DNA Testing for Smart Life Choices

Lifespan Potential

People who live to 100 years of age may be less susceptible to some age-related diseases, because they may have a slower rate of aging than average. This information is stored in our genes.

Information specific to your lifespan expectancy is stored in your DNA. Do you want to learn how to plan to live a long and healthy life? Answers about your potential lifespan are available through the Lifespan Potential test.

Knowing more about your genetic makeup can help you protect yourself against aging and disease by implementing preventative measures that can help you live a healthier, longer life.

Are you programmed to live to 100? You can make better life choices and help protect your health. Take the  Lifespan Potential DNA Test today!

Genetics 101

Every cell in the human body contains DNA– a long complex chain made of billions of bases called nucleotides. Only four types of nucleotides compose the DNA chain: These are A=Adenine G = Guanin, T=Thymine, C= Cytosine. The DNA chain is packed in 23 separate packages called chromosomes, which make our genome. A gene is a sequence of hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of nucleotides. Human cells have two copies for almost every gene in our genome. Together, all of our genes determine our physical characteristics and traits.

Nucleotide sequence in the DNA chain has some differences for each person, which is what makes each of us unique. A change in the sequence of even a single nucleotide can determine a person’s certain tendency. Studies have found that is it enough for a person to have a change in a single nucleotide (known as SNP-Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) to mark a gene and to be able to predict with certainty that this person has a specific tendency.
(read more about DNA and genes in Genetics 101).

Lifespan Potential Test

In 1991-1993, researchers collected DNA from 3,741 Japanese men living in Honolulu aged between 71 and 93. Fifteen years later, they selected two sub-groups for further analysis. The first was a group of 213 men who had survived past the age of 95 by August 2007. The second was a group of 402 men who had died near the mean death age of 78.5 years. After careful analysis of three common variation sites in the selected set of analyzed genes, scientists determined that FOXO3A had significantly altered variant frequencies for all three assayed sites.

The scientists found fascinating information about the two groups. The survivor group had lower rates of age-related diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer; they were also leaner and had lower blood glucose and insulin levels. The studies’ results show that FOXO3A probably influences life expectancy via an effect on insulin regulation. So, the survivor group had most likely arrived at their very old age through genetic variants, a good diet, and exercise.

A couple of things to consider before taking the Lifespan Potential Test:

1. The effects of gene variant studies and lifespan are likely to differ between ethnic groups. According to the HapMap database the frequency of the "die early" (A) version of the variant varies substantially between populations: it's around 76% in Japanese, slightly more common (81%) in Chinese, less common (58%) in Europeans, and quite rare (17%) in West Africans.

2. Scientists have attempted to avoid all systematic bias in creating a test such as this, so we suggest following the subject of lifespan and DNA in the future—undoubtedly, new information will become available.

The markers examined at this test are rs2802292 and rs9664222.

These testimonials are based on fictional accounts, but for most of us, they are all-too familiar situations.

“My Grandmother is 95 and my Grandfather lived until he was 101. I read about the Lifespan Potential Test and ordered it immediately. I was always so interested to see if I might also live into my 90s. The results were positive! I guess I’ll be around for a very long time!”

“A lot of my relatives have died at an early age and I have been concerned that this might be the case for me as well. I’ve thought a lot about how to prevent aging diseases through diet, exercise and lifestyle choices, but wanted another perspective. I took the Lifespan Potential Test and my DNA did not reflect that I would have a short life, so I guess I’m on the right track and will most likely have a long and happy life!”

“My wife and I both took the Lifespan Potential Test to see if it would answer our questions about how we might age. Our results reflected that neither of us carries the genes for a long life. We have used this information to modify our lives, and our diet and exercise choices so that we can spend as much time together in love in this lifetime as possible.”

Results available online


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