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Gender medicine & Genetic Testing for a Healthy New Year

Gender Medicine at la pura

gender medicine

Too much caffeine, the wrong type of exercise, deficient in omega oils or too stressed to do anything about it. How is your health? Is your lifestyle balanced? Is it time to make a few changes?

With the dawn of a new decade and trend-setting health analysis methods, I decided to put my health under the microscope using gender medicine and genetic evaluation. And where better than through a pioneering company where “healthy ageing” is the pinnacle objective. Such an approach is practised at la pura, (www.lapura.at), a dedicated resort for women, located in the healthy heartlands of rural Austria.

La pura offers innovative concepts for the prevention of specific conditions in women based on the latest findings in gender medicine, in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna. Diagnostic testing individualises relevant ageing subjects and tackles them in a scientific way, based on epigenetics. This scientific field differentiates between the (static) genome and an epigenome, which can be altered dynamically by biological, mental and social factors. In other words, the ageing process can be influenced preventively in a timely manner and used to actively and consciously shape the path of the future. At la pura, the epigenetic risk factors of each woman are determined comprehensively using modern diagnostic methods which can individually determine a woman‘s biological age and focus on any potential weak points. There are coordinated therapies and medical treatments, including some for home application, for any weak points that are discovered. The testing covers lifestyle and mental balance, exercise and nutrition to supplementation and hormone replacement.

It is recommended that testing is done before a stay at la pura. A test kit is sent in advance. It’s quick to do, a few painless pin pricks from the fingertips for several blood samples, hygienically and safely sealed and then whizzed off to a specialist hospital laboratory in Austria.  

After 3-4 weeks, the results are in. They are returned in the form of a detailed personal report, colourful graphs, medical terminology which is mind boggling at first, but becomes clear after a few reads. The report provides personal feedback in lifestyle routines, habits, exercise, anxiety levels, nutrition and metabolism. What’s more, it is designed just for you based on your own blood sample.

A one-to-one telephone call is scheduled to discuss the results in detail which takes around an hour. However, it is essential to read and digest the data first to gain some understanding of the principles of the evaluation and to grasp the meaning so as to be able to make lifestyle changes.

There are several types of tests offered, each valuable to anyone who places wellness as a top priority. I opted for the Metabolic Health Panel. This test covers three principles: nutrigenomics which includes DNA and nutrition, genes and how they are regulated, and personalised nutrition. The Metabolic Health Panel reveals your metabolic and genetic types and characters.

Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics is the research into the interaction between genes and nutrition for long-term individual nutritional recommendations. We all express our genes in a unique way, which influences the functions of the metabolism. We differ strongly in metabolic capacities as individuals. Depending on our genetic conditions, there are significant differences in our need for macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, nutrients, trace minerals). External factors such as the environment as well as our internal workings greatly affect the rate of influence of methylation on metabolism and other areas of our body. Our diet has a strong influence on our gene regulation (epigenetics).

Genes

Genes are sections of our DNA where the blueprint for proteins is located. Small deviations in the sequence of these main building blocks within a gene can affect the function of protein. Inherited or randomly formed, these remain for life. Epigenetics accounts for the mechanisms of gene regulation that can be influenced by environmental factors, diet, and lifestyle. With a change in one’s lifestyle (diet, exercise, and stress levels), gene activity can be increased and decreased.

Personalised Nutrition

Through the analysis of twenty-three gene variants (SNPs) and various epigenetic markers the test determines your metabolic type. There are four types:

Carbohydrate Type: Carbohydrates are metabolised well but there are difficulties in digesting protein and fat.

Fat Type: Fat is metabolized well, a desired weight can be achieved with the right intake and lipid composition in the diet.

Protein Type: Proteins are digested well so weight loss can be achieved with protein rich foods.

Balanced Type: All three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) are equally well metabolized.

SNPs are evaluated individually and contribute to your personalized nutritional recommendations. The results offer indications on how to lose or gain weight according to your individual body type. How to attain a stabilized, healthy body weight through modulation of macronutrient intake, and by incorporating specific types and durations of exercise. This forms the basis for your individual personalised nutrition.

Genetics and Exercise: Which Exercise Type Are You?

Exercise is essential for all of us. However, the type of exercise to benefit you is dependent on genetics. Endurance sports may good for some, while others are better suited to and will gain greater health benefits from strength training or a combination of both.

By assessing the variations of genes, the analysis is able to assign appropriate and effective exercise programme suited to your body type. The test evaluates how physical movement effects your body weight.

Preventative Health

A genetic health report also can provide a prediction of your genetic risk for diabetes and obesity and provide a future lifestyle plan to avoid major problems in the short and long term.

Results

My report has guided me in adjusting my lifestyle habits and routines.  Being designated as a carbohydrate type, I am now mindful of the nutritional values of this food group, buckwheat, quinoa and rice and to the importance of including the outer shells of grains, as well as the proportion of proteins I need to include.  Complex carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly, provide more energy, and contain more vitamins. The quality of fats was highlighted (linseed oil highly recommended) as was the need to increase my intake of fish oils (omega 6). My body type also benefits from fasting intervals to give time to regenerate. Water consumption needs to be topped up to two litres. If I choose to reduce weight, exercise would not do the trick, my only option is to reduce my food calorie intake. But of course, exercise is important to mind and body. Endurance & strength are my recommended exercise – so here’s to Nordic walking, biking, jogging and swimming as well as weight bearing programme at my local gym.

My lifestyle, hooray, is balanced but I am warned to watch stress levels. My analysis revealed a few dodgy genes which of course I am unable to change but through this detailed report I can help to strengthen the good genes to counteract negative effects. We are not all perfect!

