What Are Telomeres And Why Are They Important?

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What Are Telomeres And Why Are They Important?
Next Health Staff
December 6, 2023

Ever wondered what telomeres are in the role they play in your body? Telomeres are part of your DNA and are found at the end of every chromosome. More specifically, they are crucial to keeping the information in your DNA intact.

Telomeres are tiny pieces of protein that are largely responsible for the biological age of your cells. This information can be utilized to implement treatments aimed at slowing cellular aging. When performed successfully, certain treatments may be able to reduce the signs of aging and age-related conditions.

Next Health can provide you with the services and treatments that can slow down the effects of aging. We have various lab tests, for instance, that may be able to help you find out what areas of your life need to be adjusted for your overall health to improve.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s break down exactly what telomeres are in the role they play in your health.

What Are Telomeres?

Telomeres are a part of your chromosomes and are attached to the ends of the strands. This allows them to hold the strands together, as well as help your cells replicate correctly and in the right number.

This is partially why telomeres are responsible for your cells’ age. Cells divide and multiply as they grow older. When they do, the telomere shortens. When the cell divides so many times, the telomeres become too short to allow further cell replication, which can cause damage to the cells or cause them to replicate incorrectly.

In most cases, cells die when telomeres become too short. This is, in effect, aging.

Next Health offers telomere testing using advanced technology. We can take a blood sample and analyze the cells within. Depending on the results, we can help you develop a plan that can help increase your longevity or ways to reduce the effects of aging.

Specifically, we can offer you therapies that include plenty of benefits. This may include improved sleep, reduced inflammation, better gut health, better athletic performance, and mental clarity. This may be through vitamin therapies, supplements, lifestyle adjustments, or other treatments that we have to offer.

Why Are Telomeres Important?

The length of the telomeres may affect aging. As your cells split and the telomeres shorten, you might experience more effects of growing old. In other words, prematurely shortened telomeres are often the cause of premature signs of aging.

The telomeres also protect your chromosomes from damage or losing genes. Longer telomeres are often correlated with reduced effects of aging (although no one is completely immune).

Furthermore, when you become stressed, your telomeres may accidentally shorten faster than they should be. Since telomeres have an impact on how you age, it’s important to reduce premature telomere shortening as much as possible.

Let’s break down what you can do to make sure that your telomeres don’t shorten prematurely and what lifestyle changes you can make to ensure their long-term health and functionality.

How To Lengthen Your Telomere

Telomeres may be able to be lengthened even after they have prematurely shortened. Research is still being conducted into lengthening telomeres and the effects that this may have on people. However, the results so far seem to be most promising.

By following a healthy diet and exercising routinely, you may be able to lengthen your telomeres or slow the rates at which they shorten. Managing stress in healthy ways can also be beneficial.

When it comes to your diet, you will want to eat healthy and balanced foods. Being overweight can affect your telomeres, so ensuring that you are living a healthy lifestyle is essential to living a longer life.

The level of antioxidants in your body can also affect your telomeres. You can give your body more of them by eating fruits, vegetables, and more plant-based foods. These nutrients decrease inflammation throughout the body, providing you with other health benefits on top of lengthened telomeres.

Plus, when you are stressed out, your body releases hormones that can cause minor damage to your body. When you are stressed for long periods, you can sometimes cause long-term or irreversible damage to your telomeres.

Finally, exercising regularly is beneficial to your well-being and may be linked to longer telomere length on average.

What Else Can You Do?

We recommend that you take our telomere test at one of our Next|Health locations. That way, we can analyze your telomeres and figure out exactly where you stand. From there, we can determine what types of therapies and supplements that may be able to benefit you the most.

Overall, changing your lifestyle to ensure that you are healthy is the best way to keep your telomeres long. Not only will this improve your telomeres, but you will experience benefits throughout your body when you start making good changes.

However, you may need to do more, depending on your current level of health. Next Health is here to help you reach new highs when it comes to your wellbeing. We offer various supplements and tests that can help you discover the best way to minimize the effects of aging.

These are just a few of the services we offer.

Longevity IV Therapy

This IV treatment is designed to provide the vital nutrients for your brain’s health and improve your body’s ability to withstand stressors. In turn, your telomeres may be less susceptible to stress based damage.

The ingredients also provide optimal cell growth and mitochondrial repair. All of these factors together may help to boost bodily wellness.

Stress IV Therapy

Since stress is linked to shortened telomeres, this supplement drip may be quite beneficial. We designed it to help provide relief from the stressors that you might encounter every day. This can include physical stressors, emotional stressors, and even environmental toxins.

When you are surrounded by pollution and poor air quality, your body might start to be negatively impacted. Stress can wreak havoc on your body’s overall health. This IV drip treatment could help to reduce that damage to some extent.

It is packed with magnesium and other nutrients that can help improve your mood and make it easier to relax. If you’re often stressed due to your lifestyle or job, this treatment could be the perfect pick for you.

NAD+ IV Therapy

NAD+ treatments give your cells more energy, restoring them to their optimal function. NAD therapy research also suggests that the effects of aging might be reversible if your cells have more of this vital compound.

We may recommend this treatment if your telomeres have been significantly shortened already. It is important to note that this treatment also comes in a shot form or you can add it as a booster to another IV treatment. Through this, you could potentially enjoy the benefits of two of our top-tier therapies at once.

Longevity Package

Changing your lifestyle and diet can be very difficult. Because of that, we offer a Longevity Package that comes with expert health and wellness coach sessions. Our coaches will be able to keep you on track with your goals and provide assistance when you need it.

Our team will be available to help you stay on track with your new plan. We understand that it can be difficult to make permanent lifestyle changes on your own.

This package includes the Total Wellness Lab as well. Through this package, we will collect a sample of your blood and analyze it. This can give us a lot of insight into what nutrients your body is missing and other ways that we can assist you in improving your life.

The package includes even more features like a full cardiac evaluation and a full-body MRI. All of these are ways to educate yourself on what your body needs and learn how you can improve your overall health.

The Longevity Package is designed to support a healthy lifespan and quality of life. When you choose this package, you may discover holistic wellness benefits that you never expected.


All in all, telomeres are directly affected by the aging of your cells and the symptoms you experience as a result. Some people experience more issues with aging than others. But the effects of aging can often be sped up by an unbalanced diet, unhealthy lifestyle, and chronic stress.

However, Next Health is here to help you slow down the effects of aging. We offer many different kinds of treatments that may be able to help you. IV therapy is one of our most popular options since it allows your body to absorb many essential nutrients at one time.

Our telomere test is designed to help you figure out what changes are going to be the most beneficial to you. After taking it, we can determine which forms of treatment will be the best. Next Health also offers additional testing that can help you balance other areas of your health.

If you are interested in any of our services, be sure to contact us today. Our team would love to assist you in working out a new lifestyle plan that benefits you.





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