Telomere length in white blood cells is not associated with morbidity or mortality in the oldest old: a population-based study.

@article{MartinRuiz2005TelomereLI,
  title={Telomere length in white blood cells is not associated with morbidity or mortality in the oldest old: a population-based study.},
  author={Carmen M. Martin-Ruiz and Jacobijn Gussekloo and Diana van Heemst and Thomas von Zglinicki and Rudi G. J. Westendorp},
  journal={Aging cell},
  year={2005},
  volume={4 6},
  pages={287-90}
}
Cross-sectional studies have repeatedly suggested peripheral blood monocyte telomere length as a biomarker of aging. To test this suggestion in a large population-based follow-up study of the oldest old, we measured telomere length at baseline in 598 participants of the Leiden 85-plus Study (mean age at baseline 89.8 years). We also obtained second telomere measurements from 81 participants after an average time span of between 3.9 and 12.9 years. Telomere length at baseline was not predictive… CONTINUE READING