At Neolife, we are experts in conducting preventive checkups. With almost a decade of experience and thousands of completed checkups, we continue to apply the latest technology and the most advanced protocols in our field.
The first step is to test ourselves, to know how we are aging. Our checkups are the result of an individualized prescription, made by our medical team during an initial assessment consultation.
At Neolife, no two checkups are alike. We customize the initial medical tests, based on:
Our checkups consist of the assessment of hundreds of biomarkers, not only of health, but also of aging, which are key to providing a diagnosis and a treatment targeted to:
The interpretation of biomarkers and laboratory values is different in each health center, both public and private. The aim is to reach values, in which there is full functionality and absence of disease, i.e., optimal values.
We are much more demanding, and we rely on Age Management Medicine: our mission is to prevent (finding subclinical disease, i.e., before it appears) and improve each person’s quality of life.
We do more than give simple recommendations: at Neolife, we define a personalized plan for the next three months.
We focus our efforts on improving those biomarkers that directly impact the goals set by the client, and the medical and nutrition team.
The diagnosis is made globally: our multidisciplinary team (doctors, nutritionists, experts in exercise, rest and oxidative stress, telomeres, etc.) jointly analyzes the results, in order to define an optimal follow-up program.
We conduct a review of your past and present health, so that we can take action going forward.
GENERAL HEALTH AND FAMILY HISTORY
Current medical problems (blood pressure, cholesterol, high blood sugar, etc.) and any current or past diseases (year of diagnosis, stage of disease, etc.).
Drug allergies, asthma, seasonal allergies, etc. and, if so, treatment to alleviate them.
Medications and supplements you are currently taking.
Diagnostic checkups you have had in recent years (and tests included), number of times you have seen a doctor (and the reason for the visit), absences from work due to , etc.
Surgical procedures you have undergone during your lifetime (including plastic surgery), and hospitalizations you have had.
Detailed assessment of each of the body’s systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urological, genital systems, etc.
Current or past illnesses suffered by biological relatives, detailing the type of illness suffered. The causes of death, of all close relatives, are also taken into account.
LIFESTYLE AND HABITS
Current diet (times and number of meals, how many meals are eaten outside the home, and the frequency of consumption of each type of food: salt, fried foods, beverages, dairy products, vegetables, legumes, organic products, etc.) and food control (if you have any concerns about your nutritional habits, if they interfere with your private life, etc.).
Type of exercise and the number of times per week you exercise, motives for doing/not doing physical activity, injuries that have occurred throughout your life, if you have a personal trainer, if you suffer from any illness, which makes you unable to perform certain activities, etc.
Patient’s current and past smoking habits, alcohol consumption (wine, beer, distilled beverages), and use of drugs or other illegal substances.
Hours of sleep, sleep hygiene (time of exercise, dinner time, coffee intake, room brightness, room characteristics, etc.), Epworth questionnaire for daytime sleepiness assessment, and sleep apnea screening.
Symptoms associated with a possible stressful situation, assessment of the level of stress endured, traumatic events suffered throughout life, and management or experience of these situations.
Family and social activities, satisfaction with your life, hobbies that you enjoy, etc.
Short Form 36 Health Survey Questionnaire (SF-36), indicating which situations of daily life are effortless, or on the contrary, which are physically limiting (mild or moderate). Also, which situations involve a mental effort.
Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), which analyzes the patient’s current emotional state.
GENERAL HEALTH AND FAMILY HISTORY
A thorough medical history, together with an initial physical examination, is essential to obtain a “snapshot” of the individual’s state of health.
In addition to the usual parameters, inflammation biomarkers, vitamin levels, hormonal profile, etc., are determined, and a more demanding interpretation of the results is made.
Cholesterol, lifestyles, and current diseases are not enough to accurately predict cardiovascular risk. In Neolife Checkups, we measure, among other things, central blood pressure, arterial stiffness and elasticity, perform resting electrocardiograms, cardiac stress tests, assess the fatty acid profile in the erythrocyte membrane, visceral fat, etc., and assess the risk of cardiovascular disease./span>In addition, using the latest advances in cardiovascular prevention, we analyze atheroma plaque. At Neolife, two imaging tests are performed, one to detect the presence of calcium in the coronary arteries, and the other to measure the thickness of the intima and media layers of the carotid artery wall.
At Neolife, we perform a thoracic and abdominal-pelvic CT scan, using the most advanced scanner currently available: the Discovery CT750 HD. We also perform colon cancer screening with the Septin 9 Test, and a fecal occult blood test.
Additionally, a series of tumor markers are measured: total PSA, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), alpha-fetoprotein, beta-HCG, calcitonin, Ca 19.9, Ca 125, Ca 15.3, neuron-specific enolase (NSE), beta-2 microglobulin (B2M), and prolactin, as well as serological determinations, related to cancer, such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and breath test (H. Pilory), or any other type of marker that may be needed, depending on the individual.
Telomere Analysis Technology (TAT) determines both the median telomere length, and the length of the shortest telomeres, which is an excellent indicator of aging, accounting for 30% of the cellular aging status.
Genetic studies show pathogenic genetic variations, that generate a very high probability of occurrence of the disease and, therefore, should trigger a series of preventive, monitoring, and treatment actions.
Various tests and examinations are performed, to assess the individual’s neurocognitive health, and to detect possible early impairments.
A brain MRI, the main diagnostic imaging test to determine brain atrophy, is also performed.
The biomarkers that are analyzed for the measurement of physical qualities, are those used in high performance sports centers for world-class athletes, which are some of the best known and most reliable markers of aging to date: maximal oxygen uptake and ventilatory thresholds, through the use of a stress test, dynamometry, flexibility, strength, etc.
The most sophisticated device on the market (DXA-Lunar) is used to measure bone mineral density, which indicates the degree of decalcification.
Photographs, skinfold measurement, bone diameters, body perimeters, impedancemetry, and DXA, provide the most accurate anthropometric data available in the clinical setting, for an adequate interpretation of our weight and body composition.
There are over 100 types of sleep disorders. At Neolife, we focus on the one that occurs due to the aging process, chronodisruption, in order to assess the appropriate prescription of melatonin.
The measurement and interpretation of specific biomarkers and their balance, at the intracellular level, provides us with information on the state of oxidation and inflammation, and therefore, on whether there’s a need to take antioxidants.
The determination of functional biomarkers of the respiratory system, is key, due to its close correlation with our body’s general state of aging.
In addition to knowing the current state of health (as with the rest of the checkups on the market), we discover our body’s degree of aging, an essential condition, to be able to improve our health, in a preventive and proactive way.
PREVENTION AND RISK FACTORS
We are able to predict the premature development of specific age-related diseases and try to minimize this risk.
3-MONTH INDIVIDUALIZED ACTION PLAN
Aimed at improving the quality of life, we obtain a plan for the following three months, with preventive actions for every cornerstone.
But there’s more. To correctly carry out a Neolife Program, in addition to the Initial Checkup, it is essential to carry out the Follow-up Program, with the goal of achieving the desired results in the short, medium, and long term.