Find out your Biological Age with a DNA Telomere Test!
Are you looking for a reliable way to measure your overall biological health? A DNA telomere evaluation might be the diagnostic tool you’ve been looking for. This test allows our trained physicians to measure the average length of your DNA telomeres in relation to your age. Using this information, they can recommend a broad range of effective lifestyle changes to help improve your health and decrease your risk of disease.
What are DNA Telomeres?
For people to remain healthy, they must create new cells on a constant basis. Each of these cells requires a full instruction manual on how to properly function within the body; this instruction manual is DNA. Within cells, DNA is stored in compact bundles called chromosomes. Each cell contains 46 of these bundles, all of which make up a person’s entire genetic code.
Before cellular reproduction occurs, all 46 chromosomes within that cell must first be individually copied. But the entire length of a chromosome cannot be copied entirely — replication stops most of the way down the chromosome. Telomeres are small sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome. They exist mainly to protect the integrity of the chromosome’s genetic information during replication, acting as a buffer so replication stops at the telomere, rather than at an area of the chromosome rich with genetic information.
What Does a DNA Telomere Test Measure?
Every time new cells are created, the telomeres of older cells become shorter and shorter. Eventually, these telomeres can become so short that vital DNA is removed from them during replication. Once this happens, the cell can no longer replicate itself.
A DNA telomere test measures the average length of a patient’s telomeres in relation to their age. The figure is a good indication of how successfully a patient has aged, as well as how healthy they are in general.
How Can a DNA Telomere Test Benefit You?
Telomere length is a fairly reliable indicator of a patient’s overall level of health and wellness. Individuals with shorter telomeres are at an increased risk of developing certain chronic diseases, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Some cancers
- Vascular dementia
A DNA telomere test can be a wake-up call for people to change their lifestyle habits to work towards a happier, longer life. By changing their diet, exercise, and other lifestyle habits, patients can reverse the effects of telomere depletion and improve their overall health.
Interested in using the length of your telomeres to learn how to improve your health? Contact Better Life today to schedule a DNA telomere appointment. We proudly provide this service to patients in the Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina areas.