Telomeres & Aging
Telomeres may be correlated to the human aging process. Scientists speculate that as telomeres get shorter the signs of aging—gray hair, wrinkles, weaker bones, slower reaction time, etc.—become more apparent. The theory is that telomere shortening results in aging of the entire organism, not only at the cellular level. It is important to note, however, that the aging process is complex and involves many different factors. Telomeres are one factor to consider.