Manage Your Stress Chapter 17


Stress & Aging

Scientists are making great strides in learning how stress ages us. At the very ends of each chromosome is a zone called the telomere. It has been likened to the tip of a shoelace, keeping the end material from unraveling. Each time a cell divides, the telomere becomes a bit shorter, which means that as we age the telomeres are fraying. In recent years, researchers have found that people under extraordinary stress tend to have shortened telomeres, a sign that stress prematurely ages our cells. Meditation and other mindful awareness practices boost telomerase, an enzyme that maintains the health of the telomeres.


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CHAPTER 1

What Causes Stress?

When you face challenges that seem beyond your control, your body's stress response takes over.
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CHAPTER 3

Fight or Flight

A perceived threat triggers this heart-pounding, muscle-tensing state of alertness.
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CHAPTER 8

Stress Takes a Toll

Over time, stress raises your risk of cardiovascular disease, digestive ailments and more.
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CHAPTER 10

Stress & the Growing Brain

Babies and kids who endure traumatic events develop different brain structure as they grow up.
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CHAPTER 14

Your Genes & Stress

Stress is one factor that can cause certain genes to switch on or off, affecting inherited traits.
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CHAPTER 16

Inherited Stress Damage

There is growing evidence that some stress-induced changes in gene expression care passed on to children.
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How Stress Ages Us

Part of our chromosomes that protects our cells during cell division can be damaged by stress, causing speedier aging.
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CHAPTER 20

Coping with Stress

You can't eliminate stress from your life, but you can minimize the harm by learning to manage it.
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CHAPTER 25

Meditation in Focus

One method of stress-reduction, meditation, brings measurable physical and emotional improvements.
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