What's Inside Your Report
Discover your body’s “true age” and how to change it
Understand aging based on cellular replication
Understand the current pace of your aging process
Understand your immune system’s impact on the aging process
Explore the aging process independent of the immune system
Gain lifelong access to new trait reports as soon as they’re discovered
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The test had more read-outs than any other test I have used in the past and the informative results educated and motivated me to improve my daily habits and think more long term about my health. I would recommend this age test to anyone.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression that do not alter the primary DNA sequence. In other words; ways that outside forces regularly change which of your genes are being used, and by how much.
DNA methylation is a type of epigenetic marker, which can change gene expression. It consists of a small molecule - a Methyl Group - attaching to specific sites on the DNA. We can look at patterns of Methylation to learn a lot about a person's health and aging.
Biological Age is a measurement of your age that can be based on various biomarkers. It is a number that can change due to lifestyle and other health factors. We look at Biological Age measured by methylation because research has shown it is the #1 most accurate and most predictive measure of future disease occurrence, frailty, and can even estimate the time-to-death. That predictive power makes it highly useful both in research and in individual longevity/health tracking.
Methylation (and therefore Biological Age measured by methylation) has been observed to change in response to a wide variety of factors. Even in the womb, our mother's actions and habits influence our initial epigenetic patterns, and the choices we make throughout our life continue to change them. Some of the major factors include:
- Nutrition (diet)
- Exercise Habits
- Sleep habits
- Daily Stress
- Psychological Trauma
- Social Relationships
- Drinking Alcohol
- Environmental pollutants
- Existing diseases
- And much more…
DNA tests check what genes you have, but don't tell you if those genes are being used or not. Epigenetic tests look at markers that change how your genes are turned on or off - essentially checking what genes your body is putting to use. Epigenetic testing can also show how your gene expression has changed over time and can estimate current predispositions toward developing certain diseases, based on gene expression. An easier analogy: It's like looking at a string of lights - a DNA test can identify what genes you have - “20% of these bulbs are orange, 10% are green, 50% are blue…” but it won't tell you whether any of those lights are ON, or if they're burnt out. An Epigenetic test looks at which lights are on or off - which ones are actually in use.
We recommend folks wait 4-6 months between tests, to allow time for methylation changes to occur. This is the timeframe most useful to the average person. In the instance of massive lifestyle shifts, we have seen significant changes occur to Biological Age readouts as rapidly as 8 weeks. How often you decide to test is ultimately up to you.
The collection is a blood spot card kit. This is necessary to get the information needed.