Telomeres are the protective end-caps of chromosomes which prevent deterioration of the cell and allow for proper replication. Telomeres become shorter with age and poor lifestyle choices, eventually failing to protect cells. When this happens, the cell no longer properly divides, leading to cell death. Telomere length is controlled by both erosion and addition, with erosion happening when a cell divides and addition being determined by the enzyme telomerase.
Telomerase consists of protein and RNA subunits which elongate telomeres by adding DNA base-pair sequences to the ends of chromosomes. Telomerase exhibition can be increased through a healthy diet, exercise, and even meditation.

Telomere Length

Because telomere length can be improved with increased telomerase exhibition (possible through diet, exercise, and meditation), it is an actionable biomarker. This means that a measure of how telomere length is affected by lifestyle can be realized when comparing telomere length and lifestyle (anonymously) with others. We give clinicians access to graphs and diagrams which show how their telomere and lifestyle stacks up with a sample of the general population. Short telomere length is also found to be an indicator of early-onset for age-related diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers.

You can view mean telomere length, the changes in mean telomere length over time, and charts comparing current telomere length with the averages of individuals who make similar and different lifestyle decisions. This data allows practitioners to make better-informed decisions for their patients.

How often should I measure my telomeres?

We can also provide a report to track your progress over the course of a year or several years.

Testing every 6 months will allow you to have a clear indication of telomere length over time. We provide a service for checking these every 6 months over 2 years (4 tests), allowing you to test at intervals, as it will allow you to better view the dynamics of telomere length over time in relation to lifestyle changes.

Discover what your DNA says about how well you are aging.

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