TELOMERE LENGTH TESTING
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A telomere is a structure at the tip of a human cell chromosome. The telomere protects the chromosome during cell division, a process correlated with ageing — each round of cell division moves the body further along the ageing process.
Every time cells divide, the telomeres are shortened. Shortening of telomeres is associated with arterial diseases — atherosclerosis, carotid artery disease, pulmonary embolism and stroke, among others — as well as neural diseases and many types of cancer.
Genetic and lifestyle factors can have a significant impact on telomere lengthening and shortening. Certain habits, both good and bad, lead to longer or shorter telomeres. For example, smoking, obesity and psychological stress increase inflammation and oxidative stress, which results in shorter telomeres. Diet, exercise and sleep habits may also impact telomere length and biological ageing. Therapies currently being developed are focused on leveraging telomerase activation to rejuvenate telomeres.
Telomere length testing requires a blood sample that is sent to an off-site laboratory for the test procedure.
Telomere length testing provides insight into the ageing process and cellular age, as well as potential risks for serious diseases. Your doctor may use the testing data to formulate recommendations for reducing the impact of the ageing process and boosting preventive health.
Telomere length is calculated based on the length of the telomeres from your white blood cells. The test results include comparative data showing how your telomere length compares to the general population for your age bracket.
Repeating the test once a year is recommended for those interested in monitoring telomere length changes over time; individuals making significant lifestyle changes may consider repeating the test at six-month intervals.
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