THE EFFECT OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
ON TELOMERE LENGTH
A new study shows that hyperbaric oxygen therapy may improve the length of telomeres as we age.
Telomere length is considered an important indication of a person’s overall health, as a shorter telomere length has been linked to negative outcomes, including premature, early, or increased signs of aging.
“Telomere length shortens with age,” sources with the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center say. “Progressive shortening of telomeres leads to senescence, apoptosis, or oncogenic transformation of somatic cells, affecting the health and lifespan of an individual. Shorter telomeres have been associated with increased incidence of diseases and poor survival.”
What are telomeres?
Telomeres are positioned at the end of chromosomes, which is essentially what carries our genetic information. Every day, our cells are dividing. In fact, according to sources, in a single given day, there are around 2 trillion cell divisions in the human body.
Cells need to divide in order for us to live. They process nutrients and create more cells as needed. For example, if we are wounded.
As we get older, this process can become a little more harried and less efficient. One noticeable sign of an aging cell is the presence of shorter telomeres. Once a telomere becomes too short, a cell is no longer able to divide.