Imagine the day when a simple blood test could identify if you are at high risk for developing cancer in the future.  And, imagine that the risk could be identified far enough in advance that you could do something to reduce the risk and maybe never get that cancer.  Well, that day may be closer than you think.

In a study just published by the medical schools of Northwestern and Harvard Universities, a 13-year longitudinal study showed that tracking telomere length changes over time may allow them to predict the development of cancer years in advance of its appearance.   In the study, researchers “measured telomeres in nearly 800 people over 13 years.” Of these participants, “135…were diagnosed with some form of cancer during or after the study.” The researchers “found that the telomeres in those who eventually developed cancer looked up to 15 years ‘chronologically older’ than those who did not develop cancer.”

The lead researcher noted:  “Because we saw a strong relationship in the pattern across a wide variety of cancers, with the right testing these procedures could be used to eventually diagnose a wide variety of cancers.”

This study demonstrates and reinforces telomere measurement as a key diagnostic test for early detection and intervention  in CVD, diabetes and cancer –well before these diseases are detectable by conventional tests; allowing you to take pro-active interventions.  As we recently reported in November 2014, The Cleveland Clinics have added telomere testing to their cardiovascular risk profile because it was found to be a better barometer than traditional risk factors.

At Alternity Healthcare, we have been using telomere testing with our patients for the last 5 years to help gauge and mitigate health risks.  We use the more accurate test on the market from Life length Labs. There are a number of strategies that can be employed to slow further telomere shortening, and to activate the telomerase enzyme to repair and lengthen your telomeres. You could really be getting younger each year on the inside.  Have you had your telomere length checked?