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Why We Focus on Predictive Medicine and Longevity

Predictive and Age Management Medicine

Predictive Medicine explores probable or likely diseases, and proactively strives to either prevent them or to lay foundational groundwork to significantly reduce their eventual severity. The primary means by which eventual diseases are predicted is through genetic or genomic analyses, but proteomics (the study of proteins) and cytomics (the study of cellular biology) are valuable avenues as well.

Prenatal screening is a common example of predictive medicine, but the field is also hugely beneficial for children or adults. For instance, genetic risk factors for heart disease, say, or Alzheimer’s might illuminate an early treatment path to significantly reduce eventual morbidity, or prevent a disease from becoming life-threatening.

A related and emerging field is Age Management Medicine. This emerging field recognizes and anticipates the unique challenges presented by aging, or by andro- and menopause, and in particular their impacts on various bodily systems. Age Management Medicine is usually practiced in advance of any symptoms or age-related ailments, as a preventative measure to ensure optimal lifelong health. In particular, the changes to various hormones and balances in the body are considered for their potential negative impact on wellness, and though these cannot always be undone, they can be supplemented or counteracted to help preserve a lasting quality of life well into old age.

Age Management Medicine also has a strong emphasis on cognitive strength and wellness, with the aim of lessening or preventing various types of dementia. With early identification, relatively moderate forms of dementia can be overcome.

Advanced Health was founded to expand the scope of the kinds of medicine offered building on their foundation of Integrative and Functional medicine. We provide a full range of diagnostic screening tests of the immune, digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems, as well as a comprehensive analysis of nutritional markers. These analyses are augmented by metabolic, toxicology, mitochondrial, and microbiomic screenings to fully assess an individual’s risk of disease, hormone imbalance, or nutritional deficiency, especially in cases where these conditions might lead to more severe ailments or diseases later in life.

Depending on the needs of the patient, Advanced Health will recommend a variety of personalized treatment options tailored to a person's microbiome and metabolism. This would be provided alongside high quality nutritional supplementation, personalized wellness coaching, acupuncture, massage, or osteopathy. 

Driven by Data

By collecting and monitoring so many different elements of a patient’s health, as well as trends and prognoses from genetic and other analyses, Advanced Health is able to build an actionable dataset to inform treatment paths or illuminate new options for promoting lifelong wellness. As monitoring is ongoing, that dataset will continue to grow over time. With ongoing lifestyle monitoring, and tracking of personal habits, as well as by tracking changes in various metrics, sometimes over years, it will be possible to further refine and more exactly tailor the appropriate treatment options for any given patient.

Predictive Medicine is built on data, and by bringing in elements from so many different sources, it is possible to develop a robust and comprehensive dataset that just isn’t possible in more conventional Western medicine.

Focusing on a Health-Span

As technology and social infrastructure improve, we’re getting better at living longer. That’s an increase to the average human lifespan that we can be proud of. But aging isn’t just about raw longevity. Rather than an increase to the lifespan, the institute’s approach to medicine focuses on increasing the Health-Span, or the period of life spent without serious disease or infirmity.

It’s the primary goal of the institute not only to extend life, but to extend that period of life which is lived in total mental and bodily wellness. Towards that end, the institute partners with the brightest minds, the most talented physicians, and the most compassionate caregivers, and utilizes the most cutting-edge technology and most innovative approaches to Predictive Medicine possible.

If you or a loved one is ready to take an active role in the management of your lifelong health and wellness, learn more at www.sfadvancedhealth.com

Author
Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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