Research results show that mindfulness practice may maintain telomere length. I know that my mindfulness and meditation practice has been significant my emotional and physical well-being in dealing with cancer and ongoing survivorship. This is why I decided to start teaching meditation and mindfulness to others – to build resiliency to life’s challenges and calm the mind and body, which greatly benefits health.
It is wonderful to see more research arriving each day about the proven benefits. Here is a research abstract on this subject shared through InspireHealth, a wonderful integrative cancer organization that helped me through my greatest time of need.
Mindfulness and Supportive-Expressive Cancer Therapy
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What are Telomeres?
Telomeres are caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes. They are like plastic tips on the end of shoelaces. When this coating is damaged or shortened, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.
Shortened telomeres are observed in many cancers. Many researchers believe shortened telomeres are associated with the aging process and life expectancy.
Although this research study was small (88 women with breast cancer), it is promising and suggests proof that mindfulness practice maintains the length of telomeres, so they don’t shorten further.
So this is more reason to learn mindfulness and meditation. Not only do people feel the benefits, but now research is showing the benefits more and more.
My hope is that more and more people will adopt meditation and mindfulness into their lives for the many benefits to themselves and others.