Is this the key to better ageing?

The 50s can be the new 40s, but we need to preserve our telomeres, writes dietitian Lisa Yates

Telomeres are nucleoproteins on the end of chromosomes that help preserve chromosomal stability. They are like the aglets which stop shoelaces from unravelling.

Teleomeres, from the Greek telos (end) and meros (part), shorten as we age. Each time cell division occurs, base pairs are lost from the genetic sequence. This increases chronic disease risk brought on by oxidation and inflammation.

Shortened telomeres are linked with heart disease4, hypertension type 2 diabetes