Telomere Testing

Telomeres are end caps at the end of chromosomes, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration. Telomeres are longer in youth and progressively shorten with each cell division until a critical shortening has occurred which signals cell senescence or cell death. Shorter telomeres imply a shorter lifespan for the cell.

Shorter telomere length has also been associated with an increased risk for most of the chronic diseases associated with aging, including metabolic abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, dementia and premature death. Telomere length provides the best measure of an individual’s biological cellular age. Telomere shortening can be accelerated by harmful environmental factors like oxidative stress and unhealthy lifestyles.

Alternity Healthcare is the first practice in CT to partner with Life Length Labs, the worldwide leader in telomere testing, to offer the gold standard in telomere length assessment: Telomere Analysis Technology (TAT). TAT is the only technology in the world capable of measuring the percentage of critically short telomeres within the cells. This is the most relevant indicator of telomere dysfunction and cellular aging.

Through a simple blood test, telomere length is determined in an individual’s lymphocytes, which is then compared to telomere length in a population of people with similar chronological age. We will review your detailed results with you to fine tune your Peak Health Program for improvement or maintenance of your cellular

Genetic testing measures variations in individuals in order to predict the risk of them developing a particular disease or condition when exposed to a particular environmental factor. Bty understanding an individual’s genetic strengths and weaknesses, we are able to personalize our therapeutic recommendations. We offer a limited number of genetic test for which there are lifestyle, medication or other modification that can change the risk profile.