Telomeres and Aging
December 7, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Denise Bogard
Telomeres are structures that exist at the tips of the chromosomes. At their most basic level, they play a role similar to that of the small plastic tabs at the ends of your shoe laces. The purpose of these tabs is to keep the lace from unraveling. As the chromosomes divide, telomeres help keep the cell intact. In turn, each time a chromosome divides, the telomere gets shorter and shorter until the cell reaches a point that it can no longer divide. This shortening of the telomere occurs gradually as we age, and by monitoring these changes, doctors can now provide insight into where you are in the aging process regardless of how many birthdays you've had. Shortened telomere are associated with certain types of cancer, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.
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Our health starts to decline as we enter our 6th, 5th, 4th, even 3rd decade. Aging can be a slow decline or a rapid decline. Many age related illnesses can be prevented and even reversed like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, arthritis, cognitive decline and many others.
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Dr. Denise Bogard
Dr. Denise Bogard has a long history in the health field. She started out as an RN, and then was trained as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. At age 29, she went back to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to grow her knowledge base. She completed medical school in 1989 and then completed a year of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1990. She then went on to complete an anesthesia residency at UC-Irvine in Orange County, California in 1993.
She enjoyed the practice of anesthesiology for several years but the hours were demanding and the workload was heavy. She found it taking a toll on her own health and sought out an anti-aging, longevity physician to turn her health around. After seeing the effects of healing and return of health, she became interested in the field of anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She completed the fellowship and advanced fellowship through the American Academy of Anti-Aging and also took training through Cenegenics. Her love for continuing education and improved health has been her goal throughout her medical career. She is currently in the process of obtaining certification in stem cell replacement.