Anti-aging strategies are here, and at Anatara Medicine we offer many that are not difficult to start today!

Our bodies are made up of systems that are made up of organs that are made up of billions of cells. As we age, our cells age and although we cannot slow, stop or turn back time, it may be possible to slow cellular aging, or slow the shortening of telomeres.

What are Telomeres?

Telomeres are protective proteins located at the ends of chromosomes and serve to promote general chromosomal stability and aid in DNA replication. Telomeres are further protected by the enzyme, Telomerase, which acts to minimize telomere shortening. Since telomere shortening is a normal process during cell division the length and rate of shortening indicates cell age.(5)

Researchers have known for over two decades that telomeres shorten with age, but emerging studies are showing associations among lifestyles, various diseases and cancer.

Lifestyle choices including smoking cigarettes, physical inactivity, poor diet and stress have all been associated with decreased telomere length. It is widely accepted that tobacco has negative health consequences, most notably, lung cancer. Furthermore, smoking one pack per day for 40 years is equivalent to losing to 7.4 years of life due to the impact on telomeres.(4) High body mass index (BMI) can be an indicator of obesity, which significantly correlates with oxidative stress and shortened telomere length. In fact, the loss of telomeres in obese individuals was calculated to be roughly 8.8 years(4) In 2004, biochemist and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn became the first to demonstrate that psychological stress can shorten telomeres. Since then many studies have suggested that experiences of traumatic and chronic stress are related to telomere shortening.(2)

Shortening of telomeres has also been linked with numerous diseases. Multiple studies in the last 20 years have shown a link between shortened telomeres with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Coronary artery disease is associated with shortened telomere length and that individuals have shortened telomeres have a three-fold higher risk to develop a heart attack.(3) Telomere shortening has also been associated with chronic kidney disease, psychological stress, high blood pressure and others.

Several studies have shown that shortened telomeres are a significant risk factor for developing various types of cancer. Bladder, head and neck, lung and colon cancer have all been repeatedly correlated with significantly shortened telomeres. Furthermore, degraded telomerase has been documented to exhibit pathophysiological states related to cancer and aging.(3)

As poor lifestyle decisions can shorten telomeres, healthy life style decisions can protect telomeres and decrease cellular aging.

In 2008, Dean Ornish, et al., published a pilot study to assess the effect of a 3 month intensive lifestyle change on telomerase activity in patients with low risk prostate cancer. Their findings suggest that lifestyle changes including nutrition, natural supplements and stress management were significantly associated with increased telomerase activity and decreased psychological stress.(1)

Proper nutrition is imperative for general health as well as for protecting telomeres. A diet containing antioxidants including omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene has been associated with longer telomeres due to their protective effects on telomerase.(3)

In 2009, exercise was shown to increase telomerase activity and reduce telomere shortening, presumably by reducing oxidative stress.(3)

Although we cannot slow, stop or turn back time, it may be possible to slow cellular aging, reduce risk of cancer and various diseases by making healthy lifestyle changes such as consuming a well-balanced, Mediterranean like diet, engaging in frequent exercise, reducing stress, cessation of smoking and weight loss.

Our Team includes Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz. He is a board certified Internist with Immunology and Cardiology training. He is the founder of the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center, (SFSCTC) where patients are receiving stem cell treatments as part of their rejuvenation and regeneration strategies. You can receive a stem cell procedure and be treated for multiple indications, i.e., as an anti-aging strategy as well as for a particular joint or joints for osteoarthritis of the knee – all on the same day!

We offer cutting edge services and treatments, including many Intravenous (IV) including microanalyzing testing, (thoroughly researched natural and homeopathic medicines and supplements as well as dietary consultations) by our Nutritionists – and all services are reviewed and collaborated with the entire Team at Anatara Medicine.

Now that you know about telomeres and what shortens them, what is your plan to slow cellular aging? Let the highly qualified practitioners at Anatara Medicine assist you – today. Please call us for an appointment at 1-415-345-0099.

International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology

International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology

Combining whole-body health also includes dental health. Visit the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology site, to find a dentist near you, that specializes in complete dental hygiene care and especially, checking for mercury fillings, which can have a direct impact on your health.

1. Ornish, Dean, et al. (2008). Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study. Lancet Oncol, 9: 1048–57.

2. Peres, Judy. (2001). Telomere Research Offers Insight on Stress-Disease Link. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 103, Issue.

3. Shammas MA. Telomeres, lifestyle, cancer, and aging. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 2011;14(1):28-34. doi:10.1097/MCO.0b013e32834121b1.

4. Valdes AM, Andrew T, Gardner JP, Kimura M, Oelsner E, Cherkas LF, Aviv A, Spector TD. Obesity, cigarette smoking, and telomere length in women. Lancet. 2005 Aug 20-26; 366(9486):662-4.

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Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz and Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn

Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz discussing stem cell technologies with UCSF Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Prize winner in 2009 in Physiology or Medicine, for her discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that makes telomere DNA. This discovery helped explain how cells age; the solution was found in the ends of the chromosomes,­ the telomeres ­and the enzyme that forms them – telomerase. Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak discovered that a unique DNA sequence in the telomeres protects the chromosomes from degradation.

“As a former senior faculty member at UCSF and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, I have witnessed great strides in chronic disease management. Yet, many gaps still exist and it is our goal to gain much needed clinical experience with regenerative medicine. The combination of clinical research coupled with basic science research will lead to a greater knowledge base for our current generation of patients needing solutions that go beyond the scope of current therapies.” – Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz

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