Monday, May 23, 2011

Predicting Future Life Longevity With Blood testing

A new research study has been doing a blood test to some people relating about life longevity. Some of you may want to know how long our life or age of death and this can be measured by testing your blood into lab. It is not about forecast using tarot cards or any psychic readings. Recently study claims that blood test can predict your biological age and how much longer you will last.

In UK, there has a test measurement by using the length of telomeres. It means that DNA structure will be able to control the longevity of dividing cells. How does the telomere work? You only see if the telomere is shorter then it will faster your aging. Furthermore, using algorithm which based on the length to be able to assess longevity based on current lifestyle. However, the test actually will not tell you the exact date of year and the prediction was done within a decade.

Maria Blasco, the head of the telomeres research at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, in Madrid said that the telomeres showed both a normal length or not this can give us an indication of our health status as well as physiological age before diseases appear. Talking about how much the cost to do a test lab? In England, the cost is approximately at at £435, if we convert to US dollar around $705 sounds expensive right.

The question is what benefit can be got from testing our blood? This measurement definitely bring some opportunity to make lifestyle changes that lead to increase your lifespan. This is great way to help people change bad habit into good habit if they know how long the age of death. A study published online and in print form, in The Lancet Oncology in 2008, gathered evidence showing major lifestyle changes may extend life and prevent premature cell death.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a UCSF biochemist and known for her discovery of telomeres, along with her lead colleague Dr. Dean Ornish.had been doing a research by taking thirty men who get a low risk prostate cancer. They will be asked to make a significant lifestyle for three months. Some of way was taught stress reduction techniques like how to follow their strict diet, low refined sugars and a diet filled with fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, fish oil and even supplemental vitamins instead of moderate aerobic activity.

As a result, researchers discovered telomerase in the blood increased by 29 percent. On the other hand, the bad cholesterol had reduced. Basically, Telomerase is not only an enzyme which able to repairs and lengthens telomeres but also a DNA protein complex.

By Susan Brady healthnews

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