Testing and Evaluation
Each client will undergo comprehensive laboratory testing, body composition and bone density testing, strength and fitness evaluations, stress and VO2 max testing, nutritional counseling, and a doctor consultation. These are the first steps in determining your hormone levels as well as your current health and wellness.
Lab testing is provided in our clinic. Our Clinic runs an advanced blood panel to get an accurate description of your health.
Our testing and evaluation stage provides valuable information. However, age management medicine looks at your testing and evaluation stage differently than traditional medicine. We want your levels in the optimal range, the levels you had while in your late 20's and early 30's.
Below you will find what we test for and how we test.
The testing enables our staff to customize a health and wellness plan exclusively for you.
Sample Blood Test Profile
Each person will be given a comprehensive questionnaire on diet, lifestyle, and family history. This will give our medical staff a better understanding of what you are dealing with in your life and how we can better help you in the future. Each questionnaire is geared toward answering questions about stress, diet, activity level, and give us a understanding of what you are trying to achieve with our help. We can guarantee if a person starts our individualized custom program, he or she will become a new person within 4 to 6 months. This is our promise to you!
VO2 Max Test
VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is one factor that can determine a person's capacity to perform sustained exercise and is linked to aerobic endurance. VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. It is measured as "milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight." This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of a person's cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. Theoretically, the more oxygen you can use during high-level exercise, the more ATP (energy) you can produce. This is often the case with elite endurance athletes who typically have very high VO2 max values.
V02 max should not be confused with the lactate threshold (LT) or anaerobic threshold (AT), which refers to the point during exhaustive, all-out exercise at which lactate builds up in the muscles during exercise. With proper training, athletes are often able to substantially increase their AT and exercise longer at a higher intensity.
How Is VO2 Max Measured?
Measuring VO2 max accurately requires an all-out effort (usually on a treadmill or bicycle) performed under a strict protocol in a sports performance lab. These protocols involve specific increases in the speed and intensity of the exercise and collection and measurement of the volume and oxygen concentration of inhaled and exhaled air. This determines how much oxygen the athlete is using.
A person's oxygen consumption rises in a linear relationship with exercise intensity -- up to a point. There is a specific point at which oxygen consumption plateaus even if the exercise intensity increases. This plateau marks the V02 max. It's an uncomfortable point in VO2 max testing where the athlete moves from aerobic metabolism to anaerobic metabolism. From here, it's not long before muscle fatigue forces the person to stop exercising. The test usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes and requires a person to be completely rested and motivated to endure the labored breathing long enough to find the true VO2 max. VO2 max can also be estimated. There are a variety of protocols used to estimate VO2 max. One is called the Bruce Treadmill Test.
Body Fat, Muscle and Bone Density test
with a Dexa Scan
How It Works
The Bone densitometer works by using an X-ray scan to give us a total body composition of the different tissue boundaries as well as a full bone scan. For example, there are strong reflections at fat-muscle and muscle-bone. This allows us to detect the true deep adipose, adipose tissue, and bone measurements. By making measurements at multiple points on the body an accurate body fat % can be determined. Also, Dexa Scan measurements are not affected by hydration, exercise level, and caffeine intake, therefore providing consistent results. Dexa Scan may sound intimidating but it is as easy as laying down and closing your eyes for 2 minutes.
Strength and Exercise Assessment
Strength tests can be maximal or predictive. Maximal tests require that you lift progressively heavier weights until you are unable to proceed further--the weight preceding the point at which you failed being your 1RM. Predictive tests estimate your 1RM based on your performance with a lighter weight. Common strength tests include the bench press, dead lift, and squat, although almost any exercise, such as the leg extension machine, can be adapted to strength testing.
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