The Staying Alive Health Risk Management Program
The Staying Alive program aims to embrace all latest technology to extend life and wellness. After a medical has been completed, it goes the next step at putting the risk factors into a complete Risk Management Program.
There is a review of known Risk Factors – ie family history, past history, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar level, prostate specific antigen, renal and liver function, weight and BMI, abdominal circumference, personal habits (diet, smoking, exercise, work-life balance).
In addition, gene testing is done to look for any clues to any tendencies to over 100 diseases. We combine genetic and known risk factor information to develop a personal long term life risk management plan. This has been possible only because some of our GP’s have done additional training in clinical genetics at university.
We make use of advanced technology to screen for cardiac and cancer risks and have a unique proactive screening program aimed at ensuring cancers like brain, pancreatic, ovarian, testicular, thyroid, stomach, bowel , liver, kidney, bladder, melanoma are detected at an early curable stage.
Cardiac risks are screened by coronary calcium scoring (an Xray) which measures how much calcium has been stored in the heart blood vessels. This has proven to be the best indicator of future cardiac risk in asymptomatic people. Most corporate health centres use stress cardiographs to do this but this has been shown by research to be an inferior and out dated method of cardiovascular disease detection.
This is not a medical per se, but builds on those who have done medicals to review all information available and go the next step to do what needs to be done in addition, to combine your personal risks based on lifestyle and family history and personal known risk factors with the unknown risks in your genes.
This enables the first available truly personalised health screening program to be developed. Albeit the limitations of gene testing for now, over time it will be refined to enable every person to have a blueprint for life.
Remember, what’s in your genes is not “set in concrete”. Genes are expressed through an interaction with the environment; ie how you live and what prevention medications you take; and what screening you have done will reduce your risks. By knowing your risks now, you have the power to adjust this interaction and get control of your future.
This is the future of health care.
For more information go to the Staying Alive Website