Telomeres


Telomere Measurement


Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes somewhat like the plastic tips on shoelaces. They protect the ends of the chromosomes from damage. Each time a cell divides, it’s telomeres get shorter. Telomere shortening has been closely linked to the aging process and is involved in a variety of chronic diseases and conditions. The percentage of critically short telomeres, those primarily responsible for aging and age-related diseases, are felt to be the best indicator of biologic age. Poor lifestyle factors—smoking, stress, excess body fat, lack of exercise—can accelerate telomere shortening over time.


Cenegenics has partnered with Berkeley Heart Labs and Cleveland Heart Labs to test for

Genetic markers - looking at inherited factors you may not be aware of that can significantly increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Advanced cholesterol panels—because it’s not as simple as “good” and “bad” cholesterol.

Inflammatory markers that can go unrecognized but dramatically increase your risk for cardiovascular events.


“Telomere length measurements can provide valuable feedback on one’s disease risks and, potentially, the effects of lifestyle changes.”

-Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Laureate for telomere science


Life Length is the world leader in and major provider of telomere testing for practitioners and researchers around the world. Cenegenics Elite Heath has partnered with Life Length to bring you the gold standard in telomere measurement: TAT—Telomere Analysis Technology. TAT is the only test in the world that can measure the percentage of short telomeres in individual cells. This percentage is the most relevant indicator of telomere dysfunction and cellular aging. Other telomere tests measure average telomere length and are much less useful clinically. The results of the testing provide an estimated biological age in comparison to your chronologic age. This helps your Cenegenics physician fine-tune your Elite Health Program to maintain or improve your health at the cell level.

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