Telomeres & Telomerase
Telomerase is fulfilling its role in almost every human cell but can be “turned off” due to various reasons.
WHAT IS TELOMERES?
Telomeres are sequences of DNA, located at the ends of all chromosomes, which serve as cellular clocks of aging. Each time a cell divides, its telomeres get progressively shorter. When telomeres get to short for cell to function, the cell either stops functioning properly or dies. At the conception, our telomeres start out 15.000 base pairs long. By birth the embryo has divided so many times that telomere length is down to 10.000 base pairs. Over the rest of our lifetime we lose another 5.000 base pairs and when they get down to roughly between 3.000 – 5.000, most of us will be dead. People with shorter telomeres in their immune cells have more risk of aging than those with longer telomeres. People of over 100-year olds that are in good health, have “significantly longer” telomeres than those with health issues.
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