April 2011 | Newsletter archives
By Eva Cwynar, M.D.
How do you know what is making you so tired? Especially if you’ve been told that everything is normal? The only way to know for sure is to go through a process of diagnostic testing.
These tests are usually done after you have already gone through standard lab testing. If you’re like most people, you try to make lifestyle changes; you begin exercising more and eating a healthier diet. But these changes don’t seem to be helping. So you visit one or more doctors, but get no answers that explain your ongoing fatigue, or the fact that you seem to be aging before your own eyes.
There are tests that can help determine if your body is deficient in nutrients and more, things that may be preventing you from performing at optimal levels, and from looking and feeling your best every day.
The tests I like to conduct most often are to examine your micronutrient levels, and your telomeres.
Overwhelming scientific evidence confirms that vitamin deficiencies are often associated with the overall condition of your health. Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies specifically have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, not to mention contributing to fatigue.
The testing I run gives me a past year’s worth of nutritional evaluation on a cellular level, telling us what your body needs. If you’re deficient in antioxidants, for instance, your cells are dying a slow death that is visible on your skin as accelerated aging.
Even if you think you eat well, you may still be deficient. Micronutrient testing will help us determine exactly what you need.
Telomere testing helps to identify if your cells are fraying – and thus aging you and your skin – by measuring the length of a cell’s telomere (DNA). If it’s too short, the cell will stop dividing, and die. If we can jumpstart your telomeres, we can help reduce the look of age.
Tests are conducted through my office using a laboratory known as Spectracell. The micronutrient test is even covered by most insurance policies.
Identifying your deficiencies also identifies anti-aging strategies that will help you live a longer and more energizing life.