Telomere testing tells you how well you’re aging and helps you to manage the aging process. Your genes are set, but you have an effect on your quality of life and your lifespan with your lifestyle choices. A telomere analysis can tell you if your body is aging at a rate consistent with your chronological age or whether you are aging less rapidly or more rapidly than you actually are. You can counteract the shortening of your telomeres — or even elongate them — through certain therapies.
Telomeres are pieces of DNA material that exist at the end of your chromosomes to protect them, to make sure you don’t get illnesses like cancer. The longer they are, the longer you live. When the human cell replicates, which happens all the time, the telomere shortens. People with shorter telomeres are more likely to develop illnesses and die earlier. They’re a measure of how well you’re aging on the inside.
Dr. Dadurian can measure the length of your telomeres and create a customized lifestyle plan for you so that you may make changes to counteract the shortening of your telomeres and live a longer, healthier life.