What is your age?
When it comes to our health, time is not always on our side. With passage of time, our bodies deteriorate and we start to lose function. We call this aging and determine our age by the number of times earth has revolved around the sun since our birth. But is this really how we should calculate our age? We all have varying degrees of health preservation or deterioration. With modern science and technology, we have sophisticated and precise ways to determine how much function and structure we have lost over the course of time. Why not try to preserve it for as long as possible and improve our health span.
Below are some markers of determining several aspects of aging.
Why look at only this?
Aging process in the main categories leads to aging in the sub-categories
Major components of Age Management Evaluation
Cellular Age - Cellular or biological age is measured by telomere testing. Telomeres are ends of chromosomes in our cells and start to shorten as we age. Telomere length directly correlates to overall aging process. By measuring telomeres length, we can find out how much we have aged at the cellular level. Click here to learn more.
Vascular Age - Structure and function of blood vessels determines our vascular age. While traditional blood pressure and cholesterol measurement are ways of finding out if there is inflammation or hardening in the blood vessels, advanced functional testing can provide us information in terms of health of our small and large arteries. Click here to learn more.
Mental age - Many people start to notice a decline in memory and cognitive function as they age. People refer to these as "senior moments". With appropriate age management, there should be no senior moments. Neurocogitive testing provides us with assessment in several domains of neurocognitive performance. This can help detect early decline and develop strategies to prevent further decline. Click here to learn more.
In addition to these main categories, aging can manifest in several areas such as skin, hair, nails, gut, genitourinary function, and functions of eyes and ears.
Below are several additional components of age assessment and management.
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In addition to the above tests, weight management and gut health evaluation are important components of age management. In addition to making us look unhealthy and unattractive, excessive weight can lead to rapid ageing through a variety of mechanisms.
Poor gut health can lead to a myriad of inflammatory processes and cause premature ageing.
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