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Summary

Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and leading health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel have discovered biological markers called telomeres, which can help us to understand how healthy our cells are and what we can do to improve them.

The Telomere Effect looks at ideas including how biological age is not chronological age, a biological basis for the mind-body connection and how sleep and diet can affect telomeres. It also offers tools and advice on how to determine cellular age and telomere health.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Elizabeth Blackburn (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Pick and choose your data?

An interesting book, if a little long. Not great at getting to the point, and packed full of rambling anecdotes about made up people to represent extreme examples.
Congratulations on winning the Nobel Prize and everything. You obviously know your stuff, so I can't argue there.
However, I did notice a significant bias in the way you discredit research that you don't like. A good example of this was in the way you dismissed "reduced calorie diets" without bothering to refer to the significant weight of claims that prolonged fasting helps to increase telomere length.
Just the fact that you don't like the sound of fasting doesn't mean it isn't helpful. Fasting for more than 24 hours has a demonstrably profound effect on diabetes, blood sugar and insulin resistance, as well as helping to minimise oxidative stress. Since all these factors are key to telomere length, why dismiss animal studies with a casual "People are not animals" jibe? Especially when you're happy to refer to animal studies when it suits your findings?
Bad science.

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Insightful

Well written book; a technical subject presented in an easy to understand non technical way. A good starting point for anyone who is interested in learning about human (anti) aging and how it can be slowed down.

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no science, deceptive title

Nothing near to what I expected from a Nobel prize author. Being my first audible book I tried to give an effort and finish it, I skipped last 3 chapters.
There's no science in it, no solid fundamentals.
It is a basic wellness and self help book full of obvious health recommendations.
Waste of time and money

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  • 30-09-18

Inspiring listen and well narrated

This book is an excellent scientific approach on how to the manage the stresses of life and its impact. It is termed "Living Younger" but that's just the side effect. It's more about the reasons to be more in tune, in balance and the biological consequences if you're not (aka ageing).
Great listen, though its helpful for this genre of book to get the hard copy to follow through

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fantastic book

I was hoping that it would be a good book, but I found it a fantastic one. The provided information seems balanced and backed up. The highlighted and explained link between psychology and the body was explained quite well. not everything is black and white and that is also made very clear. And, I finally know what a free radical is :). I also like how the link to cancer, inflammation, ... is indicated.

I strongly recommend it too anyone interested in health, based on scientific studies. Not only for physical health, but also the I teresting psychological link that has been investigated: supportive environment, poverty, ... It's also explained very well for the people who don't work in health care.

Every human should actually read this, or listen to it. However, I would strongly recommend it to every health care professional, physical or psychological, but also to parents.

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  • 09-10-17

Informative and insightful

The concept of telomere length is explained and expanded as the main indicator of cellular ageing and breakdown. This is the chief genetic indicator of cancer and cellular death. t
This book explains that this factor can be highly influenced by diet, health and habits and that we are not doomed to get sick and die early. The effects of affluence and modernisation lead to premature morbidity and death. The good news is this can be reversed. Contains substantial references to the microbiome in addition to many practical tips on enhancing longevity. Good habits and health lead to old age and wealth!

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  • 30-06-17

Unspeakably tedious

This could have been an interesting book if it had stuck to the science. As it is it is a mixture of molecular science and new age advice from a maiden aunt. For the science it is less emotionally wearing to read the references. If you want to live longer, eat healthy, exercise and have a positive and social disposition, and preferably don't get born in a poor family (wow). And yes, there appears to be a genetic marker related to ageing in the form of telomeres

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interesting

very informative. I was already recommending that book to my friends and so I recommend this book to you.

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  • Sharon Coetzee
  • 13-06-18

Loved learning about telomeres

This book is filled with knowledge and wisdom. It is written in a manner that engages the reader. Loved learning about telomeres. Thank you