There is nothing more important in life than your health! Levels of optimal health differ depending on current chronic illness, age, genomic make-up and nutritional status and exercise. As our name implies, at Cogent Family Healthcare, we aim to explore all aspects of your health to achieve a clear plan for your optimal health and well-being.
Personalized healthcare is an approach to your health that put you and your individual lifestyle and make-up at the center of the risk assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of health issues. A comprehensive disease diagnosis, allows for improved outcomes through targeted treatment and reduced side effects, ability to actively monitor disease response and progression, as well as early detection of disease and suboptimal health and early intervention to prevent future health issues. As part of your disease and health diagnosis, we use established clinical and nutritional biomarkers to measure, monitor and improve your state of health. This allows us to quantify and characterize disease risk, personalize strategies for disease prevention and pinpoint areas of disease risk and nutritional deficiency that can be corrected to optimize health and long-term well-being.
Nearly every physiological function in your body requires micronutrients to function properly. Deficiencies in nutrients and antioxidants can be due to genetic defects in absorption, an aging digestive system, or depletion by disease, by healing from surgery, or due some of to the most commonly used medications. These depletions have been shown to result in more breaks in the DNA, which increases the risk of cancer, and in high blood sugar, memory loss, fatigue, increased heart attack and stroke risk, worsening immune function and bone loss. At Cogent Family Healthcare, we conduct:
Vitamins and minerals are essential for many body functions. As examples, 3000 genes have vitamin D receptors attached to them, and magnesium is known to participate in over 300 chemical reactions in the body. Since our bodies can’t make vitamins and minerals from other substances, deficiencies result in disease, and even death, if severe enough. Nutrient deficiencies result in the breakage of DNA, which contributes to cancer, can contribute to memory loss (B12), fatigue (vitamin D and others), higher blood sugar (chromium), and many other medical conditions and diseases. Replacing nutrients when deficient, often results in an increased sense of well-being. Deficiencies in essential nutrients may reduce the maintenance of healthy function of the brain and other organs, contributing to degenerative diseases. In addition, nutrient deficiencies contribute to worsened cholesterol accumulation and inflammation in the wall of the artery. If a clear explanation for the cholesterol in the wall the artery is not found by testing aspects of the cholesterol particle, then testing for nutrient deficiencies, becomes important to evaluate the excess cholesterol accumulation. For these reasons, measuring nutrient deficiencies is useful. We conduct a complete micronutrient analysis, with the aim of restoring optimal nutrient level through supplementation and diet modification. It comprises an assessment of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. We also provide an assessment of antioxidant function and immune function. Results from these analyses are incorporated into your chronic disease and preventive care plan.
Cardio Metabolic Analysis:
A cardiometabolic analysis covers the three main areas of keeping a healthy metabolic profile: Glycemic Control, Lipid Profile, and Vascular Inflammation. While cholesterol testing has historically been used as the standard indicator for cardiovascular disease, up to 50% of people who dies from a heart attack had “normal” cholesterol numbers. At Cogent Family Healthcare, we provide advanced testing technology that measures both the density and number of lipoprotein particles. More than 30 percent of the population has a condition in which a patient’s cholesterol may be “normal” but their lipoprotein particle number, and hence, their actual risk, could be much higher than expected. Measuring the lipoprotein subgroups is the only way to evaluate such risk factors, which is crucial for an accurate assessment of cardiovascular risk, and the establishment of an effective treatment program.
Poor blood sugar regulation and unhealthy triglyceride and lipoprotein levels often present long before the diagnosis of type 2 Diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body cannot efficiently metabolize foods, especially carbohydrates, resulting in impaired blood sugar (glycemic) control what may progress to diabetes when not properly treated or addressed through lifestyle changes. The insulin resistance affects fat cells in a way that often causes more cholesterol to move into the artery wall, and reducing insulin resistance often reduces the flux of cholesterol into the artery wall, as measured by the small bad cholesterol particle number. The analysis is especially useful for identifying patients within higher risk groups that are most likely to benefit from early medical and/or lifestyle intervention.
Together with a cardiometabolic analysis, a pre-diabetes analysis offers patients a complete evaluation to help define their risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and progression toward type 2 diabetes.
The inflammation analysis covers a variety of inflammatory markers found to correlate with an increased near-term risk of heart attack, the most notable being myeloperoxidase (MPO), an enzyme that has been found to be to play a role in the inflammation in the artery wall. Multiple studies show that the plaque in the artery walls contains large amounts of MPO. This is especially true in places that are prone to rupture and can lead to heart attacks. Higher inflammation means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack. Studies show that, among patients with chest pain, an increased MPO level increases their risk of heart attack over the next 30 days to six months. In other, longer studies involving middle-aged patients who appeared to be healthy, an elevated MPO level increased the risk of heart attack over two to 10 years (Cleveland Clinic).