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Shot Caller: A Podcast by Shannon Sagawe

Jan 12, 2022

Nikolina Lauc- CEO of GlycanAge, a precision health company that has the only biological age test that accurately measures your unique response to lifestyle change, explains to us the 30+ years of glycan research that has helped them develop their unique blood test.  | This episode is brought to you by Pause Well Aging, a well-aging company that is more than just skincare. It’s a movement affirming that beauty gets better with age. |

This father and daughter duo are unlocking the human glycome for preventative health and longevity.  Nikolina, however, did not become an entrepreneur with Glycanage.  Nikolina has ONLY been an entrepreneur, starting as a teenager.

Coming from a family of academics, she was hindered by dyslexia.  Reading Richard Branson's biography was a breakthrough moment when she realised there was more than one way to be successful in life.  Hearing Sir Richard's story of both struggle but passion was a huge influence in her decision to walk her own "entrepreneurial" path.

Her father, Prof. sc.D Gordan Lauc, is a molecular scientist and on the forefront of advanced glycan science.

Glycans play a vital role in keeping us healthy but are also involved in most major diseases. As we age, the balance of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory glycans in our body changes.  She explains how glycans have a large influence on your unique biology and are regulated almost equally by our genes on one side and environment and lifestyle choices on the other.

Nikolina has become a major advocate for educating women on the impact of peri-menopause as it is during this time that women see the greatest increase in biological age- up to 9 years.  She discusses the current, unsatisfactory healthcare support for women in both peri-menopause and menopause.  Nikolina explains the misleading HRT study that created a huge controversy around breast cancer risk.

We also hear about her personal $250k investment into the firm, their venture capital fundraising efforts and the fact that GlycanAge is already at break-even financially!

If you want a sneak peak into how glycans inform what diseases you may be at risk for, 7-10 years ahead of time, this is a podcast for you.  If you want to learn, with more precision, what your personal disease risks may be, take one of their at-home blood tests.

At the end of the podcast, I actually do a finger prick GlycanAge blood test live!  Listen to the end to see how well I do.


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Other relevant guests to this topic on the show:

Dr. Elisabeth Yurth: Episode 1

Dr. Elisabeth Yurth: Episode 2

Dr. Nichola Conlon, Nuchido NAD+

Dr. Tobias Reichmuth, Maximon-The Longevity Company Builder

Daniel Dietz, Spermidine Life+

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