Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal:
Frontiers in Physiology
Size of study:
1,221 adults (65-79 years) from five European countries
In a new study of more than 1,200 people from five European countries, elderly people with short telomeres are more likely to have difficulty performing daily activities such as carrying groceries, climbing stairs and walking. The findings holds true regardless of geographical location, age, sex or weight — suggesting that short telomeres are an independent risk factor for age-related functional decline. The study reinforces the model that slowing telomere shortening may have a positive effect on physical ability in old age.