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Do You Know Your Real Biological Age? - Science of Telomeres
Do You Know Your Real Biological Age? – Science of Telomeres

Whilst good skincare is essential – it doesn’t fight aging from its roots. Therefore recently, we have encountered a new approach to tackling the ageing process and that is on the cellular level. Since ageing isn’t associated with just wrinkles and grey hair, but also with the biggest killers such as heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, visual impairment, dementia and osteoarthritis, scientists continue to work hard to find a solution to enable healthy ageing. And it looks like they have made tremendous progress in the past decade.


Our bodies are organically programmed to age. There are many reasons why. One of them is cell impairment and deterioration. There are trillions of cells which constantly divide to keep us alive and well; every cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes that oversee and direct this process.

The chromosomes are long sequences of DNA that contain all our genetic material. Each pair of chromosomes consists of one from your mother and one from your father. See illustration below:



Telomere is the little piece of DNA that sits on the end of each chromosome. If you think of a chromosome as a shoelace, telomere is the plastic bit at the end of the cord which keeps it intact. Similarly, telomere forms a protective cap for the chromosome preventing it from fraying. And this is how these little guys are critical to healthy cell function. However, telomeres become progressively shorter each time the cell divides. Once a telomere is worn away, the cell can no longer divide – it dies or becomes dormant and ultimately triggers DNA damage response.

In 1990, scientists discovered that telomere shortening goes hand-in-hand with the aging process and is the direct cause of cell deterioration.


Telomere length represents our biological age as opposed to our chronological age. Moreover, short telomeres cause premature ageing, a weakened immune system and diseases. Thankfully, there is a blood test that can helps us check our telomere levels, determine real age and predict life expectancy.

Dr. Anil Budh-Raja, (MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, Dip. Dermatology) is one of the practitioners in London who offers such a test. He then personalizes a treatment programme to correct any deficiencies according to the results of the test.

Dr Anil says:

Huge advances in medicine over the past few decades mean we are now able to combat, control and even delay the physical effects of the ageing process...We all want to live longer and healthier lives. And right now, we are in such a crucial period where we have the means to do exactly that. We can fight the ageing process, we have the ability to live much healthier lives than ever before, enjoy our elder years, feeling and looking youthful again…


T.A. Sciences® has recently produced TA-65, a supplement containing an enzyme called telomerase that has proven to slow, stop or perhaps even reverse the telomere shortening that takes place as we age. The supplement is produced naturally from the root of a plant called Astragalus membranaceus.

There’s compelling research that the supplement does actually work.

After taking TA-65, Dr Anil’s patients have reported:

  • More energy and feelings of vitality;
  • Better skin, hair, nails;
  • Improved sexual performance;
  • Enhanced memory and mental ability;
  • Improved vision, including the need to change to weaker glasses and contact lens prescriptions;
My Beauty Insider says

I can’t tell you whether TA-65 works as I personally haven’t tried it (I hope to review it soon)! Nevertheless, I find the evidence that the supplement might work quite compelling. What makes it especially convincing is that you can get physical proof by measuring your telomeres with a blood test prior to taking TA-65 and then after. And this why Dr Anil strongly recommends having a blood test first prior to taking TA-65.

However, if you’re still not entirely convinced or the supplement is too pricey for you (£600), there are other things you can do that might help restore telomere length or at least slow the loss of telomere length: reduce stress, get enough sleep, stop smoking, lose weight, exercise more and eat a healthier diet.


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Jaskelioff M, et al. – Telomerase reactivation reverses tissue degeneration in aged telomerase-deficient mice. Nature 2011;469:102-107;


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