Telomere Length Testing
Telomere Length Testing
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Are you aging faster than you would like due to telomere shortening?
Current research shows that telomere shortening contributes to cellular aging and susceptibility to metabolic disorders and chronic disease.1-6 According to scientific research, telomere shortening may contribute to aging and age-related conditions. Telomeres are segments of DNA found at the ends of chromosomes. They can be prematurely shortened when exposed to environmental chemicals, oxidation, inflammation, and stress. This leads to DNA damage and contributes to early cell death.7-9
Shorter telomeres have been associated with cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disorders, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cognitive decline, and other chronic degenerative conditions associated with aging.
- Neurological conditions such as Cognitive impairment, chronic stress 10, 11
- Metabolic disorders such as Diabetes, glucose intolerance, obesity 12, 13
- Cardiovascular diseases such as Atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease 14-16
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis 17, 18
- Immune-related conditions such as Hepatitis C, cancer, autoimmune disorders 19-21
Inflammation, Aging, and its association with Telomeres
Inflammation is associated with aging and telomere shortening. Telomeres become shorter after each cell division until eventually chromosomal DNA reaches a critical point at which the cell can no longer divide (known as the Hayflick limit).22 The loss of this protective telomere “armor” renders DNA vulnerable to damage and may result in an individual’s increased risk for accelerated aging and associated health conditions. If telomeres are maintained, then termination of cell division (senescence) and programmed cell death (apoptosis) can be delayed.
The test analyzes your average telomere length in white blood cells compared to the normal reference range for your age-matched population.
Easy to understand color-coded test results compare telomere length to reference ranges of your age-matched population. Graphic version of the result allows for easier understanding and analysis.
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