The world of health and wellness has never been so prominent or more confusing. With the rise of the internet and in particular social media, information about the latest and greatest diet for health or weight loss is right at our fingertips.
With diets ranging from the Mediterrenean diet, to diets designed to lower blood pressure, right through to anti-diet movements it’s hard to know what’s the best. Or more specifically, what’s the best for our needs.
We’ve had several clients come to us at Edison and figuring out what to eat and how to move is actually another form of stress and worry. It’s almost an example of analysis paralysis; whereby we know a bit too much - often of conflicting information - and find it impossible to start making progress.
Precision medicine is almost like the quintessential saying “you do you.” We use tests to find out as much information about you as possible, so you can implement the best tailored protocol for you. It allows you to hone in on what you need for health and vitality, while ignoring the rest of the noise.
It streamlines the process and planning and gives you the tools to implement the most effective changes for your current health and chronic health risk. At Edison we then take this information and track progress with insights from wearable technologies to provide real time feedback.
So what can testing tell us?
Testing allows us to screen for potential health risks and concerns. It provides a report on the likelihood of you developing a health condition. It can even help determine your risk for injury when undertaking particular types of exercise.
This then allows us to implement scientifically proven diet and lifestyle strategies for mitigating this risk.
Imagine if you were at the gym trying to build muscular strength through weight training. This seems perfectly logical, especially as we age and want to preserve muscle mass. However, we may discover through your genetic test, you are best suited to endurance activities and have a higher than normal associated risk of injury. Lifting heavy weights may compromise your health and ability to move if you hurt yourself.
Similarly, you may opt for a ketogenic diet because it’s getting a lot of attention in the media currently. There is strong scientific evidence to support diets high in healthy fats for many people. However, you may be someone with a high carbohydrate tolerance with a predisposition for high cholesterol. Adopting a high fat diet, may do more harm than good.
Also imagine you were trying out all these dietary and lifestyle adjustments on your own. Every change you make needs time for your body to give you feedback to tell you if it’s working or not. Often our changes are so drastic and swing from one extreme to the next. Even if our bodies could keep up, it’s debilitating for our mental health and productivity, both of which are compromised by this hyper focus on different diets and wellness plans.
Precision Medicine removes this noise. It gives you the template you need to best look after your body. By taking the guesswork out of health, you’re left with the mental space to focus on other things. You will be more efficient, most likely more satisfied, and infinitely more productive.