The Power of Stress on the Body

Yes, Stress Really Can Cause Disease. But Don’t Stress. You Can Do Something About it!

By Lesley Mcclure

“Have you ever envied a friend who looks 20 years younger than their age? How do they do it?  The secret could lie in their telomeres, the tiny caps on the ends of their chromosomes—kind of like the plastic wraps at the end of shoelaces. Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, the president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studiesused this metaphor recently when she was a guest on KQED’s Forum, along with UCSF psychologist Elissa Epel. The two, who have researched telomeres, discussed their new book, “The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.”


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