Philosophy of Care
Our philosophy at this age is to enhance the lifestyle habits that are most benefitting your life, create health goals, and hold accountability for patients. We work to ensure future biometrics are always improving and co manage and influence the outcomes of chronic health conditions. This is a time of life where many transitions occur and patients need the extra support to navigate physiological as well as mental emotional changes.
Most Common Concerns
- Andropause (male menopause)
- Bone Health
- Colds and flu’s
- Managing/improving chronic health conditions
- Cardiovascular health
- Diet and Lifestyle
- Autoimmune conditions
- Thyroid conditions
- Digestive concerns
- Cancer and Oncology support
- Stress management
- Maintaining muscle and strength
Blood Pressure: starting at age 21, then once every year
Ensuring your blood pressure stays within a reasonable level can prevent from stroke and heart attack.
PAP Test/Pelvic Exam: Every 3 years if normal.
Breast Exam: should be done annually and self exams done at home monthly.
Skin Exam: annually at your doctors office and self exams conducted monthly at home
Weight/ Height and BMI (Body Mass index)
Blood Glucose/ Hemoglobin A1C: Starting at age 45 have your blood glucose level checked every year (American Heart Association)
- High blood glucose increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which can lead to heart disease and stroke
- If you are overweight and have at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor, your doctor may recommend a blood glucose test before the age of 45
Bone Mineral Density Test: Age 65 unless other risks factors are present
- Measures how much calcium and other minerals are in an area of your bone
- Helps to diagnose bone loss and osteoporosis
- Can also be used to check how osteoporosis treatment is working if previously diagnosed
- Predict your future risk of bone fractures
Colorectal Screening (BC Cancer Agency)
- Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT, stool test) – a safe and easy to use test that can find pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in the colon early.
- Regular colon screenings are recommended for men and women between 50-74
- FIT test is recommended every 1-2 years for individuals at average risk of developing colorectal cancer
- Individuals with a significant family history of colorectal cancer or patients that are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer should speak with their health care provider about proper screening
- Follow-up of ANY positive fecal occult blood test (FOBT) with colonoscopy
- Colonoscopy is also an acceptable screening option every 10 years for average risk individuals with a negative first colonoscopy.
Colorectal cancer ranks as the thirst most common malignancy in Canada and the second most frequent cause of cancer death. Colon Cancers are one of the most preventable cancers. Removal of precancerous polyps reduces your chance of getting colon cancer by 90% ( BC Cancer Agency)
- Basic Blood work (cbcd, etc.)
- Organ function screening (liver, kidneys, cardiovascular)
- Random glucose
- Iron study and Ferritin
- Thyroid panel
- Lipid panel
- Vitamin D and B12 status
- Hormone panel for both men and women annually or with change in symptoms
Mammogram: it is recommended that all women have a baseline mammogram at age 35
Annual mammograms can begin at age 40 but having a baseline mammogram at age 35 gives a good reference for any changes in breast tissue
Research has shown a 25% reduction in deaths amongst women who screen regularly (BC Cancer Screening Agency)
Prostate-specific antigen test: (blood test) – Prostate cancer screening starting at age 40 .
Physical prostate exam: at age 40
1/3 men over the age of 50 are at risk of developing cancerous cells in their prostate glad
Large European trial showed a 20% reduction in prostate cancer deaths among men screened for the disease
Check up Schedule
Fall: Cold and Flu prevention program
Winter: Booster on Cold and Flu program
Spring: Spring detox, elimination program.
Other: Usually one to two other visit annually to address specific health concerns or goals and one for physical exam.