Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes, which have an essential role in protecting their integrity in the process of cellular replication. One common analogy is that they are like the plastic caps at the end of shoelaces which keep the laces from unraveling. Telomeres are formed by repeats of a concrete, repetitive DNA sequence, along with associated proteins. The function of telomeres is to protect chromosome ends from chromosome fusions and degradation, therefore, ensuring the proper functionality and viability of cells. Thus, telomere length serves as the biomarker of the cell replicative capacity, which defines the biological age of the individual.
Firstly, it is an excellent indicator of individuals’ overall general health status. Secondly, knowing our biological age permits us to obtain a better understanding of the lifestyle habits that impact our aging process. This affords us the opportunity to make appropriate changes and through periodic re-testing measure the results. Thirdly, Life Length’s Telomere Analysis Technology® (TAT®), will allow for more personalized medicine as doctors increasingly treat patients taking into consideration their biological age.
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