How Long Will You Live? Here’s How to Tell

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

It’s the million-dollar question that every senior has asked at one time or another.

And many of my patients have asked it, too – how long am I going to live?

As a doctor, I wish I had a crystal ball… but, believe it or not, I have the next best thing.

Because there’s a tiny piece of your DNA that can actually predict how long you’ll live.

And once you know how to protect this precious genetic material, you can unlock the secret to living years longer than you ever thought possible.

Telomeres are little caps found on the end of our DNA.

They actually protect our DNA from damage. And when the telomere protection is gone, our cells suffer and die.

What we see in our bodies when cells die are wrinkles, poor eyesight, and slower brains.

In short, we age.

Now that scientists can measure telomeres (companies like SpectraCell Laboratories offer testing), they know more than ever what is healthy for us and what is not.

Long telomeres are associated with health and a long life, and short telomeres are not.

Guess what causes your telomeres to shorten?

  • Smoking
  • Adding weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Exposure to pollution
  • Living a stressful life
  • Eating an unhealthy diet

Short telomeres show up in disease, too. They are associated with: coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, increased cancer risk, osteoporosis, and many other diseases.

But enough of the bad side of telomeres. Let’s looks at what we can do to protect them:

  • Fiber helps to keep our bowels regular, but also to take toxins out of our bodies.
  • Good proteins such as grass-fed and free-range meats.
  • Antioxidants, especially those found in colorful fruits and veggies. If you don’t get enough vegetables in your diet, make sure you supplement.
  • Exercise may be one of the best ways to keep your telomeres long.

These nutrients also help:

  • Curcumin is an extract of the spice turmeric. It is anti-inflammatory and provides good antioxidant protection.
  • Fish oils provide essential fatty acids that most people are not getting. Make sure you supplement if you are not eating fish 2-3 times a week.
  • Polyphenols are phytonutrients that are found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Most people are not getting enough of these either.

Our study of telomeres is in its infancy. We still have so much to learn.

What we have learned so far, though, is that when we take care of ourselves, we increase the genetic changes that we need to live long and healthy lives.

Health and Happiness,

Scott Olson

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: feedback@livingwelldaily.com – and click here to like us on Facebook.

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

View More Free Articles

Mailbag: Triggers for Troubling Bathroom Changes

“I’ve noticed some changes in my bathroom habits, including constipation and occasional incontinence. Could these be signs of something serious?” – Walter Hi Walter, Digestion complaints such as constipation and occasional incontinence can be uncomfortable and concerning, but they don’t always indicate a major problem. While both occurring at the same time could be a...

Read This

Potent Pair “Erases” IBS Symptoms

Are you sick and tired of the endless discomfort and embarrassment that comes from living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Well, you’re in good company. In fact, more than 25 million folks in the United States ALONE battle the diarrhea, constipation, and gastrointestinal stress of this frustrating condition. But now, new research has uncovered a...

Read This

Study Reveals ANOTHER Powerful Coffee Perk

Before I get started, I want to say Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I hope your day is filled with delicious food, a refreshing nap, and lots of hilarious Dad jokes. It’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite morning pick-me-up: coffee! As a long-time coffee enthusiast, I’ve always known that this...

Read This

Fish Oil CAUSES A-Fib? (Don’t Take the Bait!)

You’ve undoubtedly seen the recent “shocking” fish-oil news by now. The disturbing headlines claiming fish oil supplements cause atrial fibrillation (A-fib) or heart disease have been plastered practically everywhere you look. I’ve written about the heart BENEFITS of these supplements many times before, and now, some study has come along and concluded, “Oh, by the...

Read This

Sugar Substitute Linked to Soaring Heart Risks

If you (or someone you care about) have a sweet tooth, you should know about a recent study that’s been making waves in the health and nutrition world. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic uncovered a disturbing link between a popular sugar substitute and an increased risk of some serious heart problems. Now, before you do...

Read This

3 Tips to Avoid Travel Constipation

It’s that time of year when we pile into our car, punch in a distant location, and point ourselves toward our summer vacation destination. But, all too often, an uninvited guest is coming along for the ride…. travel constipation. It’s like your bowels decide to go on strike the moment you step out of your...

Read This

Is Your Bathroom Hiding a Dirty Secret?

Let’s talk about your bathroom. You probably spend much of your day there, from your morning routine to your evening wind-down. But how clean do you really keep it? Maybe you’re a neat freak, scrubbing every surface until it sparkles. Or perhaps you’re more of a “clean enough” type, giving things a quick wipe when...

Read This

MAIL: The “5 and 5 Plan” to Tackle Mental Health

“I’ve been feeling more anxious and depressed lately, and I’m not sure if it’s just a normal part of getting older. When should I seek help?” — Agnes Hi Agnes, Everyone feels a bit anxious or down sometimes. But if it’s been going on for a while and impacts your daily life, it’s definitely worth...

Read This

The TRUTH About Caffeine [Revealed]

Some people (like mainstream nutritionists) love to hate on caffeine, blaming it for everything from hyperactive kids to sleepless nights. But the truth is, in the right amount, caffeine can be a total game-changer for your mind and body. Surprised? Let me explain… First off, let’s talk about how caffeine works. Throughout the day, a...

Read This

“Miracle Mineral” Slashes Migraines

If you’re one of the millions who suffer from debilitating migraines, you know just how frustrating and life-altering they are. But new research reveals there might be an easy, natural solution to your problem right around the corner. If you’ve tried “everything” to ease your headaches before, but none of it was effective, you won’t...

Read This