Miami, March 27, 2012 – How old are you really?
Reversing our aesthetic age is easy today with the vast array of plastic surgeries and injectable wonders creating the illusion that 50 is the new 30, but what about reversing our true biological age?
“If you didn’t know your birthday how old do you feel?” This simple yet thought provoking question helps me uncover how someone truly feels physically and mentally. Those who give me a number under their chronological age often are living active healthy lifestyles and vice versa with those that give me a number over it.
So how do we determine our true biological age? The answer lies in our genes not jeans!
Telomeres are sections of genetic material located at the tip of each chromosome that prevent the chromosome from fraying as the cell divides and replicates. As cells age, telomeres become shorter and shorter until they are too short to allow the cell to replicate, resulting in its death.
With the advances in genetic testing becoming more commercially available, we are able to measure the length of the telomer to find a “Telomere Score.”
The longer the telomere the better the score and the “younger” we are.
With oxidative stress being the main culprit in advancing the shorting process, finding ways to decrease these stresses will inevitably slow biological aging and keep us younger for longer.
Along with exercise, decreasing foods that have an inflammatory effect on the body such as refined sugars, processed foods, sodas, artificial sweeteners, and trans and saturated fats is a great start to halt telomere shortening along with taking supplements that boost our bodies anti oxidant potential.
Adding foods like uncooked fruits and vegetables, fiber, healthy fats, and lean proteins will help preserve the telomeres length.
The moral of the story is that even though one can look forever young through the marvels of modern medicine… feeling forever young starts with proper diet and exercise!
Ivan Rusilko, DO, CSN, PT, is an accomplished weight loss and wellness physician affiliated with the prestigious MIAMI Institute in Miami, Florida. A champion bodybuilder, international male fitness model, and former Mr. USA 2008 & 2010, Dr. Rusilko graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010 and is now the National Media Expert on Diet, Exercise and Sports Nutrition for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
In addition to health and wellness, Dr. Rusilko has a variety of interests and activities including event coordination, photography, writing, and politics. Dr. Rusilko is a member of the George W. Bush Center’s Leadership Circle, the Ronald Reagan Foundation’s Legacy Council, and named as a Vice Chair of the Reagan Centennial Committee.
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