Why should Patients want the Longevity
To meet insurance reimbursement requirements laboratory tests
are designed to find “health deficiencies”. Many of these deficiencies are
determined by tests that look for bad genetics, or an abnormal quantity of a
biological chemical related to a specific disease processes.
Genetic tests are unlikely to improve the healthcare for the majority of the US population. Although many
genes influence our health and life expectancy, they are not longevity
genes. In fact, our genes control only 25% of how well we age and how long
we live. While our environment, including lifestyle, is responsible
for 75% of our life span.
In the world of modern medical science, normality for the patient has no
"internal" definition determined by the status of the individual.
This fact underlines the serious shortcomings of modern laboratory tests, which are
based upon the accuracy and reliability of "normal ranges".
The person with optimum health and well being for instance, would be
defined as abnormal if others lack the same qualities. One explanation for
the broad range of normal values in a clinical test maybe, individuals with
sub-clinical disease are included when the normal
range sample group is chosen. These sub-clinical individuals may have test values that
differ significantly from the average of the normal group. Since such
participants have been declared "normal", the normal range must be extended
to include this data. After over 200 years “modern medical science” is
no more able to understand or define internal normality or optimum health
than was the case 200 years ago.
Each of us has a unique biological and chemical profile. Therefore,
comparing our individual profile to a national average has limited
preventative value. The more appropriate method to detect changes as a
result of lifestyle modifications and interventions is to monitor the
resulting changes in the individual's biological and chemical profile.
Aging is a set of progressive changes in body composition, at the molecular
and cellular level. These changes are the side-effects of essential
metabolic processes. Many of these changes represent damage, which above a
certain threshold becomes pathogenic. At Integrative Health Research
(IHR), we believe a shift toward smaller size HDL and LDL particles is
The Longevity Test can measure the small but significant changes in LDL
and HDL size profile.