Why do we age? There is no single factor responsible for why we age, but research has found several important factors affecting how fast we age. These are factors we can control to a large extent, which means that we can actually slow down the aging process. I will write about the most important factors in this and future articles. Normal aging is associated with telomere shortening. Telomeres are the DNA-protein caps at the end of chromosomes which protects the genomic DNA from damage. When a telomere has shortened to a certain length it triggers cell death. Important factors influencing the rate with which the telomeres shorten are inflammation and oxidative stress (Zhang J, et al. 2016). Cell death is associated with increased expression of inflammatory cytokines like TNF-alpha and IL-6 in circulating macrophages, a type of white blood cell. Inflammation and oxidative stress are closely linked, and whatever we do to decrease these factors will also slow down the shortening of the telomeres. The food we eat has a big influence on both inflammation and oxidative stress. By eating high-nutrient, low-glycemic index food and reducing the protein intake, we can greatly reduce both inflammation and oxidative stress. Low glycemic index carbohydrates high in nutrients with low protein intake have shown to reduce low grade inflammation, specifically the inflammatory marker hs-CRP (Gogebakan O, et al. 2011). Just replacing 2 servings of red meat with legumes (beans) 3 days a week for 8 weeks significantly reduced the inflammatory markers hs-CRP, IL-6 and TNF-alpha (Hosseinpour-Niazi S, et al. 2015).
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