Wellness Testing and Your Practice
Why Should I Test My Patients?
Measuring the average or mean telomere length in immune cells allows us to determine a patient’s ‘biological’ age.
But it also lets us track this aging process and examine how healthy lifestyle choices affects aging, both overall and specifically within the immune system.
This information may be particularly appealing to individuals who are consuming nutraceutical supplements such as Astragalus Root, which have been clinically shown to slow down degradation or even elongate telomeres. It can also benefit individuals with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, where telomere length has been indicated as a biomarker for disease risk and progression.
How Does the Test Work?
Our telomere length assessment involves the hybridization of fluorescent PNA probe to the telomere regions of the chromosomes. The longer the telomeres, the higher the subsequent fluorescence, the shorter the telomere, the dimmer the fluorescence.
TruBioHealth’s telomere length assessment assay has been validated to accurately measure the telomere length of subpopulations of leukocytes, as well as indicate the percentage of cells with shorter telomeres.
How Often Should Patients Test?
Telomere length measurement is emerging as a biomarker for general cellular aging that can be used to evaluate the influence of lifestyle, stress and disease on an individual’s biological (as opposed to chronological) age.
Regular testing can therefore provide a reliable means of monitoring the effectiveness of healthy lifestyle initiatives.
After an initial test to establish personal baselines, we recommend most individuals get tested every six to 12 months.