How old are you – really? If you base your age on the number of birthdays you’ve celebrated, you may be using the wrong measurement. It makes sense if you think about it. You’ve probably noticed that the people around you are aging at vastly different speeds. So why do some people stay healthy and vital so much longer than others? Biological Age tests such as TruAge can help us see why with more clarity than ever before.
Biological Vs Chronological Age
Scientists may have found the answer, and it starts with changing how we think about our age. Simply put, instead of counting the candles on the cake we should be measuring specific biomarkers of age at a cellular level.
Test such as the TruAge test can determine your “Biological Age”, a much more accurate indicator of your health and youthfulness than your chronological age.
How Does Knowing Your TruAge Biological Age Help?
At this point, you may be wondering why you would want to know your biological age – isn’t your chronological age enough to contend with?
Here’s the most important thing: Knowledge is power. You can use the information you receive regarding your biomarkers and take concrete steps to lower your biological age.
That’s because biomarkers respond to changes in things like your diet, activity levels, sleep patterns, and environmental exposure. In other words, armed with the right information, you can actually age backwards!
What is Epigenetics?
Epigenetics is the study of how DNA interacts with molecules inside your cells which have the ability to activate and deactivate genes. These molecules can boost or interfere with gene expression. This natural process happens most obviously in fetal development, where certain cells are tailored to become heart cells, brain cells, lung cells and so on.
DNA, or the protein it is wrapped around, are tagged by these molecules. The specific set of tags attached to the genome of a specific cell is called the “epigenome”. Each tag can have a specific effect on the gene such as changing how it is expressed, changing its structure so that it is silenced, or even loosening the gene’s structure to make its expression easier.
Every cell in the body has the same genome, but each of the 200 types of cells in the body has a distinct epigenome. This differentiation affects that type of cell’s genetic expression for life, surviving cell division.
How Your Diet and Environment Affect The Epigenome
However, the epigenome’s effects are not entirely predetermined. Your environment can have an effect on your genes as well by influencing the epigenome. This means that your diet, chemical exposure and some medications can affect the way you age and how susceptible you are to disease.
Are Epigenetic Changes Permanent?
Although these environmentally triggered epigenetic changes are “sticky”, they do not have to be permanent. Cleaning up your diet, reducing exposure to chemicals, and leading a fit and active lifestyle may help to create a healthier epigenome in the long run.
Epigenetics In Anti-aging
The field of anti-aging is at a very exciting stage, as research is showing us how to use epigenetics to uncover the secrets of our own aging mechanisms. This knowledge gives us the ability and motivation to make lifestyle changes, and it allows us to develop tailored treatments that can help change genetic expression in a concrete and measurable way.
The Epigenetic Clock
If the ability to help yourself become younger sounds too good to be true, it’s not.
Biomarkers of aging power your epigenetic clock, which is a far more accurate indicator of your biological age than the number of candles on the cake. And improved testing capabilities enable you to customize your approach based on your unique DNA.
Measuring Your Biological Age
There are a variety of ways to measure your biological age, but the epigenetic clock is the most accurate and precise biological age predictor. It is able to predict all-cause mortality independent of several risk factors such as age, body mass index (BMI), education, physical activity, alcohol use, smoking and certain comorbidities.
The TruAge Biological Age test (TruDiagnostics)
The most advanced biological age testing is the TruAge series of tests from TruDiagnostics. They utilize the most robust epigenetic testing technology in the world. We are excited to bring this technology to our patients at YM in Ocala, Fruitland Park (The Villages) and Daytona Florida.
Peptides, Senolytics and Hormones Can Influence Your Biological Age
The TruAge tests take very specific measurements of your epigenetic age through a thorough analysis of specific biomarkers. The resulting information can be used to develop your own personalized anti-aging treatments using combinations of substances such as peptides, hormones and senolytics. We also discuss positive strategies for lifestyle habits and supplementation. It’s all based on how you, very specifically, are aging on a cellular level.
Use Concrete Data To Age Backwards
As a health-conscious person, you probably know that a healthy lifestyle can prolong your life and make you appear younger. Having data that provides concrete numbers regarding your epigenetic age can both provide inspiration and help you fine-tune your plan for healthy living and lasting vitality.
Are you ready to turn back your Biological Age?
Larry Siegel, NP – YM
Larry Siegel is an ARNP and certified SottoPelle practitioner who offers his services at several clinics in the greater Ocala, Daytona Beach, and Villages area of Florida. He founded YM in 2016 in order to create a clinic that offered only the highest quality of ongoing care and anti-aging therapies (including bioidentical hormone replacement, and more) outside the rigid standards of traditional medicine.