Telomeres – what are they and why test them

Telomere Testing

Telomere testing evaluates your health at the cellular level, is the best measure of the current length of a chromosome’s telomeres and has proven to be the most accurate method of determining your biological versus chronological age. It also provides a critical understanding of how lifestyle habits are impacting your health, further informing the development of a truly personalized and targeted age management Program.

By analyzing your cell’s ability to duplicate itself, this revolutionary procedure provides you and your physician with critical data about your body. When a cell replicates, its telomere is shortened and the life span of the cell is reduced. Poor lifestyle factors—smoking, unmanaged stress, being overweight, lack of exercise—can accelerate telomere shortening over time to the point where a cell cannot function properly. When cells can no longer divide, they die, and the risk of disease and premature aging increase.

“Telomere length measurements can provide valuable feedback on one’s disease risks and, potentially, the effects of lifestyle changes.”

-Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Laureate for telomere science

What are Telomeres?

  • Shoelace-like sections of DNA that cap off every chromosome
  • Prevent chromosomes from fraying whenever cells replicate
  • Control the way cells repair and recover
  • Molecular markers for aging—the more short telomeres you have, the biologically “older” you are

Telomeres Graphic

The Life Length® Telomere Test

 

Telomere Analysis, provide by Dr. James Procelli’s “Metabolics” Age Management program from Naples Florida  measures the percentage of short telomeres in individual cells. This percentage is the most relevant indicator of telomere dysfunction and cellular aging.

Testing begins with a simple blood test—no fasting or special preparations necessary. Within a few weeks, you are able to review the detailed results with your Metabolics representative/physician to learn your estimated biological age and fine-tune your Age Managment Program to improve or maintain cellular health.

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