Dr Oz: Younger From The Inside Out
For three months, Doctor Oz put three women through an experiment. Can lifestyle changes make your body younger, from the inside out? He said the answer is YES. The man behind the program is Dr Dean Ornish, and the secret to longevity is Telomeres.
Dr Oz: Reverse Chronic Disease
Over the past 30 years, Dr Ornish said that research has consistently shown lifestyle changes are key to improvements in health and aging. Ornish is founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute.
He said early research concluded that you can stop or reverse Heart Disease, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, and Type 2 Diabetes. Lifestyle changes actually have an impact on our genes, turning bad genes off and good ones on.
Dr Elizabeth Blackburn: Telomeres Nobel Prize
Telomeres are the ends of the body’s aging chromosomes. When these become shorter, our lifespan becomes shorter as well. But now there may be ways to make them longer, which is good news if you are hoping for longevity in your life!
Dr Elizabeth Blackburn received the Nobel Prize for discovering Telomeres. Dr Ornish compared Telomeres to the plastic ends on a shoelace, holding chromosomes together. (FYI, Dr Oz said the end of your shoelace is called an Aglet.)
Dr Oz: Chronic Emotional Stress
Dr Dean Ornish recalled a presentation he heard from Dr Blackburn that found women under “chronic emotional stress” had Telomeres that were shorter. “Even on a genetic level…chronic stress can shorten your life,” Ornish said.
He hypothesized that, just as bad factors can shorten Telomeres, good factors could lengthen them. His latest research has proven that.
Dr Oz: Internal Aging Signs
While some signs of aging are external, such as changing hair color, your body is aging internally in other ways. Deep inside our DNA strands, Telomeres are capping particles and keeping our bodies together.
As you age and DNA strands start to shorten or unravel, your body will be aging independent of your chronological age. That’s why people may look much younger or older than each other at a class reunion, for example.
Dr Oz New Science: Telomeres Reverse Aging
But what if you could reverse this aging process and grow back those Telomeres? This new Dr Oz experiment concluded that this can happen. He called it “the end of aging as we know it.”
For three months, women in the experiment worked using Dr Ornish’s program to reduce or eliminate aging factors in their lives.
Dr Ornish targeted four critical factors in all our lives:
He said you should think of health as a whole body experience: you can’t have a nutrition or wellness plan just for one part of your body, he said.
Dr Oz: Continuum Center For Health and Healing
Dr Woody Merrell of the Continuum Center For Health and Healing helped to implement the program. Jeri, Liliana and Kathey were three of the participants who agreed to share their results on the show.
Jeri reported that she felt more relaxed, focused, and confident on this experimental program. Her Telomere length increased by 6%, Cholesterol dropped 41%, and her Triglycerides (fat in cells) dropped 13%. “This program saved my life,” she said.
Dr Oz: Lifestyle Changes Lower C-Reactive Protein
Liliana said she felt 10 years younger, and her friends noticed a difference in her. Her Telomeres were up 11% in length, her C-Reactive Protein (associated with chronic inflammation and disease) dropped 76%, and she lost 15 pounds and two inches from her waist and hips. That means she is down two dress sizes! “These results are incredible,” she said of her experience.
“This is mind boggling to me, that we can actually change genetically how old your body thinks it is,” Dr Oz said.
Dr Oz: Lower Blood Pressure & Longer Telomeres
Kathey said she has more energy and sleeps longer each night than before starting the program. Her Telomeres were up 15% and her blood sugar has dropped almost 150 points; she has stopped taking insulin due to her results. Her blood pressure also went from 138/92 to 118/86.
Dr Ornish pointed out that you don’t have to stay on medications for the rest of your life, if you are willing to stick to positive lifestyle changes. Dr Oz promised to explain how the people in this experiment got their results.
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