Genetics Tests

Telomeres are sections of genetic material that form a protective cap at the end of each chromosome in every cell of the body. When a cell divides, the telomere gets a tiny bit shorter, until there is no more telomere left to protect DNA from “unraveling,” and the cell dies. Cellular death causes the body to age, thus making telomeres a novel biomarker for biological age. The longer one’s telomeres, the younger one’s biological age. Moreover, the rate at which telomeres shorten is accelerated by inflammation, oxidative stress, nutritional deficiencies, genetic pre-disposition, and other lifestyle

habits. Telomere shortening, when expedited, contributes to cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, and cancers.

Requirements

Specimen Type: Whole Blood

Container: 1 Blue Top Sodium Citrate Tube

Fasting: Not required

Collection

  1. Mix by inverting 5-6 times.
  2. Do not centrifuge or freeze.
  3. Label tube with patient name, DOB, and date of collection. 
  4. Can be shipped in either Micronutrient or Combo kit.

Turnaround Time: 14-15 days

Telomere Test

Genetics

Not available in New York State

Genetic testing is not available through healthcare providers in the state of New York. 

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Telomere Sample Report

Methylation refers to the biochemical pathway in which methyl groups (one carbon and three hydrogen atoms) are added to molecules. Because it is involved in nearly all of the body’s functions, it contributes to countless biological processes including:

  •  Detoxification
  •  Energy production
  •  Genetic expression/DNA repair
  •  Inflammatory, immune, and stress response
  •  Neurotransmitter balance
  •  Production and recycling of glutathione

An inability to methylate properly can disrupt any of these processes, ultimately compromising one’s health as the body is not able to effectively respond due to the shortage of methyl groups. Impaired detoxification, cardiovascular disease, neurological problems, and weakened immune functioning in general, are some conditions linked to undermethylation.

Requirements

Specimen Type: Whole Blood

Container: 1 Purple Top

Fasting: Not required

Collection

  1. Mix by inverting 5-6 times.
  2. Do not centrifuge or freeze.
  3. Label tube with patient name, DOB, and date of collection. 
  4. Ship in refrigerated kit provided.

Turnaround Time: 11-13 days

MTHFR

Genetics

Not available in New York State

Genetic testing is not available through healthcare providers in the state of New York. 

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