Frequently asked questions about the epiAge test
Biological age provides an indication about how quickly the body has aged. This can differ significantly from person to person. Various factors play a role in this discrepancy. Surprisingly, however, a person’s inherited genes only play a limited role in this process whereas lifestyle and environmental factors are much more decisive. Chronological age, on the other hand, is measured in years and says little about the state of the body.
It is best to carry out the test in a quiet and healthy phase of your life. If you have recently been sick or have just been vaccinated, we recommend that you wait at least 3-6 months before doing the test. Otherwise, due to the immune response, a significant discrepancy between the biological and the chronological age may arise, which should eventually normalise.
Please follow the instructions in your epiAge test kit carefully. As an epigenetic age determination method, the epiAge test is carried out in a high-tech laboratory, using a state of the art scientific approach. This means that an insufficient or contaminated sample can cause your test to fail or present an inaccurate result.
The epiAge test usually takes 4 weeks after you have sent your sample back to us. In exceptional cases, there may be a delay.
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Your test result represents your epigenetic age. The epigenetic age provides information about how fast or slowly you have aged biologically compared to the general population. You are 53 but feel like you are in your mid-40s? Your epigenetic test result can substantiate your gut feeling with scientific facts. If the opposite is true, you should consider changing your lifestyle and diet to stay dynamic and energetic.
If the difference between chronological and biological age is substantial, it may trigger perplexity, mistrust or even shock. However, we would like to first reassure you and take a look at the bigger picture. A biological or so-called “epigenetic age” test only represents a current snapshot that depends on a variety of factors, including:
- carrying out the test properly
-the quality of the saliva sample
- your overall health condition.
The correct performance of the test is of course essential but unfortunately not always self-evident. Time and again, problematic results, if not downright failures, occur because customers have eaten, smoked, brushed their teeth or discarded their chewing gum shortly before harvesting the saliva sample. Moreover, the sample submitted may be too small or the saliva may not have been properly blended with the buffer solution, which is supposed to guarantee the shelf life or microbiological stability of the sample. When this occurs, it unfortunately entails repeating the test, preferably on an empty stomach, collecting sufficient saliva and then shaking the sealed tube thoroughly before the sample is bagged and shipped.
Because epigenetic age is a relatively dynamic process, it is also subject to fluctuations that can be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Therefore, depending on when the sample was collected, it may well be that your overall health was significantly strengthened or weakened, and you may not even have been aware of it at the time. But to put it bluntly: a negative discrepancy does not necessarily mean that a terrible disease is lurking beneath the surface. If you had a bad cold or Covid-19 a few weeks ago, it may suffice to influence the test result. Longer-lasting lifestyle changes or environmental factors can also have a significant impact – for better or for worse.
In sum, it makes more sense to test yourself during quiet times and normal routines to avoid a major bias in your result.
An epiAge follow-up test can be carried out at any time and it is even recommended that the epigenetic age be tested regularly. It can be used to monitor lifestyle interventions and anti-ageing measures. We recommend a period of 6 months between two tests. However, thanks to high accuracy, shorter intervals are also possible, for example, after significant lifestyle or diet changes have been made.
No: neither we nor our partner laboratory store genetic data. Only methylation markers on your DNA are analysed. Once the analytical process has been completed, your sample is destroyed.
Your sample is labelled with a secure ID number. We issue it anonymously and can no longer assign it to a specific customer. With the secure ID, you can retrieve your test result anonymously.