“The What, Where, Why, How, and When (How often) to test your telomeres”
HOW FAST ARE YOU AGING?
Telomere testing reveals a window to your cellular age
“First, average telomere length is a lousy way of looking at telomere length. The percentage of critically short telomeres is much more meaningful.” (Dr. Dave)
The % of Short Telomeres, Not Average Telomere Length Determines the Onset of Disease
- Percent of short telomeres detect more differences between individuals than average length
- Percent of short telomeres show higher scattering as we age
- Percent of short telomeres reflect genetic, environmental and lifestyle habits
The length of telomeres, and in particular the abundance of short telomeres, has been proposed as a biomarker of aging and of general health status. A wide variety of studies show the association of short telomeres with age related pathologies and cancer, as well as with lifespan and mortality. These facts highlight the importance of measuring telomere length in human populations and by using reliable methods to uncover the association between telomere length and human disease. Most of these methods provide mean telomere length values per cell or per sample and very few of them are able to measure the abundance of short telomeres, which are the ones indicative of telomere dysfunction.
A single telomere length measurement by itself has no biological value but the knowledge of telomere length of “healthy” individuals of different ages allows the comparison of a given individual telomere length with his/her age and gender group, providing an idea of his/her general health status or even an estimation of his/her biological age. Moreover, telomere length measured over time (longitudinal studies) may provide a valuable instrument to characterize positive or negative effects of several treatments or changes in lifestyle habits. Additional aging markers could be measured in parallel to telomere length to be able to define an “aging signature”. Thus, telomere length measurement arises as a new tool for aging and health status characterization with multiple novel applications.
3 Things Telomere Testing/Measuring must have/offer:
a) % of Critically Short Telomeres
- b) Median TelomereLength
- c) Use Leukocytes (White Blood Cells)
Eg. Life Length Assay with TAT (Telomere Analysis Technology)
The most accurate and reproducible of the tests is the HTQ-FISH assay also known as the Life Length Test which also reports the percentage of short telomeres.
Full Range Biological Age testing (including Telomeres)
Telomere Testing plus vitamins and hormones, etc
Testing Telomeres- The Rest:
Q-PCR type test
Flow-Fish type test (more reliable median measuring than Q-PCR)
*LOCAL testing in Vancouver:
Repeat Diagnostics – Head Office
Suite 309 – 267 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
Telomere Testing Inquiries
Personal Telomeromics: “Can You Turn Back the Clock” Series Links