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- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2017
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F1UD66S
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A classic. One of the most exciting health books to emerge in the last decade. It explains how we can slow the way we age at a fundamental level."―
"THE TELOMERE EFFECT explains the often-invisible things that affect all of our lives, helping us make better choices individually and socially for greater health and longevity. It will change the way we think of aging and disease."―David Kessler, MD, JD, former FDA commissioner and New York Times bestselling author of The End of Overeating
"A revolutionary set of findings-with a wealth of science-based suggestions-that can transform the way we live our lives, shaping the very health of our cells by how we use our minds."―Daniel J. Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm
"This book is revolutionary, transforming the way our world thinks about health and living well, disease, and death. It reveals a stunning picture of healthy aging-it's not simply about individuals, it's about how we are connected to each other, today and through future generations. It is hard to overstate this book's importance."―Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, and New York Times bestselling author of The Spectrum
"Grounded in cutting-edge science, this is the best book on how to have long-term health that I have read in a very long time. Written with clarity, verve, and heart, it is chock-full of practical suggestions based on fascinating research on our own DNA. Tremendous."
―Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
"From basic science to practical life style advice, THE TELOMERE EFFECT is an extraordinary compendium of wisdom from a remarkable collaboration between a molecular biologist and a health psychologist. It is the supreme user-friendly guide to scientific research on telomeres and why knowing about them is important for your everyday life. This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to live with optimal health."―Richard J. Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and co-author of Altered Traits --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Elissa Epel, PhD, is a leading health psychologist who studies stress, aging, and obesity. She is the director of UCSF's Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion Center and is associate director of the Center for Health and Community. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on scientific advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, and the Mind and Life Institute. She has received awards from Stanford University, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Association. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The thrust of the book is to document all the various positive and negative factors that have been identified that impact telomeric attrition rate. As might be expected, general guidelines on healthy living seem to be concordant with healthy telomeres. Stress, lack of exercise, poor diets, all impact our telomeres in the expected manner. In addition, individuals who appear to be aging a bit more gracefully also appear to display healthier, meaning longer telomeres.
While the general advice is credible and uncontroversial, there are two salient issues. The first is that a cause and effect have not been demonstrated. In other words, there is no way to discern if unhealthy practices are negatively affecting telomeres and then bad health outcomes ensue as a result or if bad health practices create bad health outcomes which merely includes telomere attrition as just another consequence. In other words, the question of whether telomere attrition is an actual contributor to bad health and poor aging or simply a "tombstone" representative of the cumulative negative processes remains unanswered. Secondly, there is nothing original or unique to telomeres in any of the advice or guidance provided. All of the sensible advice could be proffered without any mention of telomeres and can be found in other offerings of similar healthy living self help books.
While we were each dealt a particular genetic hand at birth, there are still ways we can enhance and prolong our healthspans. Some we already know about, such as diet and exercise. And it's not too late to start. The book demonstrates how changes in eating and physical activity can slow down or even reverse the aging trajectory. The authors include lots of examples and tips to help make these changes.
Of equal, if not more importance, is the psychological component--the management of stress. The authors make a compelling case that telomere health can be greatly affected by relaxation, meditation, and other stress reduction techniques, truly a mind over matter phenomenon.
Written simply and eloquently in language that even a liberal art major can comprehend, this is the most "understandable" science book I've ever read. It's also very empowering, because we are convincingly shown how our active choices can promote a longer and healthier life, rather than passive acquiescence in the aging process.
The more you follow their advice the better you feel & do. It is exciting to feel healthy like when you were young. However, as the saying goes something like this - "youth is wasted on the young". They don't know how lucky they are, but you will know how lucky you are if you apply what you learn out of this book! It is exciting to know that most everyone will be able to turn the clock back to a youthful healthy feel by undoing the demise of their telomeres & growing longer ones using this info.
So exciting that this information will become the standard embedded into our cultures worldwide because seniors everywhere will grab health in place of complacent decline. Let's not follow our elders step into the past (ugh!) unless they were good examples like my mom who brought aerobics to hundreds. Learn to live well on your own terms until you die.
Its outlined in this book! You can do it. Just focus; be in the now. Some of these things you probably already are doing. Take comfort in that & move on to a higher plain until you reach your goal: don't worry, the way you feel will be your motivation.
I have experienced decline; I prefer health! I am confident these fine hard working female scientists have honestly devoted themselves to helping YOU! Enjoy your good health: Take it back.You can go from bad to good awesome health & KNOW how very funs it is to stay healthy. Spend your money here! Don't waste one more day being sick!
My opinion: medical personnel including doctors(s) should be reading this book & helping people align with these practices. Some are already doing it! Enjoy Health, Enjoy Life! Celebrate!, you will be confident to live on.
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This book gives an account of how DNA works and the role played by the telomere. It tells us how stress (even from childhood) can affect the length and quality of our telomeres. The authors subscribe to the view that our emotional health plays a part, as do physical well-being. That includes the right diet, plenty of exercise, and sufficient sleep.
Things and food that cause inflammation in our bodies are no good for telomeres. Smoking and sugar are bad (nothing new here) but random tests have shown (the authors say) that four cups of coffee a day for a month can lengthen telomeres and lower oxidative stress in the body.
The chapters on pregnancy and raising children seem a little like chapters from a pregnancy and parenting book, but the authors explain their relationship and importance to the well-being of our telomere. Before the reader runs out for a commercial telomere test lab to measure the length and health of his telomeres, the authors duly warn that the commercial labs running such tests are largely unregulated.
My only gripe about the book was at parts a little to repetitive on certain subjects, so much so that I skimmed over parts to get to the next section in some instances.
None the less a very interesting read for those of you out there who have interest in science & the effects/causes of ageing.
background. Could be a good bedtime read -yawn.
Subject is dealt better in other books , faster and more direct
The reason I bought this book was because I watched Elizabeth Blackburn on Ted talks and wanted to find out more and funnily enough she and her colleague had written this book together.
I would fully recommend it.