How Old Are You Really? Take This Test And Find Out!

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Men, obesity, overweight, Women

testHow old are you really? Biological Age is the measure of your inner health, which is influenced by your genetics and your lifestyle choices.

 Biological age is an effective indicator or your “true” age because it measures how well you taking care of your body be rating the damage your body has undergone in its lifetime. For example, a well maintained car will run for a very long time.

The same car, poorly maintained will breakdown within a few years. Likewise, your body requires proper maintenance to support a long and health life.

The following questionnaire provides an inner profile by measuring the extent of internal damage your body has accumulated. To achieve an accurate measure of your biological age, it is important to answer the questions as accurately and honestly as possible.

The Biological Age Questionnaire is divided into six sections with a total of 26 questions.

SECTION A – Chronological Age 1: What is your current age (in years)? _____TOTAL SCORE (SECTION A)

SECTION B – Dietary Choices

2: How frequently do you eat fried, broiled, or barbequed foods?

Often (4)
Once a day (3)
Few times per week (2)
Once a week (1)
Almost Never (-2)

3: How often do you consume nutritional oils (not fried or heated)? example flax seed oil

Never (2)
Once a week (1)
Once a day (0)
2+ times per day (-1)

4: How many servings of fruits or vegetables do you consume? (1 serving= 1 cup)

Almost Never (3)
Few time per week (2)
One per day (1)
3 per day (-1)
5+ per day (-2)

5: How often do you consume whole grains and/or natural fiber? (example: whole wheat, pysllium, brown or wild rice)

Almost Never (3)
Once a Week (2)
Few times per week (1)
Often (-2)

6: How many glasses of water do you consume daily? (Water does not include coffee, black tea, soda or alcohol)

Almost Never (3)
One per day (2)
4 per day (1)
8 per day (0)
10+ per day (-2)

7: Do you consume sugar, soda, white flour, or other processed foods? (example: canned foods, fast foods, TV dinners, foods with preservatives added)

3+ times per week (3)
Once a day (2)
Few times per week (1)
Almost Never (-1)

8: How many alcoholic drinks do you consume per week?

12+ per week (3)
8 per week (2)
4 per week (1)
2 per week (0)
Almost Never (-1)

9: How often do you add salt to you food?

All food (3)
Daily (2)
Few times per week (1)
Once a month (0)
Almost Never (-1)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SECTION B)

SECTION C- Dietary Supplementation

10: Do you take a multi-vitamin?

Almost Never (2)
Once a week (1)
Few times per week (0)
Daily (-1)

11: Do you take anti-oxidants? (example: grape seed extract, selenium)

Almost Never (3)
Once a week (2)
Few times per week (1)
Daily (-2)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SCORE C) SECTION D – Daily Activities

12: Do you exercise (30 or more minutes of continuous activity)?

Almost Never (3)
Once a week (2)
3 times per week (-2)
5+ times per week (-3)

13: When you exercise, do you do so for more than 2 hours? (If you do not exercise, please put “0” as your answer)

Most times (4)
50% of the time (2)
Almost Never (0)

14: Do you sleep well and awake rested?

Almost Never (3)
Sometimes (2)
Usually (0)
Always (-1)

15: How often do you have normal bowel movements?

Once a week (4)
Every 4 days (3)
Every second day (2)
Daily (0)
2+ times per day (-2)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SCORE D) SECTION E – MEDICAL HISTORY

16: Is there a history of the following conditions in your family? (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity, liver disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure)

2 or more (1)
Once (0)
None (-1)

17: Have you ever had any of the following conditions? (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity, liver disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure)

2 or more (3)
One (2)
None (-2)

18: How frequently do you experience the following conditions? (headache, fever, sore throats, muscle aches (not exercise induced) colds or flu, rash, swelling)

Once a day (3)
Once a week (2)
Once a month (0)
Almost Never (-1)

19: Have you ever been exposed to heavy metals or toxic substances? (examples: mechanics, hair dressers, nail technicians, etc..)

Daily (4)
Weekly (3)
Monthly (2)
Almost Never (0)

20: Have you ever been exposed to heavy metals via dental work or fillings? (example: mercury fillings or other fillings)

3+ fillings (4)
2 fillings (3)
1 filling (2)
Never (0)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SECTION E)

SECTION F – STRESS

21: How many full meals do you eat per day? (a snack is not a full meal)

Never (3)
4+ per day (2)
3 per day (0)
2 per day (1)
One per day (2)

22: At work or at home, how often are you in front of electronic equipment? (example: computers, television, live cameras, electrical wires)

8+ hours per day (3)
6+ hours per day (2)
Few hours per day (1)
Almost Never (0)

23: How often are you exposed to cigarette smoke (direct or second hand)?

