Seen At 11: Are Your Cells Aging You Faster Than The Calendar?


WOULD YOU TAKE A TEST IF IT REVEALED HOW OLD YOU REALLY ARE? DOCTOR MAX GOMEZ ON HOW TO FIND OUT YOUR TRUE AGE. ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. Reporter: WE ALL KNOW HOW OLD WE ARE IN YEARS THAT COULD OUR BODIES BE AGING FASTER OR SLOWER THAN THE CALENDAR? THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY TO FIND OUT, BY MEASURING THE LENGTH OF A CRITICAL PART OF OUR CHROMOSOMES. STRETCHES OF DNA AT THE END OF YOUR CHROMOSOMES PROTECT THE ENDS OF YOUR CHROMOSOMES BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN TO THOSE. Reporter: AS WE AGE, OUR CELLS ARE CONSTANTLY DIVIDING AND WITH EACH CELL DIVISION, THEY GET PROGRESSIVELY SHORTER. STUDIES HAVE LINKED SHORT TELOMERES TO HEART DISEASE, DIABETES AND EVEN ALZHEIMER’S. SOME DOCTORS SAY IT’S A GOOD WAY TO TELL THE TRUE BIOLOGICAL AGE OF OURSELVES. AND NOW, AN AT HOME TEST KIT WILL HELP MEASURE THE LENGTH OF YOUR TELOMERES AND TELL YOU THE RATE AT WHICH OUR CELLS ARE SUPPOSEDLY AGING. MY AGE IS JUST 29. Reporter: I WAS CURIOUS SO I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY. IT’S SORT OF LIKE A CONSUMER FITNESS TRACKER FOR YOUR OWN DNA THAT KIND OF GET — KINDS OF GIVE YOU FEEDBACK ON HOW YOU ARE DOING. I SENT OFF A BLOOD TEST. WE GOT THE RESULTS BACK. Reporter: MAYA AGES THREE YEARS YOUNGER THAN MY CALENDAR AGE SOME MICELLES ARE REPORTEDLY YOUNGER THAN MY CALENDAR AGE. THAT’S A GOOD THING, RIGHT? EXPERTS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF AGING SAY THE PREDICTIVE HEALTH VALUE OF T LAMERE LENGTH IS STILL PRETTY CONTROVERSIAL. WHEN I SPOKE WITH SOME OF THE COUNTRY’S FOREMOST EXPERTS FROM THE AMERICAN FEDERATION FOR AGE AND RESEARCH — THE DIRECT LINKAGE TO A GYM LONGEVITY IS NOT THERE FOR PEOPLE YET. WE CAN USE INFORMATION THAT COMES FROM IT. Reporter: HAVING LONG TELOMERES IS ALSO A HEALTH RISK. THE TELOMERES ARE VERY LONG SO THE T LAMERE’S REALLY HAVE TO BE JUST RIGHT. Reporter: THAT’S WHAT SOME REACHER SERVICE CALLED THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE, NOT TOO SHORT AND NOT TOO LONG. DOCTOR MAX GOMEZ, CBS 2 NEWS. WE HAD THE TEST KIT SENT TO A NEW JERSEY ADDRESS BECAUSE THIS PARTICULAR TEST IS LEGAL IN

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