Telomere Length

Introduction to the Telomere

Premature ageing means one thing – facing what is going on inside the body (and it isn’t always pretty) – cell degradation, disease and ultimately death. Life moves fast, and we take our youth for granted much of the time we are experiencing it.  Fat deposits, aches and pains, fatigue and a lack of vitality are all symptoms of ageing, but can the speed of our personal ageing be predetermined by a simple blood test?

Telomere length offers unique information about an individual’s cells.

Telomere length reveals how your cells are ageing. Equipped with this knowledge, a person can proactively strategize their anti-ageing / age management plan.

Telomeres by definition are sections of genetic material found at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to stop chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. The best visual you can align with this definition is a plastic tip similar to that on the end of shoelaces. These protect the lace from fraying prematurely. A telomeres job is to safeguard chromosomes in the same way. When a cell starts to age, its telomeres shorten. Over time, the telomeres become far too short to allow any replication of cells. The cell then stops dividing and dies.

Telomere testing is a new consideration for the age conscious where the resulting measurement will indicate the ‘biological age’ of one’s cells. It is one of the newest advancements in age management and anti-aging and consists of a simple blood test. Telomere testing identifies the length of a person’s telomere comparing it with what is normal for their age. Therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may then slow ageing and age-related diseases. Therefore, it has a role in any anti-aging/age management program.

Hormones, Peptides and Telomere Length

Telomerase is an enzyme that works to repair and regulate telomeres. Telomerase is controlled and activated by hormones. We underestimate the importance of hormone balancing in the medical field. Hormones can be corrected, especially when a deficiency is caught early. Preventative measures such as getting regular hormone checks offer the protection against a flux of bad life choices, toxins and unhealthy eating.

Letting your hormones become unbalanced is allowing the telomeres to shorten. When telomeres shorten, cells age. Ageing causes disease, and death follows close behind. In conclusion, assuring that optimal levels of hormones in the body such as testosterone, oestrogen and HGH will ensure as indicated in clinical studies a slow down in the health complications arising from age degeneration.

Peptides are often used to help patients maintain GH levels. A typical test taken by patients before they start using growth hormone releasing products is the IGF-1 test. IGF-1 is the indirect measurement of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in the body.

A 2009 study published by The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism took a look at 2744 men and made a positive association based on their telomere length and serum IGF-1 levels.

What kind of diet shortens telomeres faster?

A diet that increases oxidative stress is inclined to shorten telomeres with haste. This applies to a diet high in refined carbohydrates, fast foods, sodas, artificial sweeteners and trans fats. Consuming a diet high in antioxidants will defend the body against the telomere shortening. Consuming a diet rich in fresh uncooked fruit and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids and of mixed fibre will help preserve telomere length.