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Statins May Slow Ageing

Statins May Slow Ageing

Ageing seems to be a process that is feared as many desperately try to slow the process.

Though read on, perhaps the ability to slow aging is not so impossible. Italian researchers have found statins may slow aging as they affect telomeres, which protect the ends of chromosomes in DNA. Through our life our cells divide to produce new cells, the chromosomes pass on our DNA to the new cells but in this division some of the telomeres is lost which reduces the protection of the chromosomes, therefore, as we age our telomeres shorten.

Telomerase is an enzyme that helps to lengthen the chromosomes by adding back the telomeres sequences hence helping to reduce the aging effect.

Giuseppe Paolisso, from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Naples led the research. 203 participants were divided into 2 groups; one group took statins and the other group did not. The activity of their telomeres was measured. Results showed those who took statins had higher levels of telomerase activity, meaning they experienced less telomere shortening. Paolisso explained “by telomerase activation, statins may represent a new molecular switch able to slow down senescent cells in our tissues and be able to lead healthy lifespan extension”.

We need to be aware of the effect of statins on our general health before believing that a cure to aging has been found. If someone does find the magic elixir then I am sure they will retire a very happy person.