Nutrigenomics Have you ever wondered about how a good diet or a bad diet could affect your body? I’m not just talking about how nutrition can play a role in how you feel or how the number of calories in and the number of calories out can affect the size of your waist-line. I’m talking […]
My interest in epigenetics, and the ability it provides to customize therapy based on an individuals’ genetics, is behind the information I have been sharing recently, and today’s post will be no different. Quite honestly, I am amazed at the power of epigenetics. As you may now be familiar, epigenetics is the study of genetic […]
Imagine before you is a large salad, well-seasoned, loaded with bright and colorful vegetables, topped with lightly grilled salmon, and a large glass of water. Beside that dish is another, a heavily processed cheeseburger from any popular fast-food joint, with an extra-large side of fries, and a tall chocolate milkshake. Now, ask yourself, which of […]
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This past Wednesday, I finally did it. I rolled up my sleeve and had my blood drawn for Telomere testing!
The needle stick was inconsequential to me since I routinely get serum lab tests and also nutritional IV therapies. Just as I counsel and plan with all of my patients regarding everything from thyroid to toxic metals, I also devise my own therapies to correct, tweak, and improve my health markers. I have had my own major challenges, so I know personally that initial gut reaction to lab results!
However, Telomere testing kicks it up a notch regarding true aging. Telomeres are sections of DNA at the end of every chromosome that serve as a cap to your genetic material. Think of them as the small plastic strands on the end of a shoe lace.
Each time one of your 100 trillion cells divide and replicate, the new strand becomes shorter which causes the cell to age. By evaluating the Telomere length on white blood cells, we can assess biological age versus chronological age. The higher the score, the “younger” the cells are, and thus, the goal is to slow the loss of Telomere lengths.
One of the new aspects of optimal aging involves measuring the tiny fragments of DNA found at the end of each chromosome. These caps called telomeres prevent the tips from fraying – much like the plastic tips on shoelaces prevent them from unraveling. Each time a cell divides, the telomere shortens. It’s like an internal […]