An Overview of Telomeres

An Overview of Telomeres

Simply put, a telomere is the end-cap of a chromosome which protects the chromosome from deterioration. When cells divide, chromosomes are imperfectly replicated, resulting in a shorter telomere. The shortening of telomeres is an essential part of the aging process, since chromosomes with short telomeres are no longer protected.

Eventually, telomere shortening leads to senescence, or cell death.

Can telomeres grow?

It has in fact been shown that telomeres can maintain their length and even grow with positive lifestyle choices such as Yoga, exercise, meditation, and a healthy diet. On the other hand, negative lifestyle choices such as eating poorly, smoking, and not exercising shorten telomeres. Since longer telomeres correlate to a longer, healthier life, it is in your best interest to live healthy and maintain long telomeres.

Why measure your telomeres

Measuring your telomeres can help you determine if you are making the right lifestyle choices. We will offer you comparative data with others in your age, ethnic, and geographical groups, so that you can decide if your lifestyle choices are shortening your telomeres more rapidly than they should.

More importantly, however, is the fact that when you measure your telomeres with Titanovo, you are participating in a citizen science experiment which has the potential to assist researchers worldwide. Our data may be used in the health sciences to develop proactive treatments for aging, cancers, and a range of other chronic ailments.

We hope that with your help, we can play our part in a revolution in digital health.