Are you impatient? You might be aging faster due to shorter telomeres. Researchers discovered that women who scored as more impatient on a common psychology test have cells that show signs of more rapid aging.
In a new study conducted by National University of Singapore, researchers reveal that for young women seeking longevity, just a little more patience may help you live longer. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the results they found.
Researchers investigated the possible long-term health consequences of patience in a large group of 1,158 healthy young participants. The participants were asked a series of questions that involved instant or delayed contentment.
In fact, participants had to play an economic game in which they could either be given a gift of $100, or wait a month and receive more. The more money a volunteer said they would need to wait for, the less patient they were considered to be. By raising and lowering this amount, the researchers were able to determine each participant’s minimum acceptable amount, meaning the lowest sum of money they would be willing to wait a month to receive. For example, participants who said it would take $130 in a month’s time for them to wait, was judged as more patient than one who said they would hold off for hundred dollars.
Afterward, the team examined each patient’s telomere length in order to make connections to their level of impatience. The results showed that young women who were identified as impatient in the initial economic questionnaire had shorter telomere lengths. Many previous studies suggest that telomere length indexes biological aging, meaning older people have older cells and thus shorter telomeres as well.
These results were confirmed even when other factors, such as socio-economic status and lifestyle, were considered. Interestingly, the team hasn’t observed any relationship between impatience and shorter telomeres in young men.
Moreover, the research team also investigated if genes and certain gene variants could regulate the relation between impatience and telomere length.
They found that in young women carrying particular variants of the oxytocin receptor and estrogen receptor genes, even impatient women with the ‘right’ gene variants had longer telomeres. Researchers believe that even consequences of undesirable traits such as impatience can be alleviated by protective genes.
Results of the study fully agree with these arguments. For instance, estrogen acts as an antioxidant that protects telomeres, while the oxytocin – chemical messenger associated with decreased stress levels – may also have a protective effect.
Reversing The Loss of Telomere Length?
These results are very interesting, because the well-studied peptide, Epitalon, has consistently demonstrated an increase of telomere length, and health.
The peptide, Epitalon, has shown some amazing clinical results because it positively affects the Pineal gland to produce a balanced production of melatonin and telomerase – leading to a chain-reaction of health in other areas.
It is not surprising that most individuals who take Epitalon, experience an elevation in mood and overall health.
Taking Epitalon will also trigger the production of new nerve cells to repair and restore the nervous system of the body, including neurons of the brain. This explains why people recover the use or the sensitivity of fingers or toes after taking Epitalon. The brain is also rebuilt, which explains the increase in the ability to think and work after taking Epitalon.