All day (4)
Few times a day (3)
Few times per week (1)
Almost Never (-1)

24: Do you use a recreational or street drugs?

2+ times per day (4)
Once a day (3)
Once a week (2)
Once a month (1)
Never (0)

25: Do you drive in heavy traffic?

For a living (3)
Daily (3+ hours) (2)
Daily (1-2 hours) (1)
Almost Never (-1)

26: At work and/or home, do you experience stress?

Very High (4)
High (3)
Moderate (2)
Slight (1)
Almost none (-2)

_____ TOTAL SCORE (SECTION F)

Calculating your Biological Age Add your scores from the following sections together to calculate your biological age

SECTION A: Chronological Age______

SECTION B: Dietary Choices_______

SECTION C: Dietary Supplementation_____

SECTION D: Daily Activities______

SECTION E: Medical History______

SECTION F: Stress______

TOTAL____ This is your biological age How did you do?

How to interpret your results

A: Minus 11 years or greater (Biological age is eleven or more years less than your chronological age): If you are you are presently 45 years old (chronological age), and you score reflects minus 11 years, then your biological age is 45 years minus 11 years which makes you 34 years old in biological terms General health picture is excellent. The right choices are being made to ensure your continued health

B: Minus 1-10 years (Biological age one to ten years less than your chronological age) General health picture is very good. Focus on maintaining your healthy lifestyle choices, diet, exercise and stress management

C: Biological age is the same as your chronological age General health picture is good. However, changes are required to achieve optimal health and maximize energy levels

D: 1-10 years plus (Biological age one to ten years greater than your chronological age) General health picture is fair. However, following the same lifestyle will cause your biological age to rise and heighten the risk of serious health problems

E: 11-20 years plus (Biological age eleven to twenty years greater than your chronological age) General history is average, as this is the most common health picture, with a moderate risk of health complications in the next five years. Energy and mobility are starting to decline and will continue to do so.

F: 21 years plus (Biological age twenty-one years greater than your chronological age) A chronic degenerative health picture, with a high risk of developing serious health complications. Energy and mobility will seriously decline in the next five years (if they have not already).

The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University’s Certification Program (CFMP) www.functionalmedicinedoctors.com. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from Dr. Grisanti is required.

The Obesity Epidemic is costing YOU!

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Men, Menopausal Research, obesity, overweight, Uncategorized, Women

If obesity rates continue on their current trajectory, by 2030, combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by between $48 billion and $66 billion per year.

Current Status

Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.1 In addition, job absenteeism related to obesity costs $4.3 billion annually.2

If obesity rates continue on their current trajectory, by 2030, combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by between $48 billion and $66 billion per year, and the loss in economic productivity could be between $390 billion and $580 billion annually.3

As obesity rates rise, the risk of developing obesity-related health problems — type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, arthritis and obesity-related cancer — increases exponentially.4 Twenty years ago, only 7.8 million Americans had been diagnosed with diabetes but, today, approximately 25.8 million Americans have the disease.5 More than 75 percent of hypertension cases can be attributed to obesity.6 And, approximately one-third of cancer deaths are linked to obesity or lack of physical activity.7

However, if obesity trends were lowered by reducing the average adult BMI by only 5 percent, millions of Americans could be spared from serious health problems and preventable diseases, and the country could save $29.8 billion in five years, $158 billion in 10 years and $611.7 billion in 20 years.8

Reducing obesity and improving health can help lower costs through fewer trips to the doctor’s office, tests, prescription drugs, sick days, emergency room visits and admissions to the hospital, and lowered risk for a wide range of diseases.

To date, there has not been a sustained strong national focus on prevention to deliver the potential results despite a growing number of studies that demonstrate the positive returns many strategies and programs can deliver for improving health and productivity and lowering costs.9 For instance, a 2008 study by the Urban Institute, The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and TFAH found that an investment of $10 per person in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years. That’s a return of $5.60 for every $1 invested.10 Out of the $16 billion, Medicare could save more than $5 billion and Medicaid could save more than $1.9 billion. Expanding the use of prevention programs would better inform the most effective, strategic public and private investments that yield the strongest results.

 

Why Containing Obesity-Related Healthcare Costs Matters

Higher Healthcare Costs for Adults

  • Obese adults spend 42 percent more on direct healthcare costs than healthy-weight people.11
  • Per capita healthcare costs for severely or morbidly obese (BMI >40) were 81 percent greater than for normal weight adults.12 Around $11 billion was spent on medical expenditures for morbidly obese U.S. adults in 2000.
  • Moderately obese (BMI between 30 and 35) individuals are more than twice as likely as normal weight individuals to be prescribed prescription pharmaceuticals to manage medical conditions.13
  • Costs for patients presenting at emergency rooms with chest pains were 41 percent higher for severely obese patients, 28 percent higher for obese patients and 22 percent higher for overweight patients than for normal-weight patients.

