I consider myself to be a fairly healthy person, to my own standards at least.
But does my DNA tell the same story? In this article, I explore the growing trend of “epigenetic wellness” and put my own DNA to the test, courtesy of Chronomics*.
First, we touch on the subject of chronological versus biological age. On my last birthday, there were 23 candles on my cake.
Chronomics take my saliva and assess epigenetic marks at over 20 million positions in the genome to determine the methylation levels. They then look at 1,566 specific positions on my chromosomes that scientific research has shown relate to biological age. My result is generated based on this, along with extra information such as my chronological age, sex, height and weight.
So, biological age is how old my body truly is. 26. Yikes.
Focusing on epigenetic changes as a health parameter certainly seems logical, but I’m aware that, as a field in its infancy, there is still a long way to go for epigenetic testing. In terms of future perspectives, I’m intrigued to see whether an epigenetic wellness approach to health and lifestyle will be incorporated into the changing landscape of modern healthcare.
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