At IHM we are all about creating healthy lifestyles that can offset preventable disease. From a functional and integrative medicine standpoint, optimizing health today means the potential for better health in the future.
Maybe you are curious about preventative medicine due to conditions that run in your family. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer are common conditions that can all have a genetic component and exhibit patterns in your family health history. Taking steps towards preventative wellness can empower you away from these predispositions and help you forge a new history for your family!
A struggle with preventative medicine is that you may need to take action without symptoms. Many disease processes or predispositions are silent in their initial phases and do not contribute to symptoms until they are full-fledged illness. This becomes a difficult area to target, but with functional lab testing and wellness evaluations, we can determine whether there are any body systems that need support. Once we determine a weakness, we can support you with advanced testing and risk assessment, personalized nutrition, and supplementation that has evidence for use in your specific health concern.
For example, if cardiometabolic disease exists in your family’s health patterns, conditions like coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), we may discuss advanced cardiovascular testing, including lipid profiles, markers of inflammation, and insulin resistance. We will discuss specific lifestyle considerations, nutrition requirements, and natural options that have evidence in lowering inflammation, balancing cholesterol, and facilitating healthy blood sugar, all of which may be protective to your health down the line.
If you are curious about offsetting trends that exist in your family history, come into IHM for a visit!