Telomere testingExactly how fast are you aging? Find out with the SpectraCell Telomere Test and slow down the aging process! SpectraCell Telomere Testing: a fascinating window into YOUR cellular health.
What is a Telomere & Why Do I Need to Test it?
Telomeres are sections of genetic material located at the end of every chromosome. Their function is to provide a vital means of preventing ‘fraying’ at the ends of our chromosomal material when cells replicate. Much like the end of a shoelace, which is prevented from fraying by a small plastic sheath, our telomeres act as a protector. When we are young and healthy, there is no fraying or shortening – our telomeres are long & robust.
However, as our cells age, the telomeres at the end of our chromosomes shorten. And as the cell continues to age, these telomeres shorten to such an extent that cell replication can no longer take place. Eventually, the cells stop dividing, causing eventual cell death (a normal biological process). While aging is a natural, normal process, many environmental influences can rapidly accelerate aging (e.g., pollution, metals, toxins, stress) – and if that has happened, we need to know about it so we can stop or even reverse the decline.
Telomere Testing allows us to determine the length of your telomeres in relation to your age by measuring telomere length. This provides a fascinating window into how well your cells are aging, allowing us the means to either tailor your anti-aging program so that it meets your unique needs (if anti-aging is your goal), or to use the data to ascertain whether you might be more vulnerable to age-related dysfunction & conditions. As an early indicator of health or dysfunction, telomere tests can be hugely valuable!
Is Telomere Testing Backed by Science?
Yes! Telomere testing is considered one of the newest advancements available in anti-aging treatments & therapies, providing vital patient data. Backed by numerous research studies conducted over many years, all we need to do is conduct a simple blood test to gain the data that we need.
From there, we compare your sample to a baseline ‘average’ population. These comparisons enable us to spot anomalies or accelerated cell aging, using telomere data as a critical part of a functional, effective age management treatment strategy. To be informed is to be equipped to provide the best medical care possible, furthering our ability to detect dysfunction at the earliest possible stage. In this sense, telomere testing offers one of the best anti-aging, age management tests out there, providing a preventative means of optimizing your health & wellness at every stage of your life.
Telomere Length & Hormonal Assessment
The relationship between telomere length and our hormonal health is closely interrelated.
Telomeres are repaired and regulated by an enzyme known as telomerase, which reacts to the health & functionality of our overall hormonal system. For example, recent studies report that optimized levels of testosterone and estrogen play a vital role in preserving telomere length, so if you suffer from low testosterone, you might find that telomere length becomes compromised too (subsequently forming two potential goals of future therapies – the restoration of testosterone levels alongside the slowing on telomere shortening).
Telomeres are also influenced by levels of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) which can also fall significantly as we age (NB. The Doctors Studio offers some amazing interventions for the safe increase of growth hormone & testosterone levels, so if the two are related, we can treat both!). A 2009 research study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, for example, discussed the role of optimized HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels in 2, 744 men, finding that telomere length was positively and significantly associated with healthy IGF-1 levels (IGF-1, or Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1, an anabolic which stimulates growth & a major mediator of HGH)
When hormonal balance and hormonal quality drops, whether, through age, lifestyle, dysfunction, or disease, we risk the shortening of telomeres and the rapid age-related deterioration of cells and cell quality. As a result, aging &/or disease can accelerate the aging process even faster, affecting everything from the quality of life to mortality.
“In order to keep ourselves healthy and with a high quality of life, I believe we must maintain all our hormones at optimal levels.” – Dr. Lisbeth Roy
Nutrition and Telomere Length
Telomere length (and, subsequently, the body’s rate of aging) shortens faster in the presence of inflammation-inducing, unhealthy diets that place the body under oxidative stress. This process subsequently causes cellular tissue to age at a more rapid rate.
So what can you do to prevent it?
One approach completely within your control is an overhaul of your diet – although it can sometimes be confusing to work out exactly what you should be eating, & how often you should be eating it! That is why the Doctors Studio is ready to create a completely unique, tailored nutrition plan for you, alongside an overview of the lifestyle interventions you need to make to maximize the quality of your nutrition intake & tackle telomeric aging. With respect to telomere health, your diet should include a wide range of antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in the body, subsequently slowing down telomere shortening & aging.
General recommendations also include a serious cap on refined (simple sugar-based) carbohydrates, fast food, junk food, sodas, artificial sweeteners, trans & saturated fats. A lack of fresh fruit and vegetables and a poor mineral and vitamin intake all contribute to telomere shortening because they lack the antioxidants necessary to fight the aging process. A good multivitamin and multimineral is a good start in potentially reducing these oxidative effects, improving oxidative defenses & mitochondrial function, reducing inflammation, and slowing vascular aging.
You could also consider multiple servings of fresh, organic, fruit and vegetables, Omega-3 rich fatty acids, cold-water fish & high-quality vegetable proteins. Supplementing with Vitamin E, C, D, Omega-3 and resveratrol (a type of natural phenol found in grapes, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries & peanuts) is also recommended. Reducing homocysteine levels using folate and Vitamin B supplementation can also slow down the rate of telomere length loss. Exercise has been positively linked to longer telomere length, whilst obesity correlates negatively with telomere length, stressing the importance of weight management. Shorter telomeres have been correlated with a number of different types of cancers, so defining telomere length using SpectraCell Telomere Testing at the Doctors Studio might offer an excellent preventative & adjunct means of screening for cancer.
Ultimately, cleverly targeted, tailored supplementation remains key to working synergistically with your own body, avoiding a pro-oxidant effect & applying the brakes to cellular aging.
The SpectraCell’s Telomere Test:
At the Doctor’s Studio we use The SpectraCell Telomere Test, which performs the following:
- Lysis of Cells (a process whereby the outer cell membrane is broken down / destroyed in order to release intra-cellular materials, such as DNA, protein or organelles)
- DNA Extraction (a routine procedure used to isolate DNA so that it can be tested)
- Amplification (amplification of the signals form DNA that yield from telomerase)
Using data from these tests, a Patient Telomere Score is then calculated using the patients’ average telomere length, which is compared to average population scores by age group, generating an overall percentage of how well that patient conforms to the healthy average for their age.
This percentile score sheds valuable information on cellular attrition (the rate at which changes in telomere length occur over time, & the rate at which cells are lost and replaced). Tests are generally repeated annually to allow the patient and clinician time to make necessary adjustments to diet, nutrition, weight management, lifestyle, exercise, and any other salient factors that require modification in the interim (i.e., before the test is repeated).
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If you suffer from cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, or dementia you may be at heightened risk of premature telomere aging. If your diet is poor, &/or if you suffer from insomnia or chronically impacted sleep, do not exercise regularly, or have concerns over hormonal imbalances, you might also be more at risk. Pollution and toxins expose us all to premature aging, however, so telomere testing can be genuinely useful for everybody.
In sum, telomere testing offers amazing advancements in age-related management, offering a vital weapon in the fight against aging. If you or someone you love would benefit from the use of this innovative, progressive screening tool, please contact the Doctors Studio today and let us set you back on the path to optimized health and revitalization!
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