Ageing is a natural and inevitable part of the life cycle, but there are many nutrition and lifestyle methods that can activate longevity pathways to slow down the ageing process, prevent illnesses that come with it and support healthy ageing.
Beyond the obvious and visible signs of ageing, there are many pathologies that come with age:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cognitive decline
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hearing loss
- Mood disorders (anxiety, depression)
- Respiratory disease
As we age the likelihood of experiencing chronic disease increases but age is not necessarily the best predictor of your health.
There is a difference between your chronological and biological age. At the biological level, ageing results from the accumulation of a variety of molecular and cellular damage over time.
Proteins in our genes called sirtuins (that regulate metabolic functions), together with the length of the DNAs telomeres (that protect our genetic material) are key to how fast you age. Each time your cells divide, these telomeres shorten, making the cells age and stop functioning properly.
As life expectancy continues to increase globally, the number of people worldwide aged 60+ will grow from 900 million to 2 billion between 2015 and 2050
of those aged 65+ have one or more chronic conditions
1 in 14
people in the UK aged 65+ with dementia
of older people in GP clinics have a mental health problem
Life expectancy is rising more quickly than healthy life expectancy, meaning that people are living longer but not necessarily free from disease. Age affects us all differently and the choices we make along the way play a crucial role in how the ageing process unfolds.
Following a healthy diet and lifestyle, using Functional testing to identify potential illness, plus the right longevity nutrients help you age optimally and keep you energetic through old age.
Food is your friend.
There are several hallmarks of ageing ranging from chronic inflammation (known as ‘inflamm-ageing’), cellular senescence (cells stop dividing), oncogenic activation (cancer cells turn on), mitochondrial dysfunction, telomere erosion, decline in stem cell activity, DNA damage and oxidative stress, all of which are influenced by your nutrition.
We design a tailor-made strategy incorporating beneficial nutrients and anti-inflammatory foods rich in anti-oxidants and sirtuins to protect your cells from stress, inflammation and oxidation, as well as improving mitochondrial quality and function.
Where necessary, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids are recommended to offset nutritional deficits and further enhance cellular and metabolic function, providing you with energy and vitality, to promote longevity and mitigate your risk of disease.
Harness the power of science.
Genetic testing evaluates your predispositions to developing certain health conditions and highlights:
- Any genetic variants identified and how they impact your health
- Appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations, as well as optimal quantities of nutrients, vitamins & minerals
- Specific metabolic pathways that may require extra support
- Your susceptibility to the harmful effects of carcinogens in your diet
Functional testing looks at your biomarkers to identify imbalances in your body that signal potential illness and helps:
- Guide therapy around your needs for methylation support, toxic exposures, mitochondrial dysfunction, fatty acid imbalances & oxidative stress
- Provide guidance on nutrient function, causes and complications of deficiencies, and dietary sources
Empowering you to be at your best.
Time is always ticking and the ageing process is constantly happening at a cellular level, regardless of whether you are in your 30s or 60s. But just because the clock is ticking does not mean you have no control. Whilst genetics play a part, the choices you make accelerate or slow down the rate at which you age on a biological level.
Lifestyles habits such as smoking, obesity, stress, pollution levels and poor nutrition are all linked with shorter telomeres and hence premature ageing, and these factors are also known to cause chronic disease.
As part of a nutritional consultation, we look at your lifestyle habits to assess what positive factors are missing that promote healthy ageing, and what negative factors may be accelerating ageing, as well as increasing your risk for illness.
G. SandhuAgeing, Wellbeing
I came to Carmen as a frail weak man with many issues with physical and mental health, one year on I am making amazing progress and none of it could've been done without the help of Carmen. Carmen's advice and help is 10/10.
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