We are excited to offer Telomere Length detected by methylation in all TruAge Collections.
What Are Telomeres?
Telomeres are repeating sequences of nucleotide base-pairs at the very end of all your chromosomes.
They don’t carry your essential genetic data, but they do protect it.
Of course, your body generally doesn’t want to harm your genetic code. When the telomeres reach their shortest length, your cells take that as a sign to stop replicating. When a cell stops replicating, but sticks around to use up nutrients instead of being broken down by the body, that’s called cellular senescence.
Cell replication is necessary for healing and growing, so this process of telomere shortening and eventually stopping replication is widely accepted to be one of several factors that causes tissues to age. (T.Lu et al., 2019)
Why is Telomere Length important?
Telomeres are an essential part of human cells, and affect how our cells age. Telomere Length has emerged as an important determinant of cell fate. What happens to your cells at the end of their lifespan – and how quickly they arrive at that end – is an important indicator of the aging process and a wide variety of diseases. People with significantly shorter telomeres are 3x more likely to die from heart disease, and 8x more likely to die from infectious diseases. (M. Shammas, 2011)
Shorter telomere length and low telomerase activity are associated with several chronic preventable diseases.
Telomere Age that focuses on cellular replication and cellular fate
These, along with our trait reports and advanced metrics, work together to form a larger picture of your ever-changing health and lifespan.