Which Longevity Path is Right For Me?
Choosing a Longevity path depends on your health goals, your current health status, and your age. Below is an overview of what to expect from each Longevity Path and for whom the path may be suited to.
Applied Genomics for Longevity…
is meant for adults, typically aged 40-75, who generally feel well, but desire to improve their health over the next 20-30 years and want to avoid a slow decline, common conditions of aging, and/or frailty. The Applied Genomics for Longevity patient must be willing to make the time and investment in their health. The ideal patient is already attuned to their diet and exercise regimens, and interested in mitigating health challenges that could emerge later.
Fitness for Longevity…
is for anyone aged 18-mid 70’s who wants a personalized fitness plan to improve how they look, feel, and move. It is especially geared toward those concerned about maintaining muscle mass and aerobic endurance, particularly in their later decades. Fitness for Longevity patients must be comfortable with the VO2 max test, which involves wearing a mask while cycling for about 15 minutes.
Immune Rejuvenation for Longevity…
is for adults between 20-80 years of age who are either healthy and looking to optimize their overall health and aging or those who might have had challenges with inflammation, frequent illness, autoimmunity, or who feel sicker more often than normal for someone their age.
Longevity Services Comparison Table
The chart below can help you understand which path may be best suited for your needs.
|Visits & Tests
|Age & Health Status
|Applied Genomics for Longevity
|Develop a long-term health plan informed by the examination of personal genomics risk
|● 2 in-person consults (approx 90 mins. each)
● 1 video or phone check-in
● IntellxxDNA Test
|Over 45 years of age, in relatively good health
|Fitness for Longevity
|Develop a fitness and dietary plan for optimal body composition and fitness level
|● 1 in-person test session
● 1 in-person consult (approx 90 mins.)
● 1 video check-in
● RMR Test
|18-75 years of age, desires a personalized fitness plan focused on body composition and function
|Immune Rejuvenation for Longevity
|Develop an immune rejuvenation plan that resets your immune system to a younger biological age
|● 1 in-person consult (2 hours)
● 1 video check-in for review (6 mos. after plan implementation)
● GlycanAge Test x 2
|20-80 years of age, with inflammation, autoimmunity, frequently ill, or recovering from a health challenge
* Our special tests are included in the price of the service. Regular lab work may or may not be covered by your insurance. Longevity plan recommendations may require outside services and products that are not included in the price of the longevity consult fee (for example, acupuncture, supplements, sauna packages, etc.). Hudson Valley Longevity Medicine services and tests are not covered by Medicare, but office visit time may be partially reimbursable from private insurance with out-of-network coverage in some cases.
Below you will find a patient profile for each Longevity Medical path. These profiles demonstrate why someone would choose a particular path, what may be found or discovered in the process as well as how that would then inform a personalized health plan.
Meet John F.
John is a health-conscious 55-year-old, who generally feels well and wants to continue his full life. His father had early onset dementia in his early 70s, and his younger brother, 52, just had a coronary stent placed. Because of his father’s rapid decline, he is worried his 60’s will be his last “good” decade. He is unsure if his regular check-ups and routine care will actually address what might be the invisible roots of disease in his heart and in his cognition.
Why Applied Genomics for Longevity?
Applied Genomics for Longevity will give him a broad understanding and personalized action plan related to his own genetics in areas like cardiovascular disease, dementia, and brain aging. Further testing may be recommended or ordered as well.
After we initiated testing through the premium service IntellxxDNA™ and ordered some routine labs that helped us assess cardiovascular risk, dementia risk, hormone levels, certain vitamin and mineral levels, glucose and insulin labs, and others as needed, we were able to analyze John F’s results.
Several important pathways were identified that needed attention. John’s B12 absorption protein had a variation that predicted less efficient absorption, and along with a variant B12 transporter to the brain that might not work that well, we had concerns that his levels of B12 needed to be higher than other people’s.
He also was also found to have several variants in his BDNF gene, which codes for brain-derived neurotropic growth factor, a key protein that is involved with many “caretaking” roles in maintaining neurons (brain cells) and their communication. These were two key areas that might relate to his brain aging concerns, and are completely actionable.
To mitigate non-optimal B12 absorption and achieve higher than usual blood levels, he was recommended to have B12 subcutaneously monthly and to maintain “high-normal” target levels.
In response to the BDNF gene variants and their relationship to neurotropic growth factor, we reviewed all of the tools that increase production of this hormone, including more intense, interval-style exercise, sauna, optimizing deep sleep, and use of lion’s mane mushroom, among other techniques.
Although these two findings are a small subset of the useful data, John F. can implement these lifestyle changes and supplements, knowing they are based on his personal genomic patterns and family history. Although the patient genomic report is 160 pages, we can focus on the top four or five most important clues and prioritize goals for him. The intent is to address problems proactively, before symptoms or a diagnosis.