As a young student, I remember scoring 99 on a biology exam. I was enthralled and in love with both my biology teacher and biology. Unfortunately I don’t remember much of what I learnt and so it was fascinating for me to discover something called telomere. More later!
Your body is made up of cells. From the time you are conceived until you pass on, your cells divide to produce your body parts and then protect you subsequently. Your cells divide in a process that replicates the chromosomes. The enzymes that cause the replication cannot survive and therefore the length of the chromosomes get shorter with each replication. Therefore, your human body being naturally intelligent as opposed to artificially intelligent, created something called a telomere which is an extension of your chromosome. In order to survive, the telomere gets shorter each time your cells replicate but your chromosome remain intact.
The length of the telomere therefore dictates how many times your cells can replicate i.e. how how you have to live. Its not for nothing that its being called the measure of longevity. All of us don’t come with the same length of telomere the reason why it is believed some of us live longer than others. Telomere are also affected by oxidative stress which is the impact of toxins on your body through food, air etc.
Tests are currently underway to evaluate whether it is possible to lengthen your telomere through a better lifestyle. The results have been mixed with one cohort showing positive results and an older cohort not indicating reversal. Perhaps, science is yet to figure out just exactly this process works and then solve for it. The process of reduction is believed to also cause cancer and other degenerative diseases.
I wish I had paid more attention to biology class.