“You are a fucking idiot, Owen Gleiberman. Good hire, Variety magazine!”
Every woman’s dream is to age gracefully, if at all. Well, listen closely ladies, because it seems we’re one step closer to making that a reality, with scientists discovering a genetic breakthrough that could stop the ageing process.
Researchers studying a rare age accelerating disorder called Werner syndrome recently came across a genetic fault that causes people with the condition to age prematurely. What’s this go to do with me, you ask?
What they found was that a deterioration of DNA cells may contribute to the ageing process, which according to scientists suggests that the way our DNA is packaged could hold the key to slowing human ageing. What’s more, the research also indicated that this process could play a role in diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
The study, which was published in the journal Science, revealed that when researchers tested the cells of patients with Werner syndrome, they discovered that the chromosomes in these cells were slightly messier than normal. In case you’re wondering, this apparently causes cells to age quicker.
“Our findings show that the gene mutation that causes Werner syndrome results in the disorganisation of heterochromatin, and that this disruption of normal DNA packaging is a key driver of ageing,” professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte – geneticist and one of the lead authors of the study told the Daily Mail.
“More broadly, it suggests that accumulated alterations in the structure of heterochromatin may be a major underlying cause of cellular ageing.
“This begs the question of whether we can reverse these alterations – like remodelling an old house or car – to prevent, or even reverse, age-related declines and diseases,” he continued.
However, before you throw away your anti-wrinkle creams and skip on the sunblock, professor Ilaria Bellantuono from the University of Sheffield insisted that we’re still a long way from acquiring the fountain of youth.
“While in future it may be possible to use the knowledge developed to devise new interventions to slow or reverse human ageing, this is far away in time,” she said to the Daily Mail.
“We need to remember that this study is conducted in a single cell type whereas ageing is a complex multifactorial process which affects several systems.”
Hey, at least there’s hope!
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Peak bone mass is reached around the time of 25-30 years of age – and for women, around the time of menopause, there is a rapid decline in bone mass. And so, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health reminds women of the importance of looking after their bone health.
Experts say there is a lot that can be done to maintain bone health throughout your life. Experts in the field agree that the three keys to bone health are:
- consuming enough calcium in your daily diet
- getting enough vitamin D, and
- regular weight-bearing exercise
“By focusing on these three areas you give your bones the best chance of staying strong,” Jean Hailes endocrinologist Dr Sonia Davison says.
“Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium, and the main source is safe exposure to sunlight. Get outside regularly to combine your intake of vitamin D and exercise your body by walking, jogging, dancing or another weight-bearing activity.
“In regards to calcium, dairy products are a good source, but alternative calcium-rich foods include broccoli, beans, almonds, tinned salmon and sardines.”
Dr Davison adds that while recent studies have questioned the safety and effectiveness of calcium supplementation with regard to bone health and fracture prevention, the emphasis has turned toward having a diet that has adequate calcium content.
“In adult women, this is thought to be between 1000-1300mg daily,” she says. “A useful way to find out how much calcium you are consuming is to look at the calcium content of foods for a typical day’s diet. This can easily be explored using freely available tables online that look at common foods and estimate their calcium content per quantity of food.”
“It’s only where you are not getting enough calcium within your diet that calcium supplements may be needed to aid bone health,” Dr Davison says.
Cameron Diaz has revealed she tried Botox, but refuses to use it anymore.
“I’ve tried Botox before, where it was like a little tiny touch of something,” the 41-year-old actress said. “It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to be like that.”
The Counselor star has been promoting her new book Body Book, which promotes positive health and body image.
“I’d rather see my face ageing than a face that doesn’t belong to me at all,” she told Good Morning America.
Since ditching the Botox injections, she’s become proud of her wrinkles. “I love them, I don’t mind. It’s like, “Guess what this means, I’ve smiled my whole life.” I love life,” she said. “I’m happy I don’t have a problem with that.”
The former model admits she struggled with “terrible, terrible skin” and serious acne in her teens and 20s,
“It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away” she writes in her book. “I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.
How did she cure her acne? “I used to have bad acne and little white bumps. I cut out dairy and my skin changed completely.”
She also offers a tip to help achieve her enviable butt.
“Squeeze your butt muscles,” she writes. “Yes, right now, while you’re sitting….With the recognition that we can build muscle by engaging it anytime, anywhere, all of our movements can become strengthening movements.”
And if you want to know what one of the best bodies in Hollywood eats for breakfast? Savoury porridge.
“I’m always looking for new ways to build flavor and have fun with my carbs,” she writes in Body Book.
“For instance, I prefer savory over sweet, so in the mornings when I make oatmeal, instead of eating it with something sweet, I make a yummy concoction of sautéed zucchini with collard greens, caramelised shallots, and egg whites.
“I top it all off with ponzu sauce (a Japanese sauce made from rice vinegar and citrus) or some lemon juice. It’s a breakfast that is delicious and savoury and all the things that I love to taste.”
What do you think of Cameron Diaz’ ageing and body advice?