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TELOMERE Health

 

"Telomere shortness is associated with just about all the major disease of aging… from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, diabetes risks such as insulin resistance, vascular dementia, to osteoarthritis...the list goes on and on."

 

           -  Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD Nobel Laureate 2009

 

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Telomere length is an indicator of how healthy you are as you get older. Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. As a cell ages, its telomeres

The Telomere Test can determine the length of a patient’s telomeres in relation to the patient’s age.

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Telomere Health and Testing

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become shorter. This is related to loss of the telomerase enzyme which helps to extend the telomeres. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication, the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die - a normal biological process.

The Patient Telomere Score is calculated based on the patient’s telomere length on white blood cells (T-lymphocytes). This is the average compared to telomere length on lymphocytes from a sample of the American population in the same age range. The higher the telomere score, the “younger” the cells. A Telomere Score that is above the average line is desirable.

Chronological vs. Biological Age

What do the results mean to the patient and the doctor? Age adjusted telomere length is the best method to date to assess biological age using structural analysis of chromosomal change in the telomere. Serial evaluation of telomere length is an indicator of how rapidly one ages relative to a normal population. Therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may slow aging and age-related diseases.

Meet with Dr. Welchner to discuss how the following can impact telomere length and repair:

·         Nutrition

·         Lifestyle modifications

·         Bio-identical Hormone Replacement

·         Nutritional Supplements

·         Pharmacological Treatments

·         Telomerase Activation with TA-65®

 

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