This revolutionary test is a unique diagnostic tool because it measures an individual's relative state of health in comparison to others in the same age group.
Telomeres are sections of DNA at the end of each chromosome that cap genetic material and act as protective buffers keeping the ends of chromosomes from becoming attached to each other or rearranging. Each time a cell replicates, it's telomere shrinks, eventually causing cell death. Measuring telomere length in human lymphocytes indicates the speed of an individual's cell aging. Worldwide research demonstrates that shortened telomeres are responsible for many of the overall processes of aging.
Telomere length is affected by multiple factors: age, disease, genetics, lifestyle, and use of pharmaceuticals. Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity have strong associations with shorter telomeres. At The MIAMI Institute, measurement of the telomere length is used to gauge an individual's overall state of health. If blood results indicate the telomeres are shorter than average, doctors will prescribe an Intensive Wellness Program including more frequent cancer screening and disease risk monitoring. A sedentary lifestyle and excessive weight, environmental toxins, high carbohydrate diets, sleep deprivation, and smoking, all negatively affect telomere length. At The MIAMI Institute, patients diagnosed with shorter telomere length will also be prescribed an optimal exercise program, diet and nutritional guidelines, and receive assistance in modifying other damaging lifestyle habits.
Telomere attrition can be significantly mitigated with aggressive lifestyle therapies as well as specific medications. Minimizing oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, and shoring up the body's antioxidant defenses all combine to promote sustained telomere length.
Telomeres have been an exciting topic the past few years given their critical link to the aging process and the benefit of having an objective measure of an individual's progress with self-care. The MIAMI Institute focuses on practices oriented toward healthy aging. We realized that telomere testing offers our patients an ideal opportunity for early intervention in the aging process. We believe that the science of telomere management is at the forefront of any comprehensive prevention program.