MAKING SENSE OF YOUR BIOLOGICAL AGE TEST:

A Guide to Interpreting the Results

The old adage says age is just a number – but with your biological age results, it provides us with insight into your health story. 

By understanding and analyzing these results, we can gain a deeper understanding of our body’s current state and make informed decisions to optimize our well-being.

There are a few parameters that you might see:

  1. Biological age
  2. Aging pace/speed
  3. Telomere length

To explain the first two, here is a simple analogy: life and aging is a long road trip, and you are the driver. Your biological age is the distance travelled by your car, whereas your aging pace is the number that is currently showing on your speedometer, i.e. how fast you are going right now. 

Telemore Length and Aging

Telomeres are like the protective caps at the end of our shoelaces. They exist at the end of our chromosomes and will naturally shorten as our cells continue to divide. It acts as a biological clock to measure cellular aging.

Having a longer telomere length is associated with a slower aging process, and shorter telomeres are associated with increased disease incidence and poorer survival.

Your Aging PACE

A PACE value less than 1 indicates that you are experiencing slowed aging while a value more than 1 indicates accelerated aging.

For example, this PoAm value of 1.45 indicates that this person is aging faster, going at 1.45 years for every 1 calendar year that passes.

Knowing our pace of aging is invaluable because it tells us how fast we are heading towards “danger” or unfavourable conditions so that we can take action. 

The PACE value can be influenced positively 

  • your lifestyle
  • Your nutritional status 
  • Your stress level
  • medical interventions

With knowledge comes power. Armed with understanding, we can make informed choices to potentially slow down the effects of aging, unlocking a path to a healthier and more vibrant life. Embrace the wisdom and take charge of your journey towards vitality. Join us in the pursuit of age-defying wellness.

References

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3. Ros, M., & Carrascosa, J. M. (2020, March). Current nutritional and pharmacological anti-aging interventions. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Molecular Basis of Disease, 1866(3), 165612. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbadis.2019.165612

Functional medicine Malaysia doctor

Author:
Dr. Shirley Koeh
Date:
27 July 2023

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