Health. Vitality. Longevity.
Dr. Dian J. Ginsberg • Dr. Lauren U. Ta • Dr. John Ott • Dr. Vik Rajan

A comprehensive wellness practice for all ages and genders

Advanced Clinical Testing

The foundation of all our wellness programs is discovering just what each patient needs to optimize their health. Advanced diagnostic testing is the critical tool that allows our medical team to design a customized program for each individual. Below is an explanation of the tests we commonly employ and why they are so important to evaluating your health.

Micronutrient Testing

Micronutrients are substances that we need to live and grow that we cannot produce in our body – we must get them from the outside world. They are used to build and repair our bodies so that we may function to the best of our ability. Micronutrient testing is a state of the art blood evaluation that detects low levels of specific micronutrients at the tissue level. New research shows a link between certain vitamin deficiencies and the development of serious health issues. We recommend this effective diagnostic tool to all patients interested in enhancing athletic performance, decreasing injury, minimizing risk factors for illness and managing chronic disease. It is also an important element of our program for those seeking to overcome the effects of poor diet and sedentary lifestyles. Other variables that impact your nutritional status can include prescription medications, smoking, heavy consumption of alcohol, extreme exercise, pregnancy and nursing.

The latest science indicates that micronutrient deficiencies can play a significant role in the following conditions:

  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetic Health
  • Neurology
  • Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
  • ADHD and Autism
  • Celiac Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Women’s Health
  • Infertility
  • Fetal Development

Even more concerning are recent studies showing that micronutrient deficiencies can cause DNA damage and may ultimately lead to cancer. In addition to increased risk for cancer and other disease, these deficiencies have an effect on mitochondrial metabolism and thus accelerate cellular aging.

Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ or LPP™

This advanced cholesterol testing measures both the density and number of lipoprotein particles as well as inflammatory markers. So, how is this different than traditional cholesterol testing and what is the correlation with heart disease?

1. Inflammation: this is the body’s response to harmful substances. In the case of heart disease, inflammatory reactions within atherosclerotic plaques can induce clot formation. When the lining of the artery is damaged, white blood cells flock to the site, resulting in inflammation. Inflammation not only further damages the artery walls, leaving them stiffer and more prone to plaque buildup, but it also makes any plaque that’s already there more fragile and more likely to burst.

2. Small, Dense LDL particles: LDL is known as the bad cholesterol because it transports cholesterol particles to the site of inflammation. This is not a problem unless the LDL particles are small and dense because these particles are likely to get oxidized (damaged) and penetrate the arterial lining.

3. Low level of HDL particles: HDL is known as the good cholesterol because it transports cholesterol to the liver for dumping. Low levels show that excess cholesterol is not being cleared out well by the liver. A measurement of something called HDL2b is important because it shows how well the excess is actually being cleared from the body.

4. Lp(a): These are small, dense LDL particles that are easily oxidized. Lp(a) can increase the risk of blood clots.

The LPP test looks at traditional cholesterol numbers as well as all the factors listed above and is a more precise indicator of heart attack risk than HDL/LDL ratios. This life-saving test can determine if you are one of the 50% of people at significant risk for heart attack despite normal cholesterol and a healthy lifestyle.

Learn more about determining your heart attack risk through Carotid Doppler and EndoPAT
testing on the Cardiac Health page.

Telomere DNA Testing

Telomere testing is an exciting new technology for age management. Evaluation of telomere length is an indicator of how rapidly one ages relative to a normal population. Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. As a cell ages, its telomeres become shorter. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication, the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die – a normal biological process. Therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may slow aging and age-related diseases.

Hormone Testing

Hormone Testing is another important tool in age management, metabolic syndrome and weight loss treatments.

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