Here is another study published 12/31/2015 which validates my assertion that just as aging is a form of AIDS, obesity and diabetes are also associated with aging via your telomeres.
In this study by Khaldi et al out of Newcastle, UK, they showed people with less optimal variants of the telomere RNA component (TERC is the key for the telomerase engine, TERT) suffered from higher rates of diabetes and obesity.
In this case-control study (in which they find the variable of interest and then try to match unaffected individuals, they found a less than a 1% chance that the differences were random. Those with the abnormal TERC had lower TERT levels, higher rates of diabetes, larger waist circumference, higher BMI, lower adipnectine levels, and shorter leukocyte telomeres.
(N.B. The association of telomeres in white blood cells suffers from the “tire pressure” falacy of research. In other words, check blood cell teloemeres because they are easy to access, like people check tire pressure because it is easy. They assume that since as far as we know, the genetics are the same TERC and TERT in all cell types, that the genetic predisposition in white blood cells also represents the same phenomenon in fate stem cells, pancreatic and liver cells, and other cells involved in glucose, insulin, and metabolic syndrome regulation.)
What does all this mean? If you had lower telomerase activity, then you had a higher risk of Type2 Diabetes and all the changes associated with getting fat.
If you don’t believe that a higher level of telomerase can help your metabolism, just check out this picture of me 15 years ago. I can now eat whatever I want and can’t gain weight like my much younger self. After just 3 months of taking TA-65, a telomerase activator in 2007, I lost 15 pounds and my fatty liver and pre-diabetes reversed, without any diet or exercise…
To understand more about obesity, watch this video
Like I always say, “There is only one disease with a thousand faces”. This study suggests that your telomerase-associated-genes and not your “skinny genes” are the ones keeping you from getting into your “skinny jeans”.