A renowned Precision Medicine physician sets the record straight on unhealthy myths.
Every day, we’re bombarded with so-called health wisdom from the media, from friends, from family. It can be confusing. Worse, these ideas can lead you down the wrong path. As a Yale Medical School-trained physician, scientist, and leader in Precision Medicine with more than 20 years of experience helping clients extend their healthspans, I’ve heard all the myths. Let me set the record straight on three popular unhealthy myths, so you can start growing younger today.
Unhealthy Myth #1 HEALTH ALWAYS DECLINES WITH AGE
Debunked Most of us believe this is the only way: We feel great in our 20s, but it’s all downhill from there. And even physicians will reinforce the unhealthy myth that health decline and diseases are inevitable as you grow older. In fact, many of my clients have told me they went to their primary physician with vague complaints about not feeling as good as they used to. Their doctor responded, “Well, you’re getting older, get used to it! That’s aging!”
That’s false. By taking charge of your health in partnership with a physician who takes the time to explore your attributes and physiology, you can prevent and even reverse chronic diseases emerging with aging. I have many 40-, 50-, and 60-year-young clients who feel healthier than in their 20s and 30s. How did they do it? They took control of their health by exploring their future health trajectory through the Comite Center’s diagnostic abilities. They also make key personalized adjustments to their sleep, diet, exercise, and more that are targeted and actionable – for each individual. Optimizing your health is an investment in matching your health span to your lifespan. And we are making it easier than ever before and available to everyone. Check out our app called Groq Health that puts the power of precision medicine and health in the palm of your hand–right on your smartphone.
Unhealthy Myth #2 WE ALL EVENTUALLY TURN INTO OUR PARENTS
Debunked You’ve heard this unhealthy myth before, and you probably believe it. It is because so often we see our elderly friends and family suffering from the same diseases that their parents experienced. How many times have you learned that a friend had a heart attack at the same age as his father did or heard someone say, “cancer runs in my family?”
Yes, your family health history is a vital predictor of potential health problems for you. That is the bad news. The good news? Your DNA is not your destiny. Let go of unhealthy myths!
Your genes are impacted by epigenetic switches which may change expression in diverse family members and you. Your gene expression can be modified by your behavior and environment, by the food you eat, the drugs and supplements you take, pollutants and toxins, even your sleep and exercise habits. Through our work in Precision Medicine, we collect the bits and bytes that make up your health story. Then we marry this intel with as much data as possible about your family health history. Next, we connect those dots by integrating biomarker data measured in your bloodwork and other diagnostic tests. We interpret those findings to fully understand you. When we find a health concern or detect evidence that a disease will emerge in your future, Comite clinicians recommend habit adjustments, supplements, medications, and diagnostic tools that will help you to not turn into your parents. Our work allows us to predict and reverse aging and disease, stop the emerging disorders of aging as we turn back your biological clock. Comite Center collects and analyzes longitudinal scientific and evidenced-based studies over the last two decades- and has the data to prove it.
Unhealthy Myth #3 A YEARLY PHYSICAL EXAM IS ALL YOU NEED TO STAY HEALTHY
Debunked It’s not nearly enough. A conventional annual exam is important. But it barely scratches the surface as it only provides you with a tiny thumbnail sketch of your makeup. That is why we need to break these unhealthy myths. To stay healthy and prevent diseases associated with your particular genetics and lifestyle, and in turn, with aging, more insights would serve you well. This requires partnering with a doctor who explores your physiology at the cellular level using a continuous glucose monitor. A CGM and blood tests can measure key biomarkers to detect potential problems even when you feel well. The Comite Center for Precision Medicine & Health provides all of that and more. Another option is leveraging the tools of digital health through our app Groq Health. Groq sends updates of your current health snapshot and doctor-prescribed interventions to optimize your current and future health to your cellphone.
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Endocrinologist Florence Comite, MD, CEO & Founder, Comite Center for Precision Medicine & Health in New York City, Palo Alto, and Miami Beach.