How to use SpectraCell Telomere Testing in an Anti-aging
Telomere Testing provides a window to your cellular
What does your Telomere Testing measure?
Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the
end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. As a
cell ages, its telomeres become shorter. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication,
the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die - a normal biological process. SpectraCell’s Telomere Test
can determine the length of your telomeres in relation to your age.
How are the telomere results reported?
The Patient Telomere Score is calculated based on
your telomere length on white blood cells (T-lymphocytes). This is the one average compared to telomere length
on lymphocytes from a sample of the American population in the same age range. The higher the telomere score,
the “younger” your cells. A Telomere Score that is above the average line is desirable.
What do the telomere results mean to you and the
Age adjusted telomere length is the best method
to date to access your biological age using structural analysis of chromosomal change in the telomere. Serial
evaluation of telomere length is an indicator of how rapidly one ages relative to a normal population.
Therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may slow aging and
What are the general nutritional implications on your telomere
length and repair?
An inflammatory diet, or one that increases
oxidative stress, will shorten telomeres faster. This includes refined carbohydrates, fast foods, processed
foods, sodas, artificial sweeteners, trans fats and saturated fats.
A diet with a large amount and variety of
antioxidants that improves oxidative defense and reduces oxidative stress will slow telomere shortening.
Consumption of 10 servings of fresh and relatively uncooked fruits and vegetables, mixed fiber, monounsaturated
fats, omega-3 fatty acids, cold water fish, and high quality vegetable proteins will help preserve telomere
length. In addition, it is advised to reduce total daily caloric intake and implement an exercise program.
Fasting for 12 hours each night at least 4 days per week is recommended.
What lifestyle modifications are likely to be helpful to
One should achieve ideal body weight and body
composition with low body fat (less than 22% for women and less than 16% for men). Decreasing visceral fat is
very important. Regular aerobic and resistance exercise for at least one hour per day, sleeping for at least 8
hours per night, stress reduction, discontinuation of all tobacco products are strongly recommended.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may decrease the rate of telomere
When should telomere retesting be considered?
Your testing should be done once per year to
evaluate the rate of aging and make adjustments in nutrition, nutritional supplements, weight management,
exercise and other lifestyle modifications known to influence telomere length.
What role will nutritional supplements play in slowing your
Oxidative stress will shorten telomere length and
cause aging in cellular tissue. Antioxidant supplements can potentially reduce oxidative stress very
effectively, which will ultimately improve oxidative defenses, mitochondrial function, reduce inflammation, and
slow vascular aging. Targeted supplementation is key, as antioxidants work synergistically and must be balanced
to work most effectively and avoid inducing a pro-oxidant effect. Increasing antioxidant capacity at the
cellular level is critical to maintaining telomere length.
Recent evidence suggests that a high quality and
balanced multivitamin will also help maintain telomere length. Specifically, studies have linked longer
telomeres with levels of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant
In addition, homocysteine levels have been
inversely associated with telomere length, suggesting that reducing homocysteine levels via folate and vitamin B
supplementation may decrease the rate of telomere loss.
Similarly, conditions such as cardiovascular
disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and even dementia affect telomere length.
Correcting subclinical nutritional deficiencies that may contribute to such diseases is crucial for telomere
What pharmacologic treatments are known to slow telomere
- Angiotension converting enzyme inhibitors
- Angiotensin receptor blockers
- Renin Inhibitors
- Possibly Calcium channel
- Possibly Serum aldosterone receptor
- Possibly metformin
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Control all known coronary heart disease risk factors to
- Reduce LDL cholesterol to about 70mg%,
decrease LDL particle number and increase LDL particle size.
- Reduce oxidized LDL.
- Increase HDL to over 40 mg % in men and over
50 mg % in women and increase HDL 2 subfraction. Reduce inflammatory HDL and increase protective
- Reduce fasting blood glucose to less than 90
mg % and 2 hour post prandial or 2 hour GTT to less than 110 mg%. Keep Hemoglobin AIC to about 5.0% and
keep insulin levels low.
- Reduce blood pressure to about 120/80 mm
- Reduce homocysteine to less than 8
- Reduce HS-CRP to less than
- Maintain ideal body weight and
- Stop smoking.
- Treat Insulin resistance and metabolic
Overall recommendations to maintain telomere
Some clinicians have recommended reducing all
known coronary risk factors, inflammation, oxidative stress, angiotensin II levels or its action. At the
same time, therapy should increase nitric oxide levels and nitric oxide bioavailability, increase arginine,
increase endothelial progenitor cells, improve mitochondrial function and increase oxidative
In addition, one should optimize hormone levels,
exercise, sleep, nutrition and nutritional supplements. Fasting and caloric restriction should be part of the
regimen as well.
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