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SpectraCell's Telomere Testing Goes Mainstream
Date:7/21/2011

our micronutrient testing," says Otto Schaefer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SpectraCell. "The landscape of healthcare is really changing, with people taking charge of their own personal health information."

The most common question asked by people who get the telomere test is "What do I do if I have a low telomere score?"  Basic lifestyle changes are the first step – these include smoking cessation, moderate daily exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.  For those who have already made these choices but still have a low telomere score, a comprehensive nutritional assessment is recommended.  

Deficiencies in nutrients such as folate and vitamins C and D can shorten telomeres, so it is imperative to correct such deficiencies. Oxidative stress is another major culprit in telomere shortening so reducing inflammation and shoring up the body's antioxidant defenses is critical for telomere maintenance. A person's ability to combat free radicals, which cause oxidative stress, can be improved by correcting deficiencies in specific antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamin E, selenium and glutathione.

Telomere length is affected by many factors: age, genetics, lifestyle, disease and pharmaceuticals.  Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and dementia have strong associations with shorter telomeres.  But telomere attrition can be mitigated significantly with aggressive lifestyle therapies as well as certain medications. 

SpectraCell's test measures a person's telomere length. A control gene is also measured and compared to the telomere length, and then results are stated as a ratio.  A higher ratio means a longer telomere, and younger biological age.  The Telomere Score is also compared to other individuals in the same chronological age group.

This automated test is based on Quantitative Real Time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) t
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