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When people think about age, it’s usually in terms of how many years one has lived on earth. However, your body can be a different (biological age) from the automatic age (chronological) you get based on the number of years you have been alive.

Chronological age refers to the number of years you have lived while biological age is how old the body acts and how old a person seems. One of the major determinants of biological age is the telomeres in our bodies.

Telomeres, the parts of chromosomes that control aging, determine the speed at which cells age and die.

Studies show that older people have shorter telomeres, while younger people have longer ones. People with shorter telomeres have been found to be more susceptible to early death, getting cancer or developing a neurological disease.

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You can ensure that your telomeres remain longer by: ensuring 30 minutes of motion everyday, eating a plant based diet, taking care of your brain, not overloading the liver, and managing stress effectively.

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