Anti-Aging Examination

Summary: If you would like to know how well your body is aging you might want to consider an anti-aging examination. Instead of a basic health checkup an anti-aging examination is a series of tests that measure how the various systems in your body are handling the aging process.

antiagingcheckWho benefits from an anti-aging examination? Anybody over the age of 20 can benefit from advice in how to grow older gracefully. People in their forties, fifties, sixties, and beyond, however, are the ones who will see the most dramatic improvements to their appearance, health, and energy after just a few weeks on an anti-aging regimen.

Note

Your physician does not typically run this battery of tests as part of a standard health checkup. Many of these diagnostic tests you will need to specifically ask for.

The following tests are important for men and women, with the exception of the PSA test, which is for men only.

Blood count
Measures white and red blood cells and immunity

Chemistry profile
Checks liver and kidney function, albumin and iron levels

PSA – Prostate-Specific Antigen
Elevated levels may point to prostate inflammation, an enlarged prostate, or prostate cancer.

DHEA – Dehydroepiandrosterone
Precursor to the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone.

Somatomedin (IGF-1)
Measures growth hormone levels.

Testosterone (free & total)
Women and men both are affected by the drop in testosterone levels because of aging.

Insulin
Helpful in the diagnosis of insulin resistance and type II diabetes.

Homocysteine
Elevated homocysteine levels have been linked to increased risk of heart attack, poor brain function, and bone fracture.

CRP – C-Reactive Protein
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of systemic inflammation.

TSH – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
Indicates increased thyroid activity – hyperthyroidism, or low thyroid activity – hypothyroidism.

TCP index
Measures the amount of protection you carry against free radicals

Lipid peroxides
Measures free-radical damage to fats in the blood.

Glycation index
Measures the amount of sugars attached to your body’s proteins – a high index indicates accelerated aging.

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