Following a Healthy Lifestyle Just Might Be the Ticket to Protecting Your DNA and Inspiring Longer Telomeres
Did you hear the latest SciLife Biosciences™ news? In October of 2018, our very own Dr. Jacob Rosenstein went through another round of telomere testing and his results were so out-of-this-world, the laboratory had to add an extra axis on their chart to accommodate them.
Dr. Rosenstein recently chatted with us about his results, his habits, and what drove him to tackle the aging process in the first place.
But First—What Are Telomeres and Why Do They Matter When it Comes to Age Management?
If you’re new to our site, you may be wondering, “What, exactly, are telomeres?”
Scientists recently discovered that telomeres are one of the best indicators we have for determining the biological age of our cells. The topic even inspired Nobel Prize-winning research released in 2008.
Telomeres are essentially the protective end caps on each strand of your DNA—every time a cell divides, your telomeres shorten. Certain lifestyle habits—in concert with the aging process most of us experience as the years wear on—exacerbate this trend.
Dr. Rosenstein explains why telomere science is important to understanding aging: “There are two ways to measure aging: One is your calendar age—the year you were born. The second is cellular or biological age; this can be done by measuring a portion of your DNA called telomeres—based on telomere length, you can tell how old or young your cells are.”
He continues, “Until recently, scientists and age researchers believed there was no way to build telomeres back up. We now understand that the telomerase enzyme plays a key role in rebuilding telomeres...and it turns out you can turn telomerase back on with certain lifestyle habits.”
How Dr. Rosenstein Used Telomere Science to Reverse Aging at the Cellular Level
Not by coincidence, 2008—the year telomere researchers won a Nobel prize—happens to be the same year Dr. Rosenstein developed and began to follow his own age management program. He was then in his 50s and was finding that he lacked his old sense of vitality and mental clarity—two symptoms of aging he found unacceptable at the time. After all, he was still a practicing neurosurgeon with an intense schedule and had no desire to change his career or reduce his workload any time soon.
In 2012, Dr. Rosenstein had his telomeres tested for the first time. Telomere testing was only just becoming publicly available, and back then, it was an expensive and cumbersome process—the lab drew Dr. Rosenstein’s blood in the United States then shipped it to Spain for testing.
Dr. Rosenstein’s results, however, made the process worthwhile, showing him that he was on the right path to solving his own aging equation. At the time, his calendar age was 58—but his biological age was only 39.
Though happy with his results, Dr. Rosenstein knew he could achieve more, so he started looking to nutritional supplementation. He understood the value of taking a multivitamin, but found the options available on the market to be lacking (to put it kindly). Most had been formulated 50 years ago and hadn’t been altered since, despite changes in technology, scientific understanding, and the daily lifestyle habits of the average American.
Rather than take a “normal” multivitamin, he decided he would take his own.
And so, VitaYears™ was born that same year—2012. With the objective of supporting cellular defense and stopping the aging process in its tracks, Dr. Rosenstein, along with nutraceutical scientist Gene Bruno, came up with a multivitamin rich in ingredients that have been shown to help lengthen telomeres.
Dr. Rosenstein continued to faithfully follow the health and fitness regimen he’d been recommending to patients for years, now with added supplementation using his own multivitamin. He repeated telomere testing two years later—in 2014, as telomere testing was becoming both more affordable and more widely available—with SpectraCell Laboratories.
This time, his calendar age was 60, but his telomere tests suggested his cellular age was that of a 10-year-old. Put another way, his telomeres were the same length as someone 50 years younger than him!
This brings us back to 2018.
Dr. Rosenstein repeated another telomere test with SpectraCell on October 23, 2018. The results showed that his telomere length had, once again, increased—this time by 33 percent! He went from a score of 9 to a score of 12.2, and his biological age is now younger than that of a 10-year-old. Put in terms of percentiles, in 2014 Dr. Rosenstein was in the 96th percentile for telomere length in his age group.
Now, in 2018, his telomere length is in the 100th percentile—there is no one ranked higher.
As noted in our intro, Dr. Rosenstein’s results were so extraordinary, they were literally off the charts—the lab had to add an extra line on their axis to accommodate them.
Dr. Rosenstein’s results are monumental for telomere research as they show that you can, in fact, increase the length of your telomeres and get younger from a biological perspective, even though most scientists have assumed since the 2008 research came out that the best you can do is simply stall telomere decline.
Going Beyond the Numbers and Feeling the Difference from Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Dr. Rosenstein’s health indicators don’t just look good on paper (though, to be sure, his other blood primers—blood pressure, sugar levels—are also those of someone in their teens or twenties).
Dr. Rosenstein also notes that he feels the difference from changing up his lifestyle and supplementing with the right multivitamin. As he notes, he now has “the youth, vitality, and energy of young person”—all sensations he was lacking just over a decade ago. He’s strong, fit and sharp, and notes that, “I feel better than I ever have in my entire life. I’ve got the chemistry and metabolism of someone much younger than 64. Most 30-year-olds are trying to keep up with me.”
Dr. Rosenstein’s nutrition and exercise program, in conjunction with regular dietary supplementation using VitaYears multivitamins, also allows him to do his job better—something that’s always been his end goal. Since he began his anti-aging program, Dr. Rosenstein has found he’s been able to maintain the same neurosurgery schedule he’s had for 30 years.
