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You can order your own lab tests to get a sense of how well you are aging. Signs and symptoms of disease often take years of exposure to poor diet and lifestyle, toxins, foods you are sensitive to and stress, that cause chronic inflammation before they are evident. Testing can help you identify whether you have:
Chronic inflammation-Inflammatory markers which can be identified through blood testing can help identify inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation leads to things like heart disease (strokes and heart attacks), diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as others. Measuring these markers can help you see where you are at and measuring after making changes in diet and lifestyle will show how you are making progress. Measuring inflammatory markers such as CRP, homocysteine, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, creatine kinase and uric acid can help identify signs of inflammatory states that can lead to disease.
Metabolism issues-One indicator of chronic stress on your body is the hormone insulin, which moves our body’s blood sugar, called glucose, into cells. Insulin resistance can result from a diet routinely high in sugar. Measuring fasting insulin is one of the best biomarkers. An A1C test is helpful to determine your average blood glucose levels over a 3 month period. Chronically elevated blood sugar levels accelerate aging through a process known as glycation, which can attach to collagen and result in more wrinkles on your skin.
The thyroid is your body’s master metabolism gland. TSH, T3, T4, and Reverse T3 testing can provide information on how well the thyroid gland is functioning.
Nutrient Deficiencies-Processed foods, depleted soil, lack of sun, and exposure to toxins are a few reasons for nutrient deficiencies. Your risk of deficiency increases with aging. Key nutrients to measure include vitamin D, B12, Magnesium, Iron, Omega 6:3 ratio, and micronutrients.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, muscles and overall health. Did you know that vitamin D deficiency is a global problem? Over a billion people worldwide a deficient which can lead to bones and muscle pain, as well as softening of bones.
Vitamin B12 helps us produce healthy red blood cells in our bone marrow. It is available only in animal foods (meat and dairy) or yeast extracts (such as brewer’s yeast). Deficiency can result in anemia-a lower than normal number of red blood cells, and elevated homocysteine (an inflammatory marker).
Magnesium deficiency occurs in more than half of all Americans. Modern lifestyle with too much coffee, alcohol, antibiotic use, drugs, and over-exercise depletes this mineral leading to increased inflammation, poor sleep, muscle spasms, eye twitches, and insomnia.
Iron deficiency occurs in about 30% of the population according to the World Health Organization. Low iron levels can result in fatigue, pale complexion, and increased anxiety. You can test your levels through a serum ferritin test.
Omega 3:6 ratio is an important measure to understand. Too low a ratio of omega-3 fats show low concentration of omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA which are anti-inflammatory in nature and can help to increase HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) that helps decrease the bad LDL cholesterol in our bodies.
Micronutrients, zinc and selenium are important to support our immune system, testosterone production, and maintain a healthy thyroid.
Stress-Stress is the number one cause of inflammation. Stress not only impacts our health, but affects a wide variety of hormones…everything from your energy level to your sex drive. Cortisol is the hormone released in the body’s response to stress. It is a biomarker associated with longevity. higher than normal levels of cortisol usually indicate acute stress while below normal levels are linked to fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Sex hormones can also get out of balance and lead to issues with strength and libido and result in estrogen dominance in women and symptoms such as moodiness, weight gain, insomnia, and fatigue. Hormones and stress biomarkers to watch include cortisol, TSH, T3, T4, testosterone, estradiol, FSH, progesterone, and sex hormone-binding globulin.
Blood Vessel Health-Blood vessel health is literally the lifeblood to aging well. Keeping your blood vessels free and clear to carry all the nutrients and oxygen to your organs will help keep you feeling (and looking) young and healthy. To know exactly where you stand, you’ll want to know your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) sub-particle testing results. This is because LDL can be light and fluffy or small and dense. You want your particles to be light and fluffy, as they are less dangerous to your blood vessel walls.
There is also a genetic marker protein that should be tested once in your life. That is called Lp(a) or lipoprotein (a). this protein is responsible for 8% of all cardiac deaths with no other risk factors present.
Other blood vessel biomarkers to watch include LDL particle umber, peak size, and pattern, as well as Lp(a), triglycerides, and cholesterol/HDL ratio.
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