What is my real age? There is now a test to determine with good accuracy your biologic age vs your chronological age through measuring telomere length. Telomeres are “caps” on the end of our DNA, they protect DNA from damage during cell replication. As our cells age the telomeres shorten. When the telomeres get too short the cell can no longer replicate and dies. You can now test your telomere length to determine if you are aging at a “normal” rate or accelerated rate. The good news is there are simple ways to slow the process of aging through, diet, exercise, supplementation, and lifestyle modifications which effect our phenotype. The difference between genotype and phenotype: genotype is what we inherit from our parents. Phenotype are the genes our body expresses/replicates and is largely dependent on environmental factors. Meaning if we understand how to create the proper environment for our bodies we can positively effect our phenotype.
It is pretty neat because as more of these tests come out, we will be able to predict risk for various disease and implement more preventative therapies, so less people have to suffer from the chronic diseases and auto-immune conditions that plague modern society. The only issue, the person has to follow the therapy and make long term lifestyle changes which takes effort.