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.