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    Telomere test

    Do your telomeres come up short? Want to know? Really want to know? Order a test kit to find out.

    https://www.teloyears.com/home/index.html

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    Assuming this is even offered outside the USA.
    What would I get out of it?
    If my telomeres are too short, can they lengthen them?
    "Not yet approved in humans" is what I have read. At least for the next few years.
    So what can I do right now?

    Eat a better diet. Live a better life.
    I can do that without the test. And I am trying.
    (Although I know some people have found in a similar situation that something like this has made the critical difference.)
    To the fear emoji, I would add the anxiety some people would obtain.
    Many people find that response unhealthy. Should they take the test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saetro View Post
    Assuming this is even offered outside the USA.
    What would I get out of it?
    If my telomeres are too short, can they lengthen them?
    "Not yet approved in humans" is what I have read. At least for the next few years.
    So what can I do right now?

    Eat a better diet. Live a better life.
    I can do that without the test. And I am trying.
    (Although I know some people have found in a similar situation that something like this has made the critical difference.)
    To the fear emoji, I would add the anxiety some people would obtain.
    Many people find that response unhealthy. Should they take the test?
    This type of test isn't very useful, because there are a number of other factors that contribute to aging aside from telomere length. I would regard it as entertainment at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warwick View Post
    This type of test isn't very useful, because there are a number of other factors that contribute to aging aside from telomere length. I would regard it as entertainment at this point.
    It is true that telomeres are associated with long life. There just isn't any validated treatment that lengthens telomeres.

    Biogerontology. 2005;6(2):101-11.
    Analysis of telomere length and telomerase activity in tree species of various life-spans, and with age in the bristlecone pine Pinus longaeva.
    Flanary BE1, Kletetschka G.
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    Normal somatic cells have a finite replicative capacity. With each cell division, telomeres (the physical ends of linear chromosomes) progressively shorten until they reach a critical length, at which point the cells enter replicative senescence. Some cells maintain telomere length by the action of the telomerase enzyme. The bristlecone pine, Pinus longaeva, is the oldest known living eukaryotic organism, with the oldest on record turning 4770 years old in 2005. To determine what changes occur, if any, in telomere length and telomerase activity with age, and what roles, if any, telomere length and telomerase activity may play in contributing to the increased life-span and longevity of P. longaeva with age, as well as in other tree species of various life-spans, we undertook a detailed investigation of telomere length and telomerase activity in such trees. The results from this study support the hypothesis that both increased telomere length and telomerase activity may directly/indirectly contribute to the increased life-span and longevity evident in long-lived pine trees (2000-5000 year life-spans) compared to medium-lived (400-500 year life-span) and short-lived (100-200 year life-span) pine trees, as well as in P. longaeva with age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warwick View Post
    This type of test isn't very useful, because there are a number of other factors that contribute to aging aside from telomere length. I would regard it as entertainment at this point.
    I find it amusing as well, but there are some major players in business and academia pursuing this avenue of approach. Most the those in the one billion+ club are supplying the necessary funds for longevity research. Who knows, they may come up with viagra for your telemeres. That's about the long and short of it. Remember the short guy says height doesn't matter.

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    Experiments involving telomeres have shown that they may behave as a cancer inhibitor. Consumption of the telomere limits the number of times the cell can divide, making cancer cells self arrest after reaching the end of the line. And in experiments where they attempted to lengthen the telomeres, increased cancer rate was a side effect. It may be that the body is already optimally adjusted to balance the trade off between longer cell life and capacity for tissue growth and repair versus cancer risk from uncontrolled growth.

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