by Kenneth Janson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, PrevientMD
The number one issue not being addressed in mainstream medicine is behavioral change and how to keep a commitment to your health and aging goals. How do you motivate someone? What motivates you? “I don’t want to be in a nursing home.” Or, “I don’t want to have a heart attack.” These are a few of the prime motivators for people, in taking proactive steps to protect their health.
Being proactive is well worth the time and effort. On average, statistics tell us that the older you live to, the less likely you are to have cognitive decline or go into a nursing home. For the more senior age group, some people simply die after a brief illness, not after years of decline or chronic illness. So it’s a myth that physical and mental decline is inevitable late in life, particularly if you take the necessary preventive steps.
The case for being proactive with your health is straight-forward and clear. You’ve heard how, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ That isn’t just a cliché, it’s a general truth. It’s a guiding principle for the PrevientMD. It’s one of the reasons why the Previent was created.
Two Types of Biochemical Analysis
Blood testing—it’s done to look not only at the presence of disease, but to look for indicators of disease, years before it actually develops. Inflammatory markers are particularly important because we know that inflammation is the basis of many cancers, many forms of heart disease, as well as cognitive decline. Micronutrient testing and appropriate genetic testing can be done to once again help prevent health problems before they occur.
Saliva testing—adrenal levels can be measured and the saliva test can be done to assess neurotransmitters; it’s also a good test to detect hormones associated with chronic anxiety. Adrenal dysfunction is rampant, resulting in decreased immunity, chronic fatigue, weight gain, and additionally the higher risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We have the capability to assess excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain. We can measure hormone and metabolic imbalances that inevitably occur as we age, and that can be safely corrected.
Diagnostic Blood Tests that are Useful for Both Women and Men
- CBC (Complete blood count)
- CMP (Comprehensive metabolic panel)
- A1c (diabetes risk measurement)
- TSH (Thyroid function evaluation, including thyroid stimulating hormone, serum T3 and T4)
- Vitamin D test
- Fasting insulin levels
- C-Reactive Protein
- DHEA (adrenal hormone)
After graduating from the Tulane University School of Medicine and serving as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Kenneth Janson practiced as a surgeon and urologist for several decades, in Chicago. He published medical articles widely in surgical and urological journals and earned the highest award from the American Urological Association for his original laboratory research. He served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, as former Chairman of the Dean’s Council of the Tulane University School of Medicine, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors, Tulane University School of Medicine. He received his certification in age management medicine in 2008 and is a frequent guest speaker at age management medical group national conferences.