MNA Life Style Desk: According to a study, taking a little stress can be good for your cells as it boosts resilience, protects ageing cells as well as delays the risk of disease.
The findings will help researchers better understand the molecular mechanisms that drive ageing and risk for age-associated degenerative diseases.
”Our findings offer us a strategy for looking at ageing in humans and how we might prevent or stabilise against cell decline as we age,” said Richard I. Morimoto, Professor at the Northwestern University.
”Our goal is not trying to find ways to make people live longer but rather to increase health at the cellular and molecular levels, so that a person’s span of good health matches their lifespan,” Morimoto added.
The researchers found that signals from mildly stressed mitochondria-the cellular source of energy-prevent the failure of protein-folding quality control (proteostasis) machinery that comes with age.
”People have always known that prolonged mitochondrial stress can be deleterious. But we discovered that when you stress mitochondria just a little, the mitochondrial stress signal is actually interpreted by the cell and animal as a survival strategy,” Morimoto said.
”It makes the animals completely stress-resistant and doubles their lifespan. It’s like magic,” he added.
However, it may seem like there’s nothing you can do about little stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of managing stress.
Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.