What are telomeres and why measure telomeres?
Telomeres are the protective end-caps of chromosomes which prevent deterioration of the cell and allow for proper replication. Telomeres become shorter with age, stress and poor lifestyle choices, eventually failing to protect cells. When this happens, the cell no longer properly divides, leading to cell death. Telomere length is controlled by both erosion and addition, with erosion happening when a cell divides and addition being determined by the enzyme telomerase.
Telomerase consists of protein and RNA subunits which elongate telomeres by adding DNA base-pair sequences to the ends of chromosomes. Telomerase exhibition can be increased through a healthy diet, exercise, and even meditation.
Because telomere length can be improved with increased telomerase exhibition (possible through diet, exercise, and meditation), it is an actionable biomarker. This means that a measure of how telomere length is affected by lifestyle can be realized when comparing telomere length and lifestyle (anonymously) with others. We give access to graphs and diagrams which show how their telomere and lifestyle stacks up with a sample of the general population. Short telomere length is also found to be an indicator of early-onset for age-related diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers.
How do I provide samples for testing?
Samples are provided using a buccal cheek swab. Please keep in mind our laboratory is clinically and forensically approved as an approved testing facility. Telomere testing performed by a Ph.D. trained staff will ensure accurate and reliable results.
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