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Telomeres are the ends of our chromosomes which have an essential role in protecting their integrity in the process of cellular replication. The function of telomeres is to protect chromosome ends thus ensuring the proper functionality and viability of cells. The cells are thought to be able to replicate until we are 120 years of age, however lifestyle factors degrade the telomere which gradually shortens our life expectancy. Since the majority of cancers are age related and most heart disease is age related then our telomeres give us a good idea of what to expect in the future.