What is Longevity Medicine?

scientist using microscope to illustrate diagnostic testing in longevity medicine
Medically Reviewed
November 2, 2023

As you’ve probably guessed, the world of longevity medicine is about more than dosing yourself up with medicine to survive the extra years! It’s about living with a higher quality of life and foreseeing and preventing common chronic