If the body's cells are constantly replicating and repairing tissues, why does the body age? Dr Mark Miller (with AstaReal) explains ageing is driven by various concepts, including shortening telomeres, the epigenome and inflammation. As he says, telomeres can be considered the aglets on the shoe laces of DNA, which can in theory be lengthened by copious amounts of wine; the epigenome acts as the software in our cells' hardware; and inflammation and leaky mitochondria go hand in hand. Although you could reverse the ageing process with 50 bottles of wine and a trip to Chernobyl, Dr Miller suggests the secret weapon in the fight could be (wait for it) a healthy diet and exercise.
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