This is no small matter. Dr. Rosenstein loves what he does, but his specialty is an intense one. He notes of his job, “You’ve gotta be focused 100% of the time—you can’t go to two thirds of your cases and say, ‘I’m tired.’ Every time you’ve got to be spot on—after all, we’re treating some serious conditions; spinal cord surgery and brain operations are serious business.”
Now, after a decade of being on his age management program, he gets to continue to do what he loves and does best—practice medicine. In fact, he says, practicing medicine and neurosurgery are not only his careers of choice, it’s what he does “for fun”—they provide him lasting satisfaction as he helps people overcome some of their greatest life challenges.
Helping Others Down the Path to Better Health
Dr. Rosenstein isn’t alone in experiencing the life-changing benefits of a well-planned and well-executed age management strategy. Many of the patients at his own Southwest Age Intervention Institute in Arlington, Texas, have experienced similar results. One gentleman went from having a biological age of 40 to that of a 26-year-old in around a year and a half—his calendar age is 44. Another has a calendar age of 72 but his biological age is in the 50s.
To be sure, when Dr. Rosenstein first set out on his path to better health, he had no intention of making a business out of it—he simply wanted to be healthier, feel younger, and be in better shape. This is why he connected with chemist and SciLife product formulator Gene Bruno when he made the decision to create a new multivitamin that was better than any other available.
After offering his new formula to hundreds of patients at the Southwest Age Intervention Institute, the results were so amazing they led him to the decision in 2017 to take VitaYears out to a broader market.
Dr. Rosenstein’s Formula for Tackling the Aging Process Head On
Dr. Rosenstein does the following to help lengthen his telomeres and keep his energy levels at their peak:
- He gets active six days a week. Most weeks, he does a cardio session on three of those days and resistance/strength training on the other three days.
- He keeps his activities fun and exciting. You can often find him hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, and snowshoeing in addition to the regular exercise schedule he maintains.
- He eats “super clean.” He keeps the glycemic index in mind when making food choices and focuses on eating lots of healthy vegetables, salads, lean proteins, healthy fats, and low-glycemic fruits. Once you get in the groove of things, he notes, it’s a “very easy diet to follow.”
- He stays away from sugar and processed foods. And he’s not afraid to sound the alarm on the damaging effects sugar can have on the body. To borrow a line from the introduction in his own Defy Aging book, “Sugar is your enemy. Sugar makes you old. Sugar makes you fat. And sugar is hidden in everything.”
- He doesn’t drink or smoke and refuses to stay sedentary. While avoiding cigarettes and alcohol may seem obvious by now, it’s important to note that sedentary lifestyles can be just as bad as any other major vice.
And, of course, Dr. Rosenstein supplements his diet with specially formulated VitaYears products. After all, he says, “No matter how careful you are, no one eats a perfect diet—think of taking a multivitamin as insurance for your imperfect diet...even my patients that think they eat super clean and healthy have holes in their diet.”
VitaYears Anti-Aging Multivitamin: A 21st Century Multivitamin for a 21st Century Lifestyle
If we haven’t made it obvious by now, we’ll say it again: Just because it’s a good idea to add a multivitamin to your diet does not mean you should grab any ol’ bottle from the supplements aisle of your local pharmacy. A good number of those multivitamins were formulated back in the day before surgeons began preaching about how bad smoking is (yikes).
As Dr. Rosenstein notes, there have been “so many changes in the dietary system since then; everything is grown faster, including many animal foods—like chickens—and today’s food sources are different," as are air quality, societal expectations about work, the social environment online, and more.
He continues, “Multivitamins haven’t changed in 50 years. Back in 2012, I wanted to come up with a 21st century multivitamin for a 21st century lifestyle with ingredients shown to help destabilize cellular aging. And my results were even more than expected—my telomeres longer than I thought!”
In other words, you need a multivitamin to fill in the holes of your imperfect diet—and you might as well take one that’s got ingredients that can help boost your cellular systems and that allows you to feel a difference in your energy levels, support skin health, improve mental clarity, and more.
Inspired by the very formula Dr. Rosenstein honed in 2012, SciLife’s VitaYears Anti-Aging Multivitamin is packed with active ingredients shown to support telomeres. Dr. Rosenstein is confident that it’s the best multivitamin on the market.
More About Dr. Jacob Rosenstein, the Man Behind SciLife Biosciences
Dr. Jacob Rosenstein is the son of Russia immigrants who came over to America with close to nothing. His family settled in New York City in the Bronx. There, a young Jacob attended the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, an elite and competitive institution that accepts only 3% of applicants every year and that has graduated eight total Nobel laureates—the most for any high school in the country.
Dr. Rosenstein’s post-secondary education was even more rich with unique achievements. In 1985, he completed an internship under Dr. Kemp Clark, one of the neurosurgeons that operated on John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital in Dallas after he was shot.
He also spent a year at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London, where he completed a neurosurgical fellowship.
Dr. Rosenstein now runs his neurosurgery practice out of Arlington, Texas. In addition, he supports patients at his own Southwest Age Intervention Institute and remains a key player here at SciLife Biosciences, helping to bring VitaYears products to a national consumer base.
Note: SpectraCell Laboratories is an accredited third-party organization and is in no way affiliated with SciLife Biosciences.