Can Keeping Our Cells Healthy Lead to a Longer Life?

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An old couple walk on the street. In China, there are more than 200 million old people of over 60 years old at present, which accounts for 15% of total population.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 2009, and Dr. Elissa Epel, a health psychologist who studies stress, aging, and obesity, discuss their book, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer. Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protects our genetic heritage. They explain how we age at a cellular level and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital lives.