What telomeres say about activity and health: A rapid review: Ce que les télomères révèlent au sujet de l'activité et de la santé : revue rapide
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
What telomeres say about activity and health
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: Empirical studies on occupation as a determinant of health could be advanced with research incorporating biological measures of health. Telomere length and telomerase function are promising biomarkers of the interaction of genetics, lifestyle, and behaviour; however, they have not been used in occupational therapy research. PURPOSE: This paper reviews current evidence on the role of physical and mindfulness activities in sustaining telomeres. The findings are applied to the study of occupation, health, and aging. METHOD: A rapid review was conducted with an evidence synthesis of 23 studies published from 2008 to 2014. FINDINGS: Mindfulness activities may preserve telomeres, slow cell senescence and death, and sustain health through mediating life stressors. Inconsistencies exist for the effect of physical activities on telomeres. IMPLICATIONS: Similar research examining a range of occupations may help to identify the health-promoting benefits of occupation and inform lifestyle interventions.

Author(s): 
To-Miles, Flora Y. L.
Backman, Catherine L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Revue Canadienne D'ergotherapie
Journal Abbreviation: 
Can J Occup Ther
Publication Date: 
4/6/2016
Publication Year: 
2016
ISSN: 
0008-4174
DOI: 
10.1177/0008417415627345
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 27053148

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Flora Y. L. To-Miles and Catherine L. Backman. 4/6/2016. "What telomeres say about activity and health: A rapid review: Ce que les télomères révèlent au sujet de l'activité et de la santé : revue rapide." Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Revue Canadienne D'ergotherapie 10.1177/0008417415627345.

Wikipedia Citation

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