What are telomeres?
Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes, which have an essential role in protecting their integrity in the process of cellular replication.
The function of telomeres is to protect chromosome ends from chromosome fusions and degradation, therefore, ensuring the proper functionality and viability of cells.
Why are telomeres important?
Cells stop duplicating when telomeres become too short. Therefore, telomere length is considered to be an excellent biomarker of tissue renewal capacity and, consequently, of organismal aging. Telomeres progressively shorten with increasing age as a consequence of cumulative cycles of cell division that are required for tissue repair and regeneration.
Interventions that decrease the rate of telomere shortening with age, such as enhancing telomerase, can delay aging and increase longevity.
Short telomeres contribute to the development of age-related diseases
How do telomeres contribute to age-related diseases?
Telomeres have been shown to correlate with Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Metabolic Diseases, Stress and Depression and Oxidative Stress.
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You will receive an appointment for a blood test and are required to complete a medical questionnaire. A Telomere test is €600 and includes a comprehensive health report.
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