How Does Vitamin D play a role in Aging? and What is a Telomere?

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Optimal D is Key!

How does vitamin D affect the aging process?

As we age, we often hear women speaking about having their vitamin D level checked. Most feel it’s because they want to ward off osteoporosis. This indeed is one of the reasons, but it goes deeper than that…all the way to the chromosomes.

Multiple studies have found that optimal levels of Vitamin D correlated with longer telomere length versus insufficient vitamin D levels.  However, too much vitamin D can have an adverse affect as well. That is one of the reasons getting the vitamin D levels checked is beneficial for adequate supplementation. Things that can inhibit adequate amounts of Vitamin D;

  • Age; as we age, we create less Vitamin D through our skin via sun exposure.
  • Decreased sun exposure: In efforts to ward off skin cancer by avoiding the sun, and  most jobs being indoors, people are not being exposed to the sun as much. .
  • Obesity; Fat inhibits Vitamin D absorption by 50%.
Good Natural Sources of Vitamin D:
  • Sunlight
    Promotes vitamin D synthesis from cholesterol in the skin. 15 mins without sunscreen is sufficient.
  • Fatty Fish
  • Raw Milk
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
What is a Telomere and What Does it Have To Do With Aging?

Telomeres are caps at the end of your chromosomes that protect your DNA from damage. You can think of telomeres as the protective tips of shoelaces that prevent them from fraying. (Those darn things are hard to lace when they fray…I like the lick and twist method). Telomeres get shorter with each cell division until there is nothing left and your cells die or quit functioning.  Some of our cells have a special enzyme, called telomerase, that allows our telomeres to be rebuilt. For this reason, telomere length has been used as a biological marker of age, the younger you are the longer your telomere length. There are certain factors that can either accelerate or retard the erosion of your telomeres. To put it in the most basic terms, when telomeres shorten, bad things happen; disease and aging.

What Accelerates Telomere Shortening?
  • Chronic stress
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity
  • Oxidative Stress
How Can You Protect Your Telomeres?
  • Vitamin D sufficiency
  • Omega-3 sufficiency
  • Folic acid sufficiency
  • Meditation
  • Exercise

Dr Bill Andrews, molecular biologist and founder of the biotechnology company, Sierra Sciences, and his team were awarded a Nobel Prize for their discovery of telomerace, an enzyme that protects  and strengthens the telomeres. Dr Andrews and Isagenix Founder and Master Formulator, Dr John Anderson were introduced and, one might say, it was chemistry. They corroborated to create Product B, now called IsaGenesis, an anti-aging nutraceutical, clinically proven to help protect telomeres.

While telomere research has reversed the age in mice in the lab, more research and development is needed in humans. We can maintain healthy habits, get adequate amounts of Vitamin D, and if we’re really being proactive, supplement with IsaGenesis.

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Suzie Huening

Certified Epigenetic & Human Optimization Coach| Physcial Therapist Assistant| Figure Pro| Mindset Mastery Certified| Amazon International #1 Best Selling Author| Biohacker

About Me

I am forever in the pursuit of the Art of Well-Being. I started my health and fitness journey back in the early 80s, during college, as an aerobics instructor (big hair, leg warmers and headbands…oh yeah!!). I later became a personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder…which eventually evolved into health club ownership and a variety of jobs within the health and fitness industry, including getting a degree in Applied Science Physical Therapy. However, as a military spouse (now retired Vet spouse), my license was only good in one state, and that career was short-lived due to moves. 

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