Shorter telomeres confer higher risk of dying

Ed Park, MD dr ed park, News, Telomere Timebombs Leave a Comment

In this excellent review of the telomeres of 65,000 Danish people over seven years, they found that shorter telomeres were independently associated with about a 50% higher chance of dying after controlling for all confounding variables.

When you included the confounding factors such as age, smoking, hypertension, it was over 3X the risk.

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http://joshmitteldorf.scienceblog.com/2015/04/29/large-new-survey-tracks-telomere-length-and-mortality/

Read the original paper here: http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/107/6/djv074.short

The reason for this seems obvious to me.  The shorter telomeres are causing the mortality because of the shortened telomeres are causing the mutations:

Read my book, TELOMERE TIMEBOMBS, to understand more.

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