Reverse Your Aging with a Breakthrough Anti-Aging Lifestyle Plan from The Dr. Oz Show
On the most recent new episode this summer of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz tells viewers how that a new lifestyle-based anti-aging plan is about to change the bodies and lives of many women.
“Can you actually make your body younger from the inside out with only simple lifestyle changes?” asks Dr. Oz, as he tells viewers that after following 3 female volunteers over a 3-month period on a new anti-aging plan, that he found that the answer to his question is a resounding “Yes!”
With Dr. Oz is special guest Dean Ornish, MD president and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute who believes that lifestyle changes can change what is going on with the DNA that is involved in the aging process.
“After 30 years of research what we’ve found is that the more you change your lifestyle, the more you improve,” says Dr. Ornish as he explains that as you change your lifestyle, you are also changing your genes by turning off the bad genes and turning on the good genes. Most significantly, he states that we can actually lengthen the ends of our chromosomes at regions referred to as “telomeres.”
Telomeres he explains are likened to the little plastic ends to a shoe lace that prevents the lace from unraveling. With telomeres, however, those ends get worn away with aging which then leads to aging of the cell the DNA is in. With the right lifestyle changes, he says that you can actually reverse the aging process by lengthening rather than shortening the telomeres on the ends of your DNA.
The idea of telomere lengthening came to Dr. Ornish from earlier research that showed that women who are under constant stress tend to have DNA with shorter telomeres. This finding lead Dr. Ornish to ask the question, “If stress can make telomeres shorter, then can good things make them longer?” As a result of this question, Dr. Ornish states that his subsequent research has shown that making positive lifestyle changes can indeed make your telomeres longer and thereby reverse the aging process from within.
“Within the blueprint of our body is the DNA. And that DNA is the genetic code tells us who we are and how old we are,” adds Dr. Oz who demonstrates with a model of a double stranded DNA molecule that the telomeres protecting the ends of the DNA are like burning fuses that are lit by stresses from everyday living. As the stress continues, the telomeres burn away, leaving the ends of the DNA exposed, which then ages the cells―and hence your body. However, if those telomeres could be induced to grow back, then the aging process would be reversed and the cell becomes much healthier.
To test this idea of reversing aging by stopping the regression of the telomeres and inducing new growth, Dr. Oz enlisted some female participants to enter Dr. Ornish’s anti-aging program for 3 months that focused on removing the major aging stressors from their lives. His plan consists of four specific areas:
1. What we eat
2. How we deal with emotional stress
3. How much motion and movement we get
4. How much love and intimacy we have
Of the enlisted volunteers, three were brought on stage with their testimonies about their feelings about the program and how they felt, along with the results of their telomere tests from a biotech company as well as a few other health factors. The results are as follows:
Participant #1: 6% increase in telomere length, 21% decrease in cholesterol and a 13 point decrease in triglycerides.
Participant #2: 11% increase in telomere length, a C-reactive (stress) protein decrease of 76%, and a loss of 14 pounds including 2 inches in the waist and hips.
Participant #3: 15% increase in telomere length, a decrease in blood sugar that got her off her 4-times daily insulin injections and a blood pressure drop of 138/92 to 118/86.