Genetic Age Testing

Cortisol moleculeA Window Into Your Longevity.

Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. As a cell ages, its telomeres become shorter. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication, the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die – a normal biological process.We use SpectraCell’s Telomere Test which can determine the length of a patient’s telomeres in relation to the patient’s age. This test analyzes: Lysis of Cells, DNA Extraction and Amplification.

 

+ Frequently Asked Questions


What do the results mean to the patient and the doctor?

Age adjusted telomere length is the best method to date to assess biological age using structural analysis of chromosomal change in the telomere. Serial evaluation of telomere length is an indicator of how rapidly one ages relative to a normal population. Therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may slow aging and age-related diseases.

What role does nutritional medicine play in slowing genetic aging?

Oxidative stress will shorten telomere length and cause aging in cellular tissue. Antioxidant supplements, especially with the use of IV antioxidants, can potentially reduce oxidative stress very effectively, which will ultimately improve oxidative defenses, mitochondrial function, reduce inflammation and slow vascular aging. Targeted supplementation is key, as antioxidants work synergistically and must be balanced to work most effectively and avoid inducing a pro-oxidant effect. Increasing antioxidant capacity at the cellular level is critical to maintaining telomere length. Also, correcting subclinical nutritional deficiencies may contribute to improving disease states and is crucial for telomere maintenance.

When should retesting be considered? 

Testing should be done once per year to evaluate the rate of aging and make adjustments in nutrition, nutritional supplements, weight management, exercise and other lifestyle modifications known to influence telomere length.