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What causes this?
There are many theoretical reasons why we age including deposition of toxins in and outside of cells leading to deterioration of cell function and structure. As organs deteriorate they fail to function so we do not detoxify efficiently, our glands stop making high levels of hormones that command our body functions and organs slow down. Our nervous system, arteries and vital systems cannot repair as quickly and we age externally and internally.
At the end of the day we all know ( and probably do not need to be told again) the things we know help us stay healthy and live longer
- Eat well – stay thin.
- Exercise – stay fit.
- Avoid bad habits – stay away from toxins.
- Be happy – stay positive.
BUT the trick is to consider what more can we do as we slip off these 4 paths because we live in the real world.
Well FHS using Functional Medicine suggests we need to consider:
- How toxic am I and how efficiently can I remove these?
- How under-nourished or deficient is my lifestyle making me?
- Which part of me and which system or organ of mine is at risk?
- What can I do to compensate for my “evils”?
In effect – we all need to know:
- Where are my toxins coming from and am I getting rid of them efficiently
- Which are my oldest parts
- What acceptable lifestyle and nutritional changes can we make
- What do we need to supplement our system with to compensate for our weak points
Problems associated with Ageing
These are obvious to all of us and to a degree our risk can be assumed based on the genetics of our parents and grandparents. We have to face:
- Structural changes that make us look older and move less fluently
- Age related diseases such as arthritis
- Our arteries clogging and we risk heart attack and stroke
- Decreased digestion and increased food intolerances
- Deficiencies due to slower absorption leading to bone density issues
- And many other areas…
Screening for Optimal Ageing
Prevention is better and easier than cure so knowing your risk factors is the best way to guide yourself to optimum health as you age.
FHS medical director’s book “Live Longer, Live Younger” (Dr R Sharma, Watkin’s publishers) stresses the importance of blending common conventional medical screening and pioneering methods of health prediction. The first gives a ‘flash view’ of your health now and provides early diagnosis of a problem whilst functional screening aims at predicting your weakest areas of health, identifying causes for concerns and establishing the need for change or further investigation.
Broad testing therefore includes screening for
- existing and potential nutritional deficiencies
- toxins and detoxification capability
- effects of stress
- metabolic dysfunctions
- digestive and absorption problems
Much of this requires blood tests and designing a program is best done with the doctor.
The process of assessing healthy ageing is very broad and we strongly recommend a consultation with Dr Sharma who would take you through the different levels of screening available to assess the areas of health that you are most likely to be at risk from.
1. Healthy-Ageing Case Study and Appointment
You are asked to complete a 10 page questionnaire which Dr Sharma will study prior to meeting with you for an hour. He will take you through his Optimal Health Screening Chart expanding on the options you have for assessment.
There are home tests that you can consider giving insight in to some areas of health associated with ageing well.
There are tests that you can consider through a visit to our clinic or a home visit from our nurse to collect blood samples.
2. The CardioScope (£150)
This is a non-invasive investigation using a simple blood pressure cuff around the upper arm. The Cardioscope measures arterial stiffness and central blood pressure, potentially predicting early arterial stiffness which may represent disease or stress response. (Click here for further information)
3. Nutritional and Metabolic Evaluation ( Urine and blood test) (£700)
This test assesses Antioxidants, B Vitamins, Digestive function, Essential Fatty Acids, and Minerals. The test measure oxidative stress caused by free radicals – positively charged molecules that damage the body and are caused by poor diet, deficiency, stress and toxins. Metabolic Analysis assessment provides information on 45 key compounds telling the doctor about malabsorption, bowel bacterial imbalance and digestive issues, cellular energy & mitochondrial activity (the part of cells that turn oxygen and nutrition into energy), neurotransmitter metabolism, vitamin deficiencies and toxin exposure & detoxification capability.
4. Genomic anti-aging analysis
This saliva or cheek cell test looks at your personal gene make-up from the point of view of how it interacts with the environment (specifically NOT looking at genetic disease).
A full list of tests with extensive reports can be provided but the most popular genomic tests are for :
- Heart and arterial disease
- Detoxification ability
- Tendency to some cancers
- Adverse drug reactions (are you safe to use a statin or HRT or the ‘pill’ for example)
- Brain and neurological diseases
- ‘Fit Gen’ tells you what is the best level of activity for you to be doing
Genomic testing does not determine an inevitable disease or condition as genes can be turned on or off much like central heating in a house. Even if it is faulty you can often repair it or make alternative arrangements to keep warm!
A test kit can be sent out for all or any of the areas mentioned above. The Anti-Ageing Genomic profile is extensive and provides a life-guide. It is a test popular with parents to accurately guide their children based on their individual patterns but it can be done by any of us at any age.
Test costs vary from £400 through to the Complete Well-Being Genomic Profile costing £2,300. All tests include the legally required pre-test counselling and consent and a written report in simple to use terms.