DNA makes up every cell in our body and telomeres protect our DNA and every cell from damage which allows the cells to replicate correctly. As we age, cells die or become damaged which requires the surrounding cells replicate, or make new cells, replacing the aging, damaged cells. Telomeres are like the plastic ends on your shoelaces, protecting the ends of chromosome from “fraying” after a cell replicates. Just like your shoelaces, if a telomere becomes too short to do its job, your chromosome you’re your shoelace, begins to unravel, or fray at the ends. Each time a cell replicates, the telomere becomes a little shorter until eventually it becomes too short to allow the cell to replicate or divide. When this happens, the cell becomes inactive, dies, or begins to malfunction and divides incorrectly.
Shorter telomeres have been associated with aging and a higher rate of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, and cancer. When a telomere is too short to protect the chromosome, cells can malfunction causing genetic material to become confused or destroyed leading to aging and chronic disease. Researchers have shown that longer telomeres are associated with a longer life.
The Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic in collaboration with SpectraCell Laboratories, offers a test that can determine the length of your telomeres in relation to your age.
Test results provided by SpectraCell Laboratories
“The Patient Telomere Score is calculated based on the patient’s average telomere length in peripheral whole blood cells. This average is then compared to telomere lengths from a population sample in the same age range as the patient to determine the patient’s percentile score.” https://www.spectracell.com/clinicians/products/telomere-testing/
Protecting the Length of Your Telomeres
At the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic we can help you develop a health plan to slow the signs and symptoms of aging and protect the length of your telomeres.
Steps to protecting, repairing, and lengthening your telomeres include:
Follow an anti-inflammatory diet
Achieve an ideal body weight and composition
Engage in regular exercise
Take nutritional supplements that will help protect and repair telomeres
Attain the proper balance of hormones through bio-identical hormone therapy
Achieve 8 hours of sleep per night
Frequency of Testing
Telomere testing should be done once a year along with your comprehensive blood panel. A yearly test will evaluate any changes in the length of your telomeres and help you and your physician determine if changes need to be made to your health plan.
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