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Telomere Length Test, Add-On Test - ALCAT Test Kit

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The Telomere Length Test, Add-On Test - ALCAT Test Kit assesses telomere length to provide insight into biological aging, disease risk, and the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in promoting cellular health and longevity.


Test Code:






No fasting is required. Avoid antibiotics and antihistamines for 5 days, oral steroids for 7 days, and topical steroids for 24 hours prior to collection. Patients should refrain from taking any medications or supplements for 3-4 hours before their blood draw. Check with your physician before stopping any medications.

Test Results:

7-10 business days once the lab receives the specimen. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

What is the purpose of this test?

The Telomere Length Test, Add-On Test - ALCAT Test Kit is an additional test that can be added to the following ALCAT Test Panel components:

  • Platinum Plus
  • Platinum Comprehensive
  • Comprehensive Wellness #1
  • Comprehensive Wellness #2
  • Comprehensive Wellness #3

The Telomere Length Test is used to measure the length of a person's telomeres, which are the protective caps on the end of each DNA strand that help maintain the integrity of our genetic material as our cells divide and age. The test results can provide information about a person's cellular aging and overall health status and identify potential risks for age-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The test may also be used to monitor the effectiveness of lifestyle changes or medical interventions aimed at improving cellular health and longevity.


Benefits of the Telomere Length Test, Add-On Test - ALCAT Test Kit:

  1. Assessment of Biological Aging: Telomere length is considered a biomarker of biological aging, with shorter telomeres typically associated with advanced age and increased susceptibility to age-related diseases. The Telomere Length Test provides insight into an individual's biological age, which may differ from chronological age, and can help identify individuals who may be at higher risk for age-related health issues.
  2. Prediction of Disease Risk: Shortened telomeres have been linked to a higher risk of various age-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders. The test may help identify individuals at increased risk for these conditions by measuring telomere length, allowing for early intervention and preventive measures to mitigate risk factors and promote longevity.
  3. Monitoring of Lifestyle Interventions: Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep quality can impact telomere length and cellular aging. The Telomere Length Test can be used to monitor the effects of lifestyle interventions on telomere maintenance and cellular health. Positive changes in telomere length over time may indicate improvements in overall health and well-being associated with lifestyle modifications.
  4. Personalized Health Recommendations: Based on the results of the Telomere Length Test, healthcare providers can develop personalized recommendations to support telomere maintenance and promote healthy aging. These recommendations may include dietary modifications, exercise prescriptions, stress reduction techniques, sleep hygiene strategies, and supplementation with nutrients known to support telomere integrity.
  5. Motivation for Health Behavior Change: Knowing one's telomere length and health implications can be a powerful motivator for individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles. Understanding that lifestyle choices can influence cellular aging and longevity may encourage individuals to prioritize behaviors that promote overall health and disease prevention.

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