Telomeres shorter related to agerelated illness. Chinese medicine has been showen to increase the shorteted telomere.
Elizabeth Blackburn (UCSF) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009)
Lecture: Chromosome Ends and Diseases of Aging
Animinal study has shown: At any given age, birds telomere lengths could predict imminent death. We found that short and rapidly shortening telomeres were a good indication that the bird would die within a year. We also found that individuals with longer telomeres had longer life spans overall.
Sex differences in telomeres and lifespan (review).
Short telomeres are preferentially elongated by telomerase in human cells
A Natural Product Telomerase Activator as Part of a Health Maintenance Program By T.A. Sciences ® Harley CB, Liu W, Blasco MA, Vera E, Andrews WH, Briggs LA, Raffaele JM. Rejuvenation Research. 2011 February; 14(1): 45—56.