Obviously, an important insightful gauge into your state of health is, “How do I feel?” Our bodies are constantly talking to us; we just need to listen more carefully. To help you confirm your feelings, we can provide you with detailed reports, graphs, and charts so that you can visually monitor your progress or lack thereof. Over time and depending on your situation, we may utilize many different tools to help you determine your progress and allow us to help you be the best you can be.
Lots of technological breakthroughs are making it easier for all of us to measure progress. For example, the combination of galvanic skin response, pulse oximetry, and blood pressure provides a clear window into how the cardiovascular and endothelial organ systems are functioning. You need to know how these organ systems are functioning, as they are so crucial to your health. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer worldwide, and endothelial dysfunction is a big part of the cardiovascular system’s failure. This particular technology is completely non-invasive, and we have utilized it many times in our laboratory! See our published articles that explain the work in our studies. You do not have to be stuck by a needle, and you do not have to provide any body fluid of any type to conduct this assessment. Standard blood draws can obviously be used for more conventional tests, such as your cholesterol, glucose, and other markers that we have classically utilized to measure health. Now, more elaborate information can be garnered from the blood, such sensitivities or adverse reactions to foods and other ingredients, which can provide insight into common maladies such as overweight, headaches, and stomach problems, among others. See our published studies with this technological breakthrough in food sensitivity testing. Nutrigenomics is a developing field that provides insights into those of us who may have a hard time metabolizing fats or carbohydrates that allows us to formulate strategies to counteract those difficulties.
Other important information that can be used to support our efforts to be healthy including various forms of fitness assessments and testing. Basic assessments include weight and height to calculate body mass index, skin fold pinches to determine overall percentage of body fat, and waist and hip circumferences, which are related to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. You can also have your aerobic capacity (through an assessment known as VO2 maximum or peak, which is your highest amount of oxygen consumed during maximal physical effort), upper and lower body strength (commonly assessed with a certain number of repetitions performed on the bench press and leg press, respectively), and flexibility (usually measured by the sit-and-reach test) tested that provide a comprehensive assessment of your physical fitness or capacity level. These are very valuable tests that can be utilized to gauge your risk of a whole host of chronic diseases and disorders.
Wearable devices and technology are becoming more sophisticated today, moving beyond just basic accelerometry, e.g., number of daily steps taken or amount of time spent moving, to providing assessments of cardiac and respiratory function. Other devices and tools allow for a more automated process of entering data to even receiving laboratory information and results from your physician. With the ever-changing landscape in healthcare, you can be sure that companies are working overtime to integrate technology into the physician-patient interaction to help improve efficiencies. We will capitalize on these technological advances as much as possible to provide you the best service as our preferred client.
Saving the best for last, where we really shine currently regarding measuring your behaviors is in our ability to provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your diet. As we will repeat to you, your dietary behaviors are your number 1 modifiable risk factor for preventing chronic disease. Virtually everything that you feel and how your body functions is due to what you put in your mouth. The information from your food directs your genes to carry out the processes of life. How can you be sure that you are giving your genes the right information? We can monitor over 150 different macro- and micronutrients and dietary factors as part of our customized and personalized Dietary Record, Analysis, and Review service and provide you with the supportive, scientific evidence associated with your nutritional deficiencies. Analyzing your diet at the beginning of our journey together will give us a baseline assessment to allow us to make modifications and compare your results over time. This step is so crucial to evaluating your health, and we highly recommend you taking this step with us to get the most out of your experience at DrJohnLewis.com. As we move forward, we can re-analyze your behaviors to see how such changes can lead to big improvements in your health status.
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