- Health screening/profiling
Health screening is often done for the detection of disease that may otherwise not be apparent to the patient. Conventionally, health screening is often treated as disease screening. However, in the functional medicine approach, screening/profiling is targeted at identifying risk factors rather than disease.
Health screening and profiling are similar in that they help patients to identify their baseline health and provide them with the right instructions for managing their bodies to optimize health and prevent disease.
At WGC, Dr Julinda Lee interprets test results in the context of your age, symptoms, risk factors (family history of disease, lifestyle habits such as stress, smoking, alcohol intake and exercise) with stricter targets and guidelines. She aims to identify risk for disease before investigations become “abnormal”, allowing for optimal outcomes in terms of your health.
- Optimizing hormones to delay the effects of ageing and disease
Hormones are chemicals that are produced in different parts of your body that allow your cells to interact with each other. The hormones interact with each other in a system called the endocrine system.
There are many hormones produced by the endocrine system and these include:
- Sex steroid hormones (commonly known as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone)
- Thyroid hormones are involved in many metabolic processes in your body. An underactive thyroid is often seen with increasing age. This may be associated with a lowered metabolic rate and may give rise to problems such as weight gain, depression, constipation, dry skin and hair and affect cholesterol levels
- Adrenal hormones help us to deal with stress. A chronically stressful lifestyle may result in adrenal gland fatigue and may present with tiredness, mood swings and weight gain. It may also be associated with problems such as chronic sinusitis, eczema and irritable bowel syndrome
- Growth hormone is necessary for youth maintenance. It helps to maintain good skin, hair, lean muscle mass and bone mass. Loss of growth hormone levels with age may give rise to tiredness, memory loss, reduced sexual function and weight gain. Benefits of Growth Hormone Replacement in patients who are growth hormone deficient include:
- Increase lean muscle mass
- Lower body fat
- Improvements in Exercise Performance
- Improvements in Bone Mineral Density
- Reducing risk of heart failure
- Increased Psychological Well-Being
- Reduction of risk of Alzheimer’s disease