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Age (Dordr). 2015 Jun;37(3):9797. doi: 10.1007/s11357-015-9797-6. Epub 2015 Jun 2.

The relationship between telomere length and beekeeping among Malaysians.

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School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, 16150, Malaysia.

Abstract

The belief that beekeepers live longer than anyone else is present since ages. However, no research has been done to explore the longevity of life in beekeepers. Here, we investigated the telomere length in 30 male beekeepers and 30 male non-beekeepers and associated them with the longevity of life using Southern analysis of terminal restriction fragments (TRFs) generated by Hinf I/Rsa I digestion of human genomic DNA using TeloTAGGG Telomere Length Assay. Interestingly, we found that the telomere length of male beekeepers was significantly longer than those of male non-beekeepers with a p value of less than 0.05, suggesting that beekeepers may have longer life compared to non-beekeepers. We further found that the consumption of bee products for a long period and frequent consumption of bee products per day are associated with telomere length. An increase of year in consuming bee products is associated with a mean increase in telomere length of 0.258 kbp. In addition, an increase in frequency of eating bee products per day was also associated with a mean increase of 2.66 kbp in telomere length. These results suggested that bee products might play some roles in telomere length maintenance.

PMID:
26028466
PMCID:
PMC4450150
DOI:
10.1007/s11357-015-9797-6
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