The passing of time, that tombstone upon which beauty and health are balanced, can be slowed down by a close control of the telomeres, DNA structures at the ends of the chromosomes that are the most sensitive bioindicators of an individual's aging process.

"The shortening of the telomeres has an influence of around 30 percent on an individual's aging process," Dr. Angel Durantez told Efe.

The Spaniard, who took a degree in Age Management Medicine in the United States, specializes in this new medical technique that treats aging in a holistic and scientific way, reestablishing metabolic and endocrine balance in order to ward off age-related illnesses.

"It's not an aesthetic nor a cosmetic medicine, but it does have a direct effect on beauty. We're talking about a treatment from the inside out," the sports medicine specialist said.

He described AMM as the "four-P" medicine: preventive, personalized, proactive and predictive, and said it is a treatment that in Europe can only be found at the NeoLife Clinic in Madrid.

The shortening and reduction of telomeres exposes cells to mutations, and as a result, to the appearance of illnesses.

The measurement of telomeres, without diagnosing any illness, shows "how the cells are doing and their relationship with an individual's biological age."

Stress has a determining effect on health and decisively influences the shortening of the telomeres, as do the lack of exercise and an inadequate lifestyle. "How life treats you depends on how you treat life," Durantez said.

Nonetheless, with adequate diagnosis and treatment, and applying the procedures of Age Management Medicine, "the telomeres can be lengthened," the specialist said. EFE