Identifying your own biological make-up, understanding how your body works and the red alert signs help you to feel more in control and at one with the workings of your own body. You become more aware of external factors reacting to your own system.

I’m on track to a healthier decade. My genes defined and the tweaks to my lifestyle habits and routine slowly integrated.  How about you?

The Geneometry Metabolic Health is priced at EUR 390

To find out more about metabolic testing, contact www.lapura.at

 

Healthy Ageing in Austria

Gender Medicine at la pura

gender medicine

Would you like to know your biological age, your allergies, your health forecast? La pura in the Waldviertel region of Austria is a dedicated healthy ageing resort designed exclusively for women.

More than a wellness hotel, the focus at la pura is on slowing the biological clock with treatments formulated to outsmart time. According to research, our age is determined 30 per cent by genetics, the remainder up to us to manage by our lifestyle choices and habits, good or bad. The resort attracts those who want to understand their make-up, identify and change negative lifestyle habits. The emphasis is not on anti but on healthy ageing by embracing and enhancing life‘s journey, not battling against it.

The theory is based on female-specific gender medicine developed by Dr Alexandra Kautzky-Willer of the Medical University of Vienna and healthy ageing programmes managed by Medical Director, Dr Sabine Froehlich, at la pura.  Based on science and proven evidence, ageing topics are individualised and addressed with innovative and sustainable solutions. Results not only determine the biological age, but highlight weak areas and risk factors.

There is a wide range of treatments and programmes which are custom-made and based on diagnostic tests and medical consultations, all in the name of aging gracefully.  Genetic testing tackles pre-dispositions and age-related diseases. A 3D skin analysis scans the skin to reveal collagen loss, sun damage and age. A saliva test detects silent inflammations in the body. Others include testing metabolic function and individual macronutrient needs leading to weight stability and management.  If stress is a factor, there’s mental counselling and relaxing treatments.

Originally built in 1914 as a mansion house, today it stands as a spacious health retreat with 85 guestrooms classically decorated. The Boccaccaio room, a former theatre, is the social heart where afternoon tea is served daily and the host for organised entertainment – a pianist, wine tasting or make-up workshop. Relaxed and  friendly, it’s a space for guests to share their experiences. Just over an hour from Vienna, the retreat lies in the Kamptal valley, with a river running by and a castle silhouette overhead.

The spa includes a choice of saunas, steam rooms & an infra-red cabin. Little exfoliating peeling cups are available, flavoured with mango, vanilla, or even chocolate – a refreshing touch.  And around every corner, relaxation areas appear in different modes, quiet rooms, warmed loungers, alcoves around the indoor pool and outdoor decks.

Prevention is a key component of healthy ageing.  Chinese traditional medicine is practised here as well as natural therapies such as underwater extension therapy, effective for tensions and misaligned sections of the spinal cord. “Healthy Ageing Therapy” is a revitalising manual massage using vaporised herb pouches and warm aromatic oils, individually created. Think almond and sesame oils, together with herbal mixtures of ginger, elderflower, mint and ivy.

Ad hoc botox and fillers are frowned upon. Here cosmetic and aesthetic medicine is based on the results of a Visia Scan, which detects the collagen levels, the depth of lines and wrinkles and the sun damage from which digital results calculate facial age. This test is a scientific qualifier for future and effective treatments which may take the form of thread lifting, fillers or skin rejuvenation with mesotherapy – a vitamin cocktail. A personalised serum is formulated for your skin’s requirements. For arms, legs and abdomens, the aesthetic body treatments target fat cells using suction-wave massage, reducing them via the lymphatic system, followed by an ultrasound and agent treatment to activate a fat-burning process.

Food is an integral part of a stay. The FX Mayr nutritional programme is a popular treatment to detox the intestines and improve digestion. It involves a different approach to eating and appreciating food intake.  Guests following this dine away from temptation in a separate dining room. And to maintain these culinary virtues and encourage diet lifestyle changes, cookery classes are held regularly in the show kitchen.

Guests can follow a low-calorie menu or for those wishing to indulge, dinner is a 4-course affair. Yellow turnip coconut foam soup and salmon with lukewarm orange fennel salad are examples of the creative dishes served.  Breakfast is ultra- healthy with warm millet porridge, spelt pancakes and vegan bircher served with an edible flower garnish – all too good to eat!  The restaurant spills outside, overlooking the square, a peak into everyday life in this sleepy town, known for its singer-song writer, Falco. His monument ornaments the local park.

Classes and activities for mind and body can fill your day with maybe a few new experiences thrown in. Smovey walking is trending – a one up-man-ship on Nordic walking. It involves weighted hand accessories while walking through the park and climbing through the forested area. These bright green loops help with posture and joint mobility and coordination. Along with yoga, a staple in spa resorts, classes include balance, endurance and spine care exercises. The sling workout involves muscle strengthening using ropes to stabilise the body. Days at la pura are interesting, sociable and as busy as you want them to be, including a dip in the River Kamp.

La pura offers that ray of hope to women battling with healthy ageing.It is a place to relax and to find a personalised formula to slow down the ticking clock, inside and out. A wrinkle and a wobble less, a stronger mind, a body and soul in harmony and acceptance.La pura serves a recipe that is effective, holistic and individual – a sustainable form of health prevention and healthy ageing.

la pura women’s health resort kamptal
Hauptplatz 58, 3571 Gars am Kamp, Austria
Tel.: 
+43 2985/26 66-741
Fax.: +43 2985/26 66-745
Mail: 
willkommen@lapura.at or reservierung@lapura.at

The packages:

https://www.lapura.at/en/health/healthy-aging/

https://www.lapura.at/en/health/detox/

The editor was a guest of la pura.