TeloYears is a simple genetic test that reveals the cellular age encoded in your DNA so you can know how well you’re aging.
TeloYears is a simple to take, easy to understand genetic test that reveals actionable and inspiring knowledge about how well you're aging at the level of your DNA. From a single drop of blood that you collect at home, you can discover your age in TeloYears which can be older or younger than your actual age.
TeloYears reveals the cellular age encoded in your DNA based on the length of your telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of your DNA strands that tend to shorten and fray with age. Imagine our DNA as a long spiral ladder with millions of rungs. Our telomeres are the last few thousand rungs on the ends of the ladder that keep it from “unzipping” as cells divide and thus protect our genes, which are made up of long stretches of rungs in the middle. Technically speaking, telomeres are repetitive stretches of the nucleotide base pair sequence TTAGGG at the ends of our chromosomes.
When we are born, our telomeres are typically at their longest. However, throughout our lives the telomeres shorten. At every cell division, telomeres lose a bit of their DNA until, over time, the cell cannot replicate and becomes “senescent,” which is the cellular equivalent of aging.
There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence showing that shorter telomeres are associated with a number of age-related diseases, and that lifestyle, genetic, environmental, and other factors can affect your telomere length.
Your age in TeloYears is an intuitive way to know how well you’re aging at a cellular level. Whether you are older or younger in TeloYears, either result provides satisfaction in knowing where you stand and motivation to improve lifestyle choices including diet, exercise or stress management.
Your TeloYears results can also be used, through repeat testing, to track how your choices are affecting your aging as studies have demonstrated that lifestyle choices have been shown have measurable impact on telomere length.
Several studies have shown that, yes, your rate of telomere length shortening may be slowed when sustained changes to your lifestyle are made. Some studies have even suggested that telomere length may increase over time. Factors linked to telomere length include.
Generally speaking, your age in TeloYears is the age of a typical man or woman whose telomere length is similar to yours. More specifically, we measured average telomere length at the population level and used the results to build a mathematical model by analyzing the mean, variance, and distribution of relevant sub populations.
We use this model to calculate your age in TeloYears based on your own telomere length and model-derived factors applied to your actual age and gender. Likewise the model is used to calculate your telomere length as a percentile compared to a typical man or woman of your actual age.
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