Higher Healthcare Costs for Children

  • Obesity contributes an estimated incremental lifetime medical cost of $19,000 per 10-year-old child when compared with a normal-weight 10-year-old child. When multiplied by the number of obese 10-year-olds in the United States, lifetime medical costs for just this cohort would amount to approximately $14 billion in direct medical costs.15,16
  • Obese children had $194 higher outpatient visit expenditures, $114 higher prescription drug expenditures and $25 higher emergency room expenditures, based on a two-year Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.17
  • Overweight and obesity in childhood is associated with $14.1 billion in additional prescription drug, emergency room and outpatient visit costs annually.
  • The average total health cost for a child treated for obesity under private insurance is $3,743, while the average health cost for all children covered by private insurance is $1,108.18
  • Hospitalizations of children and youths with a diagnosis of obesity nearly doubled between 1999 and 2005, while total costs for children and youths with obesity-related hospitalizations increased from $125.9 million in 2001 to $237.6 million in 2005 (in 2005 dollars).19

Decreased Worker Productivity and Increased Absenteeism

  • Obesity-related job absenteeism costs $4.3 billion annually.20
  • Obesity is associated with lower productivity while at work (presenteeism), which costs employers $506 per obese worker per year.21
  • As a person’s BMI increases, so do the number of sick days, medical claims and healthcare costs associated with that person.22 Obese women used 5.19 more sick days and obese men used an excess of 3.48 sick days compared with normal weight individuals, according to a 2014 German study.23

Higher Workers’ Compensation Claims

  • A number of studies have shown obese workers have higher workers’ compensation claims.24,25,26,27,28,29 Medical claims cost $7,503 for healthy-weight workers and $51,091 for obese workers (annual costs, United States).30

Policy Recommendations

  • Preventing obesity and its related chronic diseases should be a major focus of healthcare cost-containment efforts.
  • Funding for obesity-prevention programs will be important to achieve results in improving health and reducing healthcare costs. Programs and policies should include a wide range of partners to ensure success, including businesses, schools, community- and faith-based organizations, economic and community developers and health and social service providers.
  • Because community-based obesity- and disease-prevention programs can significantly cut healthcare costs, funding for evidence-based programs at all levels of government will continue to be important.
  • Community-based programs must include the ability to evaluate effectiveness and cost savings, and demonstrate how savings can be shared among partners, including businesses and the healthcare system, and reinvested to continue to support and expand prevention activities.

http://stateofobesity.org/cost-containment/

31 Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Uncategorized, Women

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1. Cut sugar out of your diet!

2. Maintain optimal progesterone levels.

3. Eat organic fruits and vegetables.

4. Supplement with iodine.

5. Avoid processed foods.

6. Obtain quality sleep.

7.  Stop smoking.

8. Limit alcohol intake.

9. Drink green tea.

10. De-stress to maintain healthy immune system.

11. Avoid GMO’s.

12. Maintain vitamin D levels.

13. Don’t take counterfeit hormones. (premarin, prempo)

14. Use paraben-free cosmetics and personal care products.

15. Avoid Xenoestrogens (plastics, insecticides).

16. Maintain hormonal balance.

17. Detoxify your body.

18. Stay hydrated.

19. Avoid prescription drugs that can cause cancer.

20. Don’t use antiperspirants or deodorants that contain aluminum.

21. Avoid birth control pills, especially young girls.

22. Breastfeed.

23. Maintain a healthy body weight.

24. Take Vitamin C.

25. Add antioxidants to your diet.

26. Eat meat raised without hormones.

27. Maintain a healthy pH balance.

28. Limit wearing a bra, which restricts the flow of lymph hindering the natural cleansing process.

29. Eat a low-fat diet.

30. Add Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, to your diet.

31. Avoid electro-magnetic fields as much as possible (radiation produced by cell phones, x-rays, electric blankets).

 

 

5 Reasons Why Women Should Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy!

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Menopausal Research, Uncategorized, Women

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There is a high number of women who visit their doctors on a regular basis to discuss hormone replacement therapy. Let’s look at the top five reasons hormone replacement therapy should be considered by all women.

Reason 1: Reduced Sleeplessness

At the onset of menopause comes insomnia; this is directly related to hormones, so it’s common sense that hormone replacement therapy will help reduce sleepless nights.

Reason 2: Reduced Hot Flashes

For those with severe hot flashes, hormone replacement therapy can be a life saver. For most people, this type of therapy will greatly reduce hot flashes.

Reason 3: Reduced Chances of Osteoporosis

As women age, they often find they suffer from osteoporosis. Fortunately, in some women, hormone replacement therapy can reduce the risk factors associated with developing this condition.

Reason 4: Elimination of Night Sweats

For women who deal with night sweats on a regular basis, it’s almost always beneficial to take part in hormone replacement therapy. It is important to remember that if night sweats are not properly treated, they can lead to other medical problems.

Reason 5: Feeling Better

Without the right amount of hormones in one’s body, a woman will feel absolutely terrible. She will either be tired all day or sleepless all night, which leads to not being fully functional as she should be. With hormone replacement therapy though women of all ages can expect to feel better in many ways.

If you are ready to feel and look younger, we, Start Living Again at Complete Hormone Solutions! We standing by, ready to develop a plan of action for you!!

Call us today at 256-350-9880 or take our online test

 

 

Depression: Why You May Be Suffering: Part III

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Men, Menopausal Research, Uncategorized, Women

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

As the incidence of depression reaches epidemic proportions, I sometimes wonder how one can overlook or may I say ignore the research documenting known causes that can be easily identified and treated.

Another common cause is the relationship between nutrient deficiencies, chemical toxins and depression.

The medical literature is “over-flowing” with peer-reviewed abstracts proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that depression, nutritional deficiencies and chemical toxicities are linked.

 

Our bodies require optimal amounts of trace minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and vanadium.. to name a few..to function. Not too much and not too little.. just the right balance..Excesses or deficiencies of specific minerals can set off symptoms of depression. For instance, low levels of zinc are associated with resistant depression. Deficiencies of magnesium can bring on a wide range of psychiatric symptoms related to depression and psychosis. Research has revealed a link between high levels of the mineral vanadium and manic symptoms.

Chemical Connection: Invisible Brain Toxins

One of the big problems with chemicals is they have this nasty ability to sneak up on you when you least expect it. Most of the chemical sensitivities sneak up on a person over a period of weeks, months or years slowly damaging your detoxification pathways. It is not unusual for a person to experience a sudden onset of depression when a new carpet is installed or a building is renovated or freshly painted.

Let me explain some basic biochemistry…

In order to detoxify chemical toxins, your body requires adequate amounts of zinc. Zinc runs the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase and it is this important enzyme which is responsible for detoxifying everyday home and office chemicals. The most common chemical found in carpets, home furnishings, copy machines, secretarial white-out, commercial floor cleaners, polishers, waxes, glues, adhesives and other common household and office surroundings is a chemical called trichloroethylene.

You may be asking how trichloroethylene can cause depression. Let me explain.. When you are exposed to this chemical, it is likely that you either inhaled it or absorbed it through your skin. Normally this chemical, like most chemicals, will be neutralized by your body’s detoxification system and eliminated.

However, if your body’s ability to neutralize chemicals is impaired (possibly a zinc deficiency), the chemical will back up and will accumulate in the brain. When trichloroethylene is stored in the brain it is likely converted to choloral hydrate. If you are a baby-boomer reading this.. you may remember the old ” Mickey Finn” or knockout drops. And this is exactly how a person feels who is sensitive to tricholoroethylene. They will feel spacey, dizzy, dopey, unable to concentrate, foggy and very depressed.

I have simply presented one chemical linked to depression. There are other environmental toxins linked to depression. My goal was to provide another piece of the depression mystery.

There is no one treatment that will fix all people.. Take ten people suffering with depression and it is likely the cause and the treatment can be different for all ten. What may help one person may do absolutely no good for five others. With that in mind, it is wise to be certain what may be causing your health problem.. You may indeed be suffering with a zinc deficiency which would interfere with the body’s ability to effectively eliminate chemicals off-gassing from your new carpet. 

Again, what works for one will undoubtedly fail on another. With that in mind, it is imperative to have a physician who understands the potential causes of a disease and for the sake of this report.. depression.

Your physician MUST conduct a thorough and rather exhaustive interview/consultation with each patient and determine what direction to go in.. For one patient, your physician may determine that an evaluation of the thyroid and cortisol levels would be a good start. For another patient, maybe checking for chemical toxicities and nutrient deficiencies would be the way to go.. No matter what.. the recommending of an anti-depressant without this type of medical detective work is simply not acceptable..

If you think that the cause of your depression is linked to chemical toxicity and/or nutrient deficiencies, then I recommend that you ask your doctor to order the following tests:

  • RBC mineral/toxic chemical assay (Genova/MetaMetrix)
  • Toxic Effects Core (Genova/MetaMetrix)
  • Urine Toxic Metals- DMSA Challenge (Doctor’s Data)

Depression is disease which claims new victims everyday. The causes of this mental disease can range from thyroid, cortisol deficiencies to nutrient deficiencies/chemical toxicity exposure.

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