Medigenics Longevity Center can help you return to health and prevent major health problems via a series of malnutrition tests and care plans. Contact us to learn more about our care options or to schedule an appointment.
Medigenics Longevity Center offers Holistic Medicine services to address the health issues caused by nutritional deficiencies. Not only will our care address your nutritional needs in the moment, but we will also help you overhaul your diet to better ensure your long-term health. And in a day and age where 70% of age-related illnesses can be prevented by alterations in lifestyle and nutrition, we’ve found that addressing nutritional deficiencies is an excellent way to encourage health promotion and disease prevention in all of our patients.
Ready to learn about how our care and services can help you feel better today, tomorrow, and beyond? Contact us to schedule a visit with Dr. Ashok Shetty, a board-certified physician specializing in Internal Medicine.
A nutritional deficiency, otherwise known as malnutrition, describes any occurrence of the body not absorbing a nutrient or getting a particular nutrient via food and diet. Iron and Vitamin D, for example, are examples of nutrients that many people struggle to get enough of. Therefore anyone lacking in one of these nutrients is suffering from some level of malnutrition.
Because every nutrient we need plays a different role in the body, a deficiency in a particular nutrient leads to very specific symptoms. In general, however, deficiencies of nutrients can lead to a variety of health problems. These problems can include digestion problems, skin disorders, stunted or defective bone growth, and even dementia.
Fortunately, a simple nutritional deficiency test is all that is needed to begin reviewing a patient’s nutritional needs, and to address or prevent malnutrition symptoms.
We focus on nutritional deficiencies because treating them can address immediate and long-term medical concerns.
In the short-term, addressing a nutritional deficiency will help resolve acute symptoms associated with a lack of each specific vitamin, mineral, etc.
In the long-term, improving a patient’s diet and nutritional baseline can reduce their risk of developing certain illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers, and osteoporosis. It can also help to reduce high blood pressure and lower high cholesterol, further helping to protect a person from ailments such as heart disease.
A nutrient-dense diet can also improve one’s ability to recover from illness or injury.
Our practice offers nutrition services meant to help patients improve their diet to include more vitamins, minerals, and essential food groups. When combined with our full range of services - including supplements, lab tests, and internal medicine exams - our practice has the ability to provide a custom treatment plan tailored to address your immediate and long-term nutritional needs. This approach helps people will their best now while also addressing their long-term risk of developing various health problems.
The following are all key examples of the nutritional and hormonal assessment services available through our practice, which can be used in any combination to assess your dietary and health needs:
Initial Lab Test to Assess Vitamin and Mineral Status - When addressing malnutrition, it’s important to assess a person’s nutrition and vitamin status overall. This is generally calculated as a sum of their food intake, supplement use, bioavailability, metabolism, and excretion. In addition to using lab tests to gather a nutritional baseline, testing is necessary to monitor any therapeutic supplement use over time.
Fatty Acid Profile - The Fatty Acid Profile measures major fatty acids found in red blood cells. Since fatty acid imbalances can be a causative factor in a variety of chronic health conditions, knowing how prevalent they are in an individual can help their doctor better address and treat their current and long-term health needs.
Food Allergy Testing - Food allergies and sensitivities can cause a range of minor to severe reactions. Even when they are not deadly, allergies have the potential to create serious side effects within the body. Knowing what foods a person is allergic to is therefore critical in helping them plan their meals.
Body Fat Analyzer - The Body Fat Analyzer device measures a person’s weight and volume to determine their body density. The various figures gathered with the device can then help calculate one’s percentage of body fat. With this information, a doctor can evaluate an individual's risk of obesity-related ailments and address those risks accordingly.
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis - This test gives caregivers a comprehensive look at the overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Through it, we can evaluate your digestive health and your body’s ability to absorb nutrients - and we can determine if something is preventing your body from properly digesting the nutrition you give it.
Lipid Disorder and Metabolic Syndrome Assessment - Metabolic syndrome describes a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Metabolic syndrome is often identified through a combination of weight measurements, lipid measurements, and blood pressure measurements. The screening for lipid disorders is done via a blood test that checks the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Hair Mineral Analysis - Hair analysis is a test in which a sample of a person's hair -typically from the back of the neck - is sent to a laboratory for measurement of its mineral content. A hair test may be used as part of a heavy mental test or a nutritional deficiency test.
Immune Function Assessment - Malnutrition can directly important a person’s immune system, putting them at risk of certain illnesses. This test focuses on immune impairment and helps doctors identify any potential increase in susceptibility for different diseases.
No matter which tests we recommend to you, you can expect the testing process to proceed in the following manner: