The longer your telomeres the better your health and the longer you will probably live. Telomeres are found at the endings of our chromosomes which lie inside of our cells. When the cell divides the chromosomes divide and the telomeres shorten. This shortening over time can be used as a predictive tool of health, called the telomere length. Telomere length fulfills several of the criteria for a biomarker of human aging because it does the following: it decreases with aging, varies among individuals, records the life cycle of dividing cells, and is strongly linked to inflammation and oxidation stress. Telomeres are not a fixed commodity for health, but only an instrument to gauge one’s present condition. Telomeres are a biomarker because they convey one’s particular status of health at a particular point in time. As one ages the telomere length should shorten as reflection of age. Telomere length is like a measure of general vitality. Dr. Palmer does telomere testing in order to gauge his patient’s health status, and as an instrument to follow their progress. Telomere shortening can be reversed and slowed. Studies have shown that lifestyle changes have an impact on telomere length. To read more on Telomere testing click here! Also, download the free ebook on telomeres.