We’ve all experienced meeting someone for the first time who appears to be much younger — or older — than they really are. This happens because essentially, everyone has two ages: a chronological age, that is the actual amount of time a person has been alive, and a biological age, a measure of how well or poorly their body is functioning relative to their actual calendar age.
What’s most important when speaking of our health is our biological age – the physical condition of our body. Forget about crow’s feet, laugh lines, and the spots on the hands; our biological age is what determines not only our appearance but also our internal organs’ health and ultimately our lifespan. All vital organs begin to lose some function as we age during adulthood. Aging changes occur in all of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs, and these changes affect the functioning of all body systems.
However, we all age biologically at different rates according to our genes and to our lifestyle. Nowadays there are several wellness strategies and medical treatments available to slow down the aging process and prevent age-related diseases. We are not stuck with the biological age we have. Antiaging Medicine is revolutionizing the way we age and function as we grow older. Imagine a world where the most advanced and innovative solutions for your body’s health can change your life and the lives of those you love.
The best way to improve your well-being, reverse aging and help prevent age-related diseases is to start evaluating how old you really are by measuring your biological age. An advanced blood test, called Telomere Analysis Technology ™ (TAT ™), offers insights into how fast your body is aging at the cellular level by measuring your “telomeres” length. Telomeres are the caps on the ends of your chromosomes or DNA strands. They are like the tips of shoelaces. Without these plastic tips on the ends of our shoelaces, the shoelaces quickly start unravelling. The same is true of our DNA.
As we age our telomeres gradually get shorter and shorter. This is like the sand in the hourglass ticking away the years of our lives. When our telomeres get too short our DNA is no longer protected. Thus, when cells divide, errors will be made causing cancer and other chronic medical conditions.
When telomeres get too short, our cells stop functioning properly, they become inactive or “senescent” or they die. The longer your telomeres, the younger your cellular age and the healthier you are. Telomeres shorten with age but can also be shortened by lifestyle factors such as stress, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, a poor diet, poor sleep quality and even strained relationships.
Fortunately, there are things we can do to lengthen our telomeres and reverse aging at the cellular level. We can influence the way our telomeres shorten by changing our lifestyle and by inducing an enzyme, called telomerase, that helps to replace those telomeres’ pieces that are being lost. The Telomere Analysis Technology is the Antiaging Physician road map to develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your quality of life and slow down the aging process.
By making changes now, we can reverse our biological age and dramatically slow the overall aging process.
Change is not only possible, it is within reach.
I wish you all the best,
Dr. Valeria Acampora