Telomere Testing

Managing the Aging Process with Telomere Testing $200

What are telomeres?

These are sections of DNA at the end of each chromosome that serve as a protective cap to your genetic material. When a cell divides, its telomere becomes shorter until there is no more telomere left to protect DNA from “unraveling,” and the cell dies.

Longer telomeres = Younger cells

Cellular death causes the body to age, thus making telomere length a novel biomarker for biological age. The longer one’s telomeres, the younger one’s biological age.

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Factors Impacting Telomere Length

The rate at which telomeres shorten is accelerated by inflammation, oxidative stress, nutritional deficiencies, obesity, and other lifestyle habits. Furthermore, studies have shown that telomere shortening, when expedited, is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, and cancer.

Are Telomeres a New Biomarker for COVID-19?

A recently published medical paper suggests the answer may be YES. A team of scientists from Rutgers University reviewed the disease progression of COVID-19 and created an interesting hypothesis – that telomeres, particularly short telomere length, may be a potential biomarker that identifies patients most likely to have bad prognosis from COVID-19. The authors suggest that short telomeres “might serve to identify patients more likely to die from the SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of age. Learn more

Below are examples of how to interpret the telomere tests.

Example 1: Patient below is 46 years old and has a Telomere Length of 6.18.  So, in reality, when looking at what age group has an average length of 6.18, it is that of approximately a 79 year old.  So, the patient who is 46 years old, has the telomere length of a 79 year old.  Her cells are representative of a 79 year old, hence, she is not doing well.  She is aging faster, and has more damaged cells.

 

Test Result

Example 2: Your Patient below is 40 years old and has a Telomere Length of 8.51.  So, in reality, when looking at what age group has an average of 8.51, it is that of approximately a 32 year old.  So, your Client who is 40 years old, has the telomere length of a 32 year old.  Her cells are representative of a 32 year old, hence, she is doing well.  She is aging slower.

 

Telomere Test Results

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