The aging process is characterized by:
- alteration of the normal neurological – endocrine – immune rhythm with non circadian hormonal secretion
- lean body mass reduction
- inversion of the relation between lean mass and fat mass, in favour of the second one
- accumulation inside the tissues of AGEs, oxidized molecules, heavy metals
- immune system activation with proinflammatory cytokines release (IL1, IL 6, TNF alfa).
Today, we can measure these parameters using different diagnostic methods, such as:
- blood tests
Anthropometry is a 6-second non-invasive test; through the application of 4 electrodes on specific parts of the body the following body composition data can be obtained:
- Quantitative and qualitative analysis of lean and fat mass (body fat quantity and location, and quality of bones, muscles and internal organs).
- Body inflammatory status
- Mineral salt quantity and quality in soft tissues (not bones)
- Mineral salt quantity and quality in bones
- Toxin quantity in tissues
- Activation progress of catabolism/anabolism balance.
Blood tests permit to measure the following molecules:
- hormonal profile
- inflammatory profile (IL1, IL 6, PCR, Fibrinogen, Albumin, etc..)
- red blood cell 8 – OhdG
- white blood cell MDA
- glutathione in plasma (it is an antioxidant protein which supplies electrons to free radicals making them stable. Low plasma levels are equal to a high risk of premature aging and disease).
Urinalysis permits to measure the oxidized bilirubin levels (BOMs).
A high urinary level of this molecule is a premature aging risk marker.
by Giorgio Crucitti