Yoga Holds Telomeres

From shortening even from cancer

Yoga Holds Telomeres. Healthy Living Magazine.

Yoga Holds Telomeres. Healthy Living Magazine.

Telomeres are found at the end of chromosomes and protect them from aging.

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In a study published in Cancer group psychosocial interventions including mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR) and supportive-expressive group therapy (SET) were compared among breast cancer survivors to see which protected telomere length (TL).

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The MBCR patients focused on training in mindfulness meditation and gentle Hatha yoga. The SET patients focused on emotional expression and group support. The primary outcome measure was relative TL. “TL in the intervention group was maintained whereas it was found to decrease for control participants.”

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REFERENCES Carlson LE, Beattie TL, Giese-Davis J, Faris P, Tamagawa R, Fick LJ, Degelman ES, Speca M. Mindfulness-based cancer recovery and supportive-expressive therapy maintain telomere length relative to controls in distressed breast cancer survivors. Cancer. 2014 Nov 3. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29063.
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