diseases sufferers are also show marked shortening. Examples including cardiovascular, obesity and Alzheimer’s.

The shortening of the telomeres has been linked to other adult onset diseases such as Parkinson’s and the various dementia’s.

The Banting Lifestyle protects against the telomeres shortening and therefore Alzheimer’s, obesity and cardiovascular problems, and the biggest of all ageing. With the addition of parts of the Mediterranean Diet we have fundamentally change the Banting Lifestyle to improve and slow the ageing process.


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