Use your DNA to fight heart disease

It's the secret key to beating disease and extending your life, and you don't even have to go to the drug store to get it.

You already have it -- hiding inside your own body right now!

New research confirms one of the most incredible discoveries of cutting-edge medicine: Your telomeres have the power to help you outlive nearly ANY major disease.

And if you've got heart disease, today I've got the news you've been waiting for.

You can FIGHT this disease and WIN!

It all comes down to those telomeres.

If they get too short, you'll die sooner. But if you can stop them from shrinking, you'll have a better chance of surviving.

And if you can help them to grow LONGER, you can actually BEAT this disease!

If you're not familiar with telomeres, they're like the little caps on the ends of your shoelaces -- except they're on the ends of your strands of DNA.

As they get shorter, there's less to hold those strands together. Your DNA starts to fall apart, and you end up suffering a higher risk of chronic disease and death.

One of the biggest reasons they shrink is age. As you get older, they get shorter.

But it's not age alone that shrinks your telomeres.

Health and fitness (or lack thereof) and diet and disease can all change their length -- and the new study shows how even the smallest of changes can make a big difference.

If you've got heart disease, it could even make a life-or-death difference.

When your telomeres are shrinking, your risk of dying within five years jumps by a third, when compared to folks whose telomeres don't shrink.

And if your telomeres do just the opposite -- if they get LONGER, despite the passage of time and battle with disease -- your risk of dying over five years plunges by 56 percent!

The new study focused on heart disease, but telomeres can play a role in nearly every major disease of aging, including cancer, dementia, and more.

If you don't have these conditions, shrinking telomeres can increase your odds of getting them.

And once you do have them, that same shrink will boost your risk of dying of them.

Clearly, one of the keys to successful and healthy aging is to keep your telomeres from shrinking -- and even grow them.

The new study doesn't show why some grow and others shrink, but one reason could be the healthy omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil. In a 2013 study, the telomeres of overweight adults given omega-3 supplements actually GREW LONGER.

A holistic medical doctor can run some tests to check on your telomeres and see where you stand -- and if they're on the short side, you can get started on an age-fighting regimen to stop the shrink or even regrow them.

If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.