Study at University of California San Francisco’s Preventative Medicine Research Institute discovered that healthy lifestyle changes, like eating a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, and engaging in stress management interventions such as yoga and meditation, may actually reverse a the aging process.
It looked at participants’ chromosomes. As telomeres(A part of chromosome) become shorter, cells die faster and the aging goes faster . Shorter telomeres have become associated with aging-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and many forms of cancer, according to a report by the university
Participants in the study were patients with early stage prostate cancer. Researchers asked 10 out of the 35 men to live a healthy lifestyle for five years, which included eating a plant-based diet, walking daily, practicing yoga and meditation, and participating in group support. The control group didn’t make any lifestyle changes. By the end of the study, the men who made the changes actually lengthened their telomeres by as much as 10 percent. The telomeres of men who did not change their lifestyle got shorter.
-Chen Yuan Ting