Question: What tests would you 'generally' consider doing as part of an anti-aging assessment? Methylation profile and gene testing? Organic acids? Hormones? How do you approach this from a clinical perspective? Amelia Sinclair
Answer: Read Chapter 2 of Ten Secrets of Healthy Ageing. My online 100% Health Check calculates biological age from many parameters explained in this chapter, and it is ideal to have homocysteine, HbA1c as a measure of glucose status, and vitamin D tested. I’d prefer these ‘functional’ tests over gene testing since it shows you if methylation/glycation is a problem, while the former is just probability. Also, you can test telomere length from Regenerus – see my report on this.
Question: Hi Patrick I am not eating well (I live on sandwiches and biscuits, also I don't sleep well ) Much to do with getting older change of lifestyle - ie living alone. Could you recommend a supplement eg a drink food supplement & a multi- vitamin mineral. Also could you recommend any thing for fybromyalga. I am 63yrs. Thank you in anticipation. Anne Queen
Answer: I recommend two things. Take my 100% Health Pack, two strips a day. This is what I take and it covers almost everything. Read my Low GL Diet Cookbook – these recipes are dead easy. Many things you can make in 5 minutes. Focus on having a lower GL. It is not difficult. Regarding fibromyalgia read my report. Sometimes supplementing magnesium malate’ really helps. This is worth a try.
Question: Can you restore thinning hair in women? Kate Rundell
Answer: Hair loss is connected to many different factors, from stress to a general nutrient deficiency. Nutrients particularly linked to falling hair are iron, vitamin B1, vitamin C or the amino acid lysine – but most hair formulas don’t seem to work too well. To optimise hair growth, make sure you are getting adequate protein from fish, lean chicken and soya products like tofu, and the mineral zinc which is essential for growth. Meat, shellfish, eggs, whole grains such as oats, nuts and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower are all rich in zinc. Vitamin B5 has also been shown to help stimulate hair growth. Take a good multivitamin which contains at least 15mg of zinc and 50mg of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). If you have other symptoms such as fatigue, dry skin and low libido, you may have low thyroid function, so ask your doctor to run a test.
Question: Do you know what happens to skin when people get older (past 50)? From my nose down to the corners of my mouth I have a sunken in look - I think it is more that although my cheeks appear quite firm the skin from the cheeks has drooped downwards over the creases - if I just lift the cheek up with a finger slightly then it seems OK. I still have about a stone in weight to lose but I have noticed that other women around my age have a similar problem. The slight droop makes the face look miserable. I would very much appreciate it if you know or could suggest what to do. I am not sure facial exercises will work with this although I will persist. The problem seems worse before I go to bed and is the same when I wake up in the morning but looks slightly better again until evening - I think. I have not tried any creams to pump up the skin but am not sure what I would be looking for either. I think Botox sounds dangerous and it would be out of my league anyway. Susan Ellis
Answer: The drooping/sagging is to do with the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Collagen is made from vitamin C. The ageing of skin, and loss of elasticity, is to do with a lack of vitamin A. While eating/supplementing these does help the most direct way to get a result is to use transdermal vitamins directly on the skin. Environ sell C Boost and AVST (vitamin A). If you used these two creams, am and pm, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. Go to www.environuk.com.
Question: Hello Patrick, what would be your top pieces of advice to slow the ageing mechanism? Many thanks. Pamela Rimmer
Answer: Have you read Ten Secrets for Healthy Ageing? It is really all in there. That’s why Jerome Burne and I wrote it. It is key to keep your blood sugar and insulin low – eg low GL diet; methylation good eg keep your homocysteine low with the right level of B vitamins, especially B12 as you age; increase intake of nutrients such as omega-3, vitamin D, B12, antioxidants as you age – cells just become less efficient.
Question: Do skincare creams really help? Pauline Harte
Answer: The ones giving sufficient vitamin A and C really do. Read my blog on https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/how-to-reverse-skin-ageing I use Environ’s AVST cream most days. Go to www.environuk.com.
Question: What are the best supplements to take or eating plan to follow? Charlie Bailey
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