Our telomeres are constantly being shortened with each cell division until they become critically short. At that point, the cells can either go into apoptosis (programmed cell death) or senescence (sleep mode). The fewer divisions the cell does, the longer our telomere length will remain and thus allowing us to delay this process for much longer!
Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between lengthy telomeres and a longer time required for shortening, which ultimately leads to longer life expectancy. Telomere length and the rate for their shortening are among the essential indicators used to evaluate aging. Advanced testing for telomeres can help identify and measure the size of our telomeres, helping us better understand the aging process and our future health.
Fortunately, modern advances in testing methods allow us to determine all respective lengths and precisely isolate and measure that of the shortest telomere – enabling us to accurately estimate biological age based on this data.
Advanced Telomere Testing
The technology employed by Life Length Advanced Telomere Testing is the most accurate on the market. In contrast to most industries that use PCR technology, these advanced tests utilize the Q-FISH technique to conduct an even more precise analysis, allowing them to assess critically short telomeres comprehensively.
While there are various ways to measure telomere lengths, such as TRF (Terminal Restriction Fragment) Analysis, Quantitative Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (Q-FISH), Flow FISH, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Chromosome Specific Single Telomere Length Analysis (STELA), and Universal STELA, it is essential to note that average telomere length holds little meaning when it is only the shortest telomeric regions which cause senescence and genomic instability.
The Q-FISH method gives us insights into short telomere lengths in normal cells, yet this technique relies heavily on pieces of RNA that bind to telomeres. Unfortunately, these particles may not always reach the smallest telomeres, which can lead to inaccurate results and an overall decrease in testing accuracy. However, this method has been proven to be more reliable than the PCR method, and when combined with STELA, it can provide us with a far better gauge of telomere health.
Advanced testing for telomeres provides individuals with a wealth of information that standard testing simply cannot offer. With this testing, we can better understand your telomere health and how it affects your overall well-being. With regular advanced testing for telomeres, you’ll have an accurate gauge of your biological age, allowing you to make better-informed decisions about your lifestyle and future health.
WHICH CAUSE OF AGING DOES THE ADVANCED TELOMERE TESTING HELP TREAT?
Our centers do Telomere Testing by Life Length on our patients to evaluate various conditions, including:
The genetic theory of aging states that lifespan is primarily determined by the genes we inherit. According to the theory, our longevity is determined mainly at conception and largely depends on our parents and their genes.