How is it different to other executive health programs?

The Staying Alive program aims to embrace all of the latest technology to extend life and wellness. After a medical has been completed, it goes to the next step of putting the risk factors into a complete Risk Management Program.

There is a review of known Risk Factors – i.e. family history, past history, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar level, prostate specific antigen, renal and liver function, weight and BMI, abdominal circumference, and personal habits (diet, smoking, exercise and work-life balance).

In addition, gene testing is done to look for any clues of 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 GPs have done additional training in clinical genetics at the 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, and skin cancers are detected at an early curable stage.

Cardiac risks are screened by coronary calcium scoring (an X-ray) 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corporate health centres use stress cardiographs to do this but this has been shown by research to be an inferior and outdated method of cardiovascular disease detection.

This is not medical per se, but builds on those who have done medicals to review all the information available and go to 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, one you can work through with your usual GP wherever you are.

Remember, what’s in your genes is not "set in concrete". Genes are expressed through an interaction with the environment i.e. how you live (your diet and lifestyle). What preventive 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.

Note: Any gene testing must be accompanied by pre and post testing counselling. Corporate programs and gene testing are not funded by Medicare.

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