Research suggests turns out that mice can get the disease but that their longer telomeres often protect them and produce a mild disease form or phenotype
A synthetic male hormone known as Danazol was tested for two years and lengthened telomeres and clinically stabilized disease
Consider that when the bone-making cells of mice were engineered to have a genetic deficiency in telomerase, the viability of those osteoblasts in terms of the ability to keep dividing suffered. T
If you had lower telomerase activity, then you had a higher risk of Type2 Diabetes and all the changes associated with getting fat.
When data from the Copehnhagen City Heart Study was published in 2013, they concluded that shorter telomeres in leukocytes was not associated with increased cancer after adjusting for age but that it WAS associated with reduced survival from cancer http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/105/7/459.long
In 2015, the same data looked at certain gene tendencies that promote telomere shortening and concluded that cancer survival was IMPROVED when shortening was enhanced in the telomeres.
Contradiction? Not so fast.