A New Test Promises to Reveal Your “Cellular Age”
Genetic testing is reaping all sorts of genuine benefits for people, but it’s also creating a marketplace for new consumer products that promise to give you useful information about your body.
Case in point: a new genetic test that promises to reveal the “cellular age” encoded in your DNA.
The test is called TeloYears, and it’s from a company called Telomere Diagnostics.
Telomere, founded by the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine, said that the test measures the length of one’s telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that tend to shorten and fray with age.
How It Works
You buy the TeloYears test for USD 89. After an order is placed, a test kit is mailed directly to a customer’s doorstep.
Using a one drop of blood from a finger, consumers can discover their age in TeloYears, which can be older or younger than their actual age.
In two to three weeks, a TeloYears test report arrives that reveals the customer’s:
- Average telomere length and how it compares (on a percentile basis) to others the same age and gender.
- Age in TeloYears, which is calculated as the actual age of a typical man or woman whose telomere length is similar. One’s age in TeloYears can be older or younger than their actual age.
- TeloYears results over time by highlighting the difference in actual age and age in TeloYears each time a test is submitted.
Basically, the test is designed to tell you how well you’re aging. The company claims that knowing one’s age in TeloYears is important because it is a simple yet comprehensive indicator of overall cellular wellness.
The company said that a key advantage of telomere length is that it can change over time, unlike other parts of your DNA. So TeloYears can be more actionable than other genetic tests.
TeloYears results can be used to set a baseline, then improve and track lifestyle choices including diet, exercise or stress management.
Is This Real, Or Quackery?
This test is too new to have generated much data, pro or con. A reporter in California took the test and wrote about the experience. See it HERE.
What we would advise is that you spend no more than the $89 test price on this company.
For that amount of money it may be worth a look. If it recommends that you exercise more and eat more fruit and veg, well, good.
But beware any further offers to “fix” what’s wrong with you, for a price. We’re not saying that this company will push any further products and services on you, just that if they do, you’ll have a better sense that things are moving into the “quack, rip off” zone.
It certainly is an interesting premise, though. Find out more at www.teloyears.com.
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