Scientists and snake-oil hawkers alike are on a quest for the Holy Grail of age-reversal. Unfortunately, as science is increasingly usurped for corporate profit, it becomes more difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

We do know that the keys to healthy longevity reside in our mitochondria, critical energy factories in every cell, and in our telomeres, the ends of DNA responsible for repair of our DNA. Our lifestyles have significant impact on both mitochondria and telomeres. Telomeres are effectively your genetic candles. As they burn down, your days are numbered.

As Dean Ornish, founder and President of the Preventive Medicine Institute notes, “We know from earlier studies that eating an unhealthy diet, smoking cigarettes, being under chronic emotional stress, loneliness and depression may shorten telomeres.”

We are learning many strategies that can actually improve telomere length and restore healthy mitochondria. And NEWSFLASH…the answers do NOT come in a bottle and many are absolutely free!

While we can infer much about mitochondrial health through patient histories and functional medicine assessments, we can actually measure telomere length directly for a few hundred dollars. Therefore, we can directly evaluate the impact of various strategies on telomeres. My test result below shows my telomeres are now on par with those of someone 25 years younger.

So proof is in the pudding – don’t miss my Secrets to Aging Brilliantly at our amazing Life360 Summit Saturday, May 6!

Dr. Susan Wilder is the founder and chief executive officer of LifeScape Medical Associates and LifeScape Premier. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and her medical degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Wilder is a renowned, national speaker, published author and media guest. Known for her outspoken views on healthcare, Dr. Wilder has been dubbed the “Medical Maverick” and is a regular contributor to ABC15’s “Sonoran Living” program. She’s been a consultant to DreamWorks Television, provides parenting advice on BabyFirstTV, and is a member of Phoenix’s KPNX-TV Channel 12 “Health Team.” Dr. Wilder studied meditation with Deepak Chopra and practices daily meditation. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a former triathlete, and enjoys yoga and cooking.