Brain Optimization Panel.
Our brain is an incredibly complex organ.Approximately 15-20% of people aged 65 and older have mild cognitive impairment. In some cases, this can develop into dementia, which has a devastating impact not only on the person affected but also their loved ones.
Chronic inflammation is believed to be the root cause of many diseases that happen later in life, and some studies have shown that inflammation in midlife may also contribute to the development of dementia.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance your liver makes in response to inflammation.
Homocysteine is another major inflammatory marker that’s associated with heart disease and stroke, as well as dementia.
There’s growing evidence that having type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
A hemoglobin A1c test can also be a good way to check if you have, or are at risk of having, a pre-diabetic or diabetic condition.
There are a number of metals naturally found in our bodies that are essential for our brains and bodies to function correctly, including zinc, copper and iron.
Mercury poisoning is a serious that can have significant neurological effects. If you eat a lot of fish or have old dental work, it’s worthwhile getting your mercury levels tested.
Lead is another heavy metal to watch out for. Exposure to lead – typically through old paint and corroded lead pipes – can cause serious health problems, including symptoms of dementia.