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Center for Well Being - Chiropractic & Functional Medicine

952-885-0822

3601 Minnesota Drive
Edina, MN 55435
 

Longevity Medicine: Testing and Health Activation

Some doctors talk alot about anti-aging that include healthy choices such as diet, exercise, stress reduction, etc. but have very little objective markers to show where you are today, and how to proceed with therapies to yield the highest level of wellness.  The Center for Well Being can test your true biological age, measure the nutrient-toxin status and provide a plan to optimize the aging process to live healthier and longer.  Based upon the following testing parameters, the doctor can give the best suggestions that are based upon the most recent peer-reviewed research findings in diet, lifestyle, stress reduction methods and specific nutritional supplements.


Diagnostic Tests

1) Telomere Analysis: blood

2) Organic Acid Analysis: urine

3) Bioimpedance Analysis (in-office, non-invasive)

 

Telomere Analysis

Telomere testing is an innovative cellular aging test that measures a person’s biological age in comparison to their chronological age. Telomeres are sections of DNA at the end of each chromosome that cap genetic material and serve as protective buffers that keep the ends of chromosomes from becoming attached to each other or rearranging. They are often compared to the caps at the ends of shoelaces. Every time a cell replicates, its telomere gets shorter, eventually causing cell death once the telomere attrition has reach its maximum. Measuring telomere length in human lymphocytes is an indicator of cellular aging, and research demonstrates that shortened telomeres are responsible for many of the normal processes of aging.

The phenomenon of cellular aging was first noted by Professor Lenhard Hayflick in 1961. He discovered that cells cannot divide beyond a specific number of times, a phenomenon called the Hayflick Limit, which we now know is triggered by the cell’s telomeres shortening below a specific threshold. When cells can no longer divide, conditions associated with advanced aging appear. Telomere length is affected by many factors: age, genetics, lifestyle, disease. Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and dementia have strong associations with shorter telomeres. But telomere attrition can be mitigated significantly with aggressive lifestyle therapies including diet and nutrient supplementation.

Oxidative stress is another major culprit in telomere shortening so reducing inflammation and shoring up the body’s antioxidant defenses is critical for telomere maintenance. A sedentary lifestyle and excess weight also negatively affects telomere length. The Telomere test measures a person’s telomere length. A control gene is also measured and compared to the telomere length, and then results are stated as a ratio. A higher ratio means a longer telomere, and younger biological age. The Telomere Score is also compared to other individuals in the same chronological age group.

 

Biological Age and how to reverse it!

As we get older our body begins to break down. Classic signs of aging are loss of energy, loss of libido, wrinkles, bags under the eyes, high blood pressure, poor memory and so on.

We cannot stop ourselves getting older but using the latest diagnostic methods, we can monitor the symptoms and problems associated with aging, and most importantly act to manage the adverse affects of the aging process.
 
 
  For many years the medical community has accepted that many of the problems associated with aging are because blood flow becomes less efficient as we age. This is because blood delivers vital nutrients and oxygen to our muscle tissue, skin and other organs.

Through a combination of aging, lifestyle and poor diet our arteries stiffen and restrict the amount of blood being delivered to our skin and other organs.
 
We can see an extreme example of the effect on the skin if the blood flow and therefore the nutrient and oxygen supply to our skin is restricted by looking at smokers. The underlying biological changes that lead to 'smoker's face' are not yet fully understood but it is medically accepted that is likely to be due to damage to small blood vessels in the skin and to the protein matrix (or architecture) of the skin brought about by cigarette smoke or the toxic chemicals in cigarettes.
 


Bio-Impedance Analysis

 


 

 


 

Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA) also known as Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis or BIA, this is a widely-accepted method of measuring the ratio of body fat against lean muscle mass due to its simplicity, speed and noninvasive nature. A Bio-Impedance Analysis helps to determine a realistic measure relating to your picture of health and well-being, and may help in planning goals for weight management or in achieving a better body balance for health improvement and prevention of illness. 

Bio-Impedance Analysis gives valuable information on cellular health, metabolism, toxicity to help create naturopathic, nutrition, or exercise programs suited to your individual needs. The following measurements are taken:

  • Overall Cell Health ("Phase Angle"): This is a key indicator of your overall health. The higher the number, the healthier you are.
  • Body Composition: Indicates the body's percentage of fat and muscle. Important because the more body fat you have, the more inflammation you have - this is a significant risk factor for a number of diseases, especially heart disease, because inflammation stresses key parts of your body defense including your liver, immune system and adrenal glands.
  • Metabolism: Indicates if your body is breaking down healthy or unhealthy tissue for energy. Obviously, the higher your metabolism, the less fat you have.
  • Water inside/outside of cells: When your body has a high level of toxicity, there is more water outside your cells than inside them. Having more water outside of your cells dilutes the toxins and helps to make them less harmful to your body. However, this is not a healthy state to be in because the inside of your cells do not have enough water to function properly.
  • Hydration: If your body is low on water, your metabolism slows. Problems resulting from dehydration include headaches, fatigue, and sweet cravings. It may surprise you that most people are chronically dehydrated because they do not drink enough water

The BIA is a non-invasive test performed at our center.  It is one of the key longevity testing markers to evaluate where you are at in the quest to be as healthy as possible.

 

 

 

 

   

Organic Acid Analysis
 

Urinary organic acids are various metabolites produced by our body cells that can give us direct information about cellular nutrition including vitamin deficiencies, antioxidant deficits, DNA free radical aging, and other toxicity issues.  It even tells us about the yeast and bacteria overgrowth status in the intestinal tract.  

          Optimal cell nutrition and toxin clearance is the center fulcrum in respect to living longer and most importantly, living healthy without fatigue, pain and other energy depleting issues that reduce the quality of life.



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