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.

Why do we use Life Length Labs?  Telomere testing performed at other labs may be less expensive, but they only provide the mean or average telomere length.  The problem with those results is that the various telomeres within a cell do not shorten uniformly throughout the cell.  Life Length Labs measures over 100,000 individual telomeres, chromosome-by-chromosome, in tens of thousands of cells to give a more comprehensive picture of your cellular health.

Through a simple blood test requiring just a teaspoon of blood, 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

Telomere length is a number everyone should know and monitor.  It is one of the single best measures of your current health status and how well you are aging.