Telomeres – A Window to Your Cellular Age

Posted by admin June 10th, 2009

Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. As a cell ages, its telomeres become shorter. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication, the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die – a normal biological process. Telomere testing can determine the length of your telomeres in relation to your age. This new technology will determine your telomere score based on the calculated length on white blood cells (T-Lymphocytes). Data is compared to a scores from a moving average population of the general population. The higher the telomere score, the “younger” the cells tested. The telomere score is the best direct method to determine biological age using structural analysis of chromosomes. Serial evaluations of telomere length is an indicator of how rapidly one ages relative to the normal population. Therapies can then be directed at slowing the loss of telomere length thus slowing the aging process and age related diseases.
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