An Ageing Body Means a Wandering Mind

An Ageing Body Means a Wandering MindA recent study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has found that the people who fail to live in the present age faster in comparison to others.

The study analyzed 239 healthy women of age 50 to 65 years. The focus was on telomeres. Telomeres are the caps on the end of DNA that protect chromosomes whose length marks the cellular and general body age.

It was found in the study that people with more wandering minds had shorter telomeres. Telomeres, generally, shorten with increasing age and high psychological and physiological stress. However, in the people who fail to live in the present and are more concerned and keep wandering about events other than those in the present tend to have shorter telomeres.

"In our healthy sample, people who report being more engaged in their current activities tend to have longer telomeres", explained the lead author of the study, Elissa Epel. However, it has not yet been clarified that stress leads to length shortening or is the case reverse or is there any third factor that is causing it.

Now the research authors are taking up classes that will award the people with more peace of mind; subsequent to which the studies will be carried out again to check if it could protect the telomeres or lengthen them or what.

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