Childhood trauma shortens telomeres

Ed Park, MD dr ed park, human development Leave a Comment

In a recent study of 4,598 retired people, an association was found between childhood trauma and shorter telomeres.


As I like saying, you are never too old to get young and you are never too young to get old.

Studies have linked maternal stress to in utero with fetal telomere shortening.

Since some degree of telomere shortening may be needed for proper fetal development and the signal for labor onset, I wouldn’t recommend telomerase activation while pregnant.

Since we still don’t understand whether senescence plays a role in puberty onset, I probably would advise against extended telomerase activation in children.

But once you are in your 20s, I would say the 100% chance of stem cell telomere degradation versus the absence of any other major developmental milestones makes the benefits outweigh the risks. It is as though you are changing you oil every 3,000 miles instead of after 100,000 or after engine failure.

To understand how stress ages us prematurely at any age, watch this video I did on the subject:

Ed Park, MD

Ed Park, MD

I graduated from Harvard with honors in Biological Anthropology prior to earning my Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.In 2007, I became the nineteenth patient to sign up for the use of a herbally-extracted telomerase activator.
The results were so positive that I founded Recharge Biomedical Clinic in 2008 and have since become the leading medical expert in this exciting new field of regenerative medicine.
I won The Houston Film Festival Award for my screenplay about Hypatia of Alexandria.
In 2013, I wrote and published "Telomere Timebombs; Defusing the Terror of Aging"
My websites are:
Ed Park, MD

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