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Telomere testing: how to spy on your cells

You may wonder: Why should I measure my telomeres? There are so many reasons, but most importantly, because telomere length has been associated with a slew of adult maladies. Maladies that are reversible – if you catch them in time.

We’ve come a long way since the 2009 Nobel Prize was awarded to the scientists that demonstrated how telomeres and the telomerase enzyme protect our chromosomes – and our health.

After years of monitoring diagnostic tests, our research team has determined which telomere tests provide the same level of efficacy as all the other biomarker tests you’re used to taking.

Do you know the difference between your chronological age and your biological age?

Your chronological age – the number of years you’ve been on earth – may be lower than your biological age, which is influenced by diet, exercise, lifestyle, sleep and stress (all factors that affect telomere length). Your telomere length dictates how quickly each cell in your body ages. And now that we know they can be lengthened, it’s more important than ever to track your telomere length – annually.

Here are the tests that have earned our research team’s 5-star reviews.

Patients who’ve done some research before their appointment tend to inspire a busy doctor to spend a bit more than the average 8 minutes with them. Ask about these 5-star testing companies, and show your doctor you want to be a proactive participant in your healthcare.

Each of the companies below has its own methodology – so once your doctor chooses your initial baseline test, all of your follow-up tests will need to be from that same company.

Life Length

Life Length
www.lifelength.com

Used in 35 countries, Life Length’s test measures over 100,000 individual telomeres, chromosome-by-chromosome in tens of thousands of your cells. This is the only test that measures median and critically short telomere lengths. Life Length also provides videos that help you understand the science behind your results in more detail.


Repeat Diagnostics

Repeat Diagnostics
www.repeatdx.com

This extremely thorough test measures the genomic DNA inside thousands of your cells. It reports telomere lengths in your: memory T-cells, NK cells, lymphocyte cells, granulocyte cells, B-cells, and naïve cells.


SpectraCell Laboratories

SpectraCell Laboratories
www.spectracell.com

This technology copies your DNA until there is enough of it to analyze. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) compares your telomere lengths to those of other people in your age demographic. It also calculates the rate at which your cells age and die.


UCLA Immunology biomarker panel

UCLA Immunology biomarker panel

Ask your doctor whether she or he is a T.A. Sciences physician licensee or healthcare provider partner.

If so, you may have access to this exclusive non-telomere test that applies laser wavelengths to measure biomarkers of your immune system. Although it’s not a telomere test, this test effectively complements any of the telomere tests listed above. This panel allows follow-up within 90-180 days to track your immune system’s crucial functions.