Healthy Lifestyles for Younger Cells

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Sep 18th, 2013

medpage todayJohn Gever, deputy managing editor for MedPage Today, recently shared that simple changes in lifestyle can help men with low-risk prostate tumors in increasing mean telomere length after five years. This was from a study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Cancer Institute, Furlotti Family Foundation, Bahna Foundation, DeJoria Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Resnick Foundation, Greenbaum Foundation, Natwin Foundation, Safeway Foundation, and Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Men with low-risk prostate tumors who participated in a multifaceted lifestyle improvement program showed an increase in mean telomere length after 5 years, contrary to findings in a control group, a small study found.

Among 10 patients who volunteered for the intervention, the ratio of telomere to single-copy human beta-globin gene length increased from baseline by a median of 0.06 (interquartile range -0.05-0.11), whereas in 25 similar patients who underwent active surveillance for cancer and no other particular intervention, the ratio decreased by a median of 0.03 (IQR -0.05-0.03, P=0.03), reported Dean Ornish, MD, of the University of California San Francisco and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI) in Sausalito, Calif., and colleagues.

Increases in telomere length were found in nine of the control patients (36%), compared with seven (70%) of the patients undergoing the intervention, Ornish and colleagues reported online in The Lancet Oncology.

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