Telomere Testing

Benefits of Telomere Testing

The primary benefit of a telomere test may be the information it provides to an individual regarding their biological age. This information may enable a person to make adjustments to his/her lifestyle that can lead to better health and a longer life.

Telomeres are known to respond well to a healthy lifestyle. A person who maintains a good diet, exercises regularly, and is free from constant heavy stress, is not likely to endure accelerated telomere shortening.

In contrast, people who, for example, care full-time for elderly or sick relatives (such as a daughter caring alone for a mother with Alzheimer's and a brother with autism) carry a tremendous burden of stress and are more likely to have shorter telomeres.

In particular, mother's who care for sick children—enduring long-periods of high emotional stress—are known to have shorter telomeres.

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