Recently, I had my telomeres tested by the company “TeloYears“, which offers a simple and surprisingly affordable in-home genetic test that reveals the cellular age encoded in your DNA, specifically by using something called a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay.
Teloyears measure your average telomere length by analyzing the DNA found in the many thousands of white blood cells (leukocytes) in just one drop of blood. Then, they enter your data into a mathematical model they derived from measuring telomere length at the population level to calculate your biological age in TeloYears, or the actual age of a typical man or woman whose telomere length is similar to yours.
So, for example, my chronological age is 34, but my biological age (I was shocked) was far different. You find out what it was in today's podcast with my guest Jason Shelton.
Jason Shelton joined Telomere Diagnostics in 2014 with nearly two decades of start-up, medical device, and consumer healthcare experience. Most recently, Jason was CEO of EarLens Corporation where he led the company’s efforts in product development, regulatory affairs, and operational milestones. Prior to joining EarLens, he served as Vice President of Marketing, Health Policy, and Clinical Affairs for Sonitus Medical, a medical device company marketing the SoundBite™ Hearing System. While at Sonitus he helped achieve critical milestones including product design, development, clinical trials, FDA clearance, reimbursement, and commercial launch in the US and Europe. Jason also held leadership positions at BioForm Medical, Align Technology, and SmithKline Beecham, Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline). Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
During our discussion, you'll discover:
-What telomeres are and why they are so important when it comes to anti-aging and longevity…[14:40]
-The results of the fascinating NASA twin study on astronauts on telomere length…[18:45]
-Why different people of different ages and populations have different telomere lengths…[22:05]
-How you can find out your age in “Teloyears” based on a single drop of blood that analyzes your white blood cells…[24:30]
-How often to repeat a telomere test to see if what you are doing is actually working…[31:05]
-How a “popular” Westernized version of a Mediterranean diet may be flawed when it comes to anti-aging effect…[33:00]
-The best kind of exercise to do if you want to decrease the rate at which your telomeres shorten…[49:40 & 64:00]
-And much more…
Resources from this episode:
-Book: The Telomere Effect
Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jason or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Also published on Medium.