MEASURING YOUR AGEs
HA1C (Blood Draw)
The HA1C test is an invasive method that measures the AGE accumulation in the blood obtained through a blood draw. The results from blood draws do not always take into consideration the amount of AGEs in the tissue, or skin.
AGEs can also be measured in the urine. However, because the testing takes place on a specimen that’s already left the body, outside factors may affect the accuracy of the reading. For more information regarding a urinalysis, click here.
A tissue biopsy is the most invasive method and involves the removal of a skin sample, which is then sent to a lab for testing. This is also the most accurate method of testing. For more information regarding a skin biopsy, click here.
An AGE Reader is a diagnostic medical device used by doctors and healthcare professionals to measure AGE levels in the tissue. An AGE Reader uses a spectrometer to detect the level of fluorescence emitted by AGEs in the skin. This noninvasive method has been tested and proven as accurate as a skin biopsy. However, AGE Readers are not readily available in the United States. For more information regarding the AGE Reader, click here.
The TruAge™ Scanner is a research device used by healthcare professionals and calibrated to meet medical standards. The TruAge™ Scanner is as accurate as the AGE Reader, but it is classified as a research device rather than a medical device. It also uses LED light to measure AGE levels. Due to an awareness campaign by Morinda, a global health supplement company, TruAge™ Scanners are more accessible than AGE Readers and don’t require a doctor’s analysis. TruAge™ Scanners can accurately read AGE levels in the skin in under 30 seconds. For a list of TruAge™ scanners near you, click here.