Just a brief note of a study published this week suggesting that telomere dysfunction not only causes chromosomal disruption and apoptosis via the standard p53 mechanism, but that it also triggers autophagy.
Autophagy is the “self-eating” of cells mitigated by bags of peroxide inside cells. The researchers publishing in this week’s Nature show that telomere dysfunction triggers autophagy, which is also associated with intermitted fasting, therefore helping to prevent cancer progression and other senescent phenotypes.
This is an important step towards maintaining cellular health and integrity.
For more information on autophagy, read this blog on the topic. You don’t need to fast for days. You can also fast daily and accomplish the same thing. Just skip breakfast and don’t eat past 6pm and you have 18 hours of fasting daily. Destruction is good if cells are dysfunctional. Is it all part of the three aspects of cell birth, maintenance, and destruction that I explain in this lecture: