What does your DNA reveal about your health?
Telomeres are sections of genetic material that form a protective cap at the end of each chromosome in every cell of the body. When a cell divides, the telomere gets a tiny bit shorter, until there is no more telomere left to protect DNA from “unraveling,” and the cell dies. Cellular death causes the body to age, thus making telomeres a novel biomarker for biological age.
The longer one’s telomeres, the younger one’s biological age.
Moreover, the rate at which telomeres shorten is accelerated by inflammation, oxidative stress, nutritional deficiencies, genetic pre-disposition, and other lifestyle habits. Telomere shortening, when expedited, contributes to cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, and cancers.
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Factors Impacting Telomere Length
The rate at which telomeres shorten is accelerated by inflammation, oxidative stress, nutritional deficiencies, obesity, and other lifestyle habits. Furthermore, studies have shown that telomere shortening, when expedited, is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, and cancer.
Are Telomeres a New Biomarker for COVID-19?
A recently published medical paper suggests the answer may be YES. A team of scientists from Rutgers University reviewed the disease progression of COVID-19 and created an interesting hypothesis – that telomeres, particularly short telomere length, may be a potential biomarker that identifies patients most likely to have bad prognosis from COVID-19. The authors suggest that short telomeres “might serve to identify patients more likely to die from the SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of age. Learn more
SpectraCell was the first lab to commercialize telomere testing in the United States, back in 2010. With over a decade of samples, our reference population is well over 15,000 patients.
How it Works
1. Purchase your test kit
Your test kit will be delivered right to your doorstep. If you are located near our laboratory, you will have the option to come in to get your blood draw at no cost.
2. Get your blood drawn
Visit our drawsite locator to find a draw site near you.
3. Get Results
Results will be securely emailed to you within 2-3 weeks. Easily share results with your healthcare provider.