Slow Aging Telomere Testing

Do you know how your body ages? Its biological processes become less efficient over time in part because the blueprint of each cell becomes altered by free radical damage, toxic damage, viral damage, and from the wear and tear of constant replication of our chromosome sequences, the code that tells the cell what it is and what it must do.

Chromosomes are the genetic blueprint that is the building block for life. DNA instructs the cell when to multiply and when to die! It controls every aspect of our existence.

Telomeres are special DNA sequences located on the end of a chromosome. They serve a protective function. Each time a cell divides, it uses the protein sequences of the chromosome as a map and template of what to duplicate. Telomeres shorten as a part of the wear and tear process of oxidative injury made worse by lifestyle habits like smoking, diet, lack of sleep as well as cell replication wear and tear. When the telomere gets to a specified shortness, the cell is programmed to stop its function and die. Telomeres protect the chromosome code so that if damage occurs to the chromosome, its coding sequence, the telomere length will prevent that chromosome from being read to prevent bad cell replication. As a result of the crucial role telomeres play, it is considered a mark of aging.

Why test telomeres

Telomeres are considered a general risk factor for most degenerative diseases of aging as opposed to lifestyle risk factors such as high cholesterol for heart disease. Inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and cognitive disorders such as dementia and depression are suspected also in the link with shortened telomeres. Studies also have shown that longer telomeres correlate to a longer healthier life.

Short telomere length does not diagnose disease but is a predictor of disease risk. Short telomere length is suggestive of having a genetic disease or accelerated wear and tear of the telomeres due to lifestyle stressors, diet, exercise, stress, sleep and/or nutrition.

Fortunately, telomere length is modifiable in as short of a period as a year depending on the therapy and lifestyle changes.

Test your telomeres

Science is now coming of age to allow us to test for prematurely shortened telomeres. Data is being collected to determine percentiles of telomere length for different age groups in men and women. In this fashion testing your telomeres will give you an idea of where you personally stand as your percentile of average telomere length versus percentage of short telomeres for your chronological age. In addition, laboratory technology helps clinicians evaluate the effectiveness of telomere therapy.

What is telomerase?

Telomerase is the enzyme that maintains and repairs shortened telomeres. Promoting telomerase activation promises to benefit diseases of inflammation and degeneration.

How are telomeres measured?

Blood and tissue samples are used to test telomere length with a fluorescence probe whose measurements turn out to be directly proportional to telomere length.  Retesting is done yearly, or every 3 months to monitor treatment outcomes.

Telomere lengthening

In vitro studies show that telomere shortening can be slowed, or even reversed with by boosting the natural enzyme telomerase. So far studies performed by T.A.Sciences, exclusive licensee of TA-65, a telomerase activator, show that shortened telomeres are regenerated. It is a natural product derived by a high tech process that concentrates the effective ingredient in Astragalus, a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb showing no known side effect or detrimental telomere effects with long term use.

Besides the high tech science of taking TA-65, lifestyle changes to reduce:

  • free radical damage
  • oxidative stress from eating processed foods
  • consuming food additives
  • alcohol
  • smoking
  • chronic sleep deprivation
  • and chronic job and emotional stress
  • a healthy diet
  • regular aerobic exercise
  • losing weight

and increasing antioxidants in your nutritional program compliment the regenerative processes that help to repair shortened telomeres.

Immune Matrix has a comprehensive anti-aging program that includes testing for telomere length and protocols that monitor their regeneration, strengthening immune health, improving oxidation, detoxification, metabolic and hormone pathways, and genetic based nutritional and lifestyle modifications.

Please note:
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

 

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Anna Manayan

Anna Manayan