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It is possible to age slower biologically than chronologically and we often see individuals who don’t “look their age.” In today’s world of technological advancements, we have discovered how to test the length of an individual’s telomere to discover the details of their aging process.
Within the nucleus of each cell, we have double stranded DNA bonds that form a double helix or an “x” like pattern and are called chromosomes. Telomeres are protective end caps located at the tips of our chromosomes. The length of the telomere is considered by scientists to be a good measure of an individual’s biological age.
As an individual gets older, the telomeres shorten. If the individual is under a lot of mental and emotional stress and takes poor care of their body, the telomeres are more likely to shorten quicker than normal. If an individual is very health conscious and takes great care of their mind and body, they can slow down the telomere shortening process.
While we have no control over our chronological age, we can make changes in our lifestyle habits that impact our biological age. Chronologically, an individual may be 65 years old, but biologically they may be like a 75 year old or perhaps like a 40 year old.
What a Telomere Test Provides:
Because we are all under various different stressors in our lifetime, we don’t age at the same rate. A telomere test looks at the length of an individual’s telomeres which helps to establish the rate of aging they are undergoing. This can also give a window into their chances of developing a chronic disease.
The science isn’t perfect and a telomere test cannot accurately predict your risk of developing a chronic disease or facing early death, it can give you good feedback at your rate of aging which can be highly motivating to create lifestyle changes that have been shown to slow down the aging process.
For example, a 58 year-old man with relatively long telomeres would be thought to have a younger biological age and experience better health and live longer by natural means than a 58 year old man with shorter telomeres.
On the flip side, a 30 year old woman with relatively short telomeres may be considered to have a biological age of 50, meaning that she is aging significantly faster than normal and has the telomere lengh of an average 50 year old. If she has a family history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease than she is at a higher risk of developing one of these conditions.
If the 30 year old woman find this out at an early enough age, it could be highly motivating for her to make lifestyle changes to improve her speed of aging.
Benefits of Telomere Testing
Discover How You are Truly Aging
Learn More About Your Life Expectancy
Get the Necessary Motivation to Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Why I Love This Test:
As a clinician, I love to see data that indicates someone’s true genetic health status. This test is a key indicator of how rapidly one ages relative to a normal population. This test also provides data so we know what to do therapeutically to decrease the aging process and optimize the performance of one’s youthful genes.
Total Cost: $259.00
(This test requires an additional blood draw fee which is typically between $20-$40)
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If the test requires blood work you can take your kit to any local lab and have the trained professional take your blood and fill out the kit and send it in the mail.
Urine and blood prick tests can all be done in the comfort of your home and sent into the lab with the mailing slip in your kit. All instructions will be sent to you with the kit. It is a very simple process that most anyone can figure out. The lab also has a customer service phone # if any help is needed.