Telomere Testing: How Fast Are You Aging?
If you are keen on having a long life, then you will be excited to learn about the Telomere Test that examines biomarkers that are specific to aging and longevity.
Pinnacle Health and Performance Center's highly trained staff will guide you through every step of the test, which measures your biological age in comparison to your
chronological age in order to provide you with an overall picture of how well your body is aging.
What Are Telomeres?
Telomeres are the sections of DNA positioned at the margin of the chromosomes that keep genetic material in check in addition to serving as a protective buffer to keep chromosomes
from rearranging or attaching to each other. In a way, they can be compared to the ends of shoelaces. The telomere gets shorter every time a cell replicates, which leads to death of
the cell after the telomere attrition has reached its limit. As such, the measurement of telomere length in human lymphocytes serves as an indicator for cellular aging: a process that
is supported by studies that demonstrate the relation between shortened telomeres and most of the normal processes of aging.
Telomere testing is one of the cutting edge diagnostic tests recommended by Pinnacle for individuals who like to be involved in the maintenance of their personal health. The age
adjusted length of telomeres provides the best way for individuals to assess their biological age. The continued assessment of telomere length can tell you how fast you are aging
compared to the normal population.
One of the factors that may cause your telomeres to shorten faster is an inflammatory diet. This refers to foods like saturated fats, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, processed foods,
refined carbohydrates, fast foods and sodas that increase your oxidative stress. Telomeres can also be shortened faster by deficiencies in certain nutrients like Vitamins C and D, and
How Does Telomere Testing Work?
Your telomere score will be determined by comparing the telomere length on your white blood cells (T-lymphocytes) to that obtained from a sample of the population in your age bracket.
A higher telomere score implies that your cells are younger, which is desirable. Shorter telomeres are associated with obesity, metabolic abnormalities and severe degenerative diseases
like dementia, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
By knowing your telomere score, Pinnacle’s highly experienced staff can create for you a personalized therapy program that is directed at slowing down the loss of telomere length, in
order to slow aging and the associated diseases. Individuals with a low telomere score are treated with a diet that contains a large amount of diverse antioxidants that reduce oxidative
stress by enhancing oxidative defense to slow telomere shortening. Such a diet comprises uncooked fruits and vegetables, mono-unsaturated fats, cold water fish, high quality vegetable
proteins and omega-3 fatty acids.
How Can I Get Started?
To slow down telomere shortening, you will be required to attain an ideal body composition with the right body fat percentage: 16% for men and 22% for women. Depending on your score,
Pinnacle’s expert staff may recommend a diet that restricts your caloric intake, combined with a workout routine, or corrective nutrient measures that boost vitamin D.
To find out your telomere score and get on track to a long and healthy life, contact Pinnacle Health and Performance Center to schedule your free consultation.