Anti-ageing – Ask Patrick

  1. 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 SinclairAnswer: 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.
  2. 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 QueenAnswer: 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.
  3. Question: Can you restore thinning hair in women? Kate RundellAnswer: 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.
  4. 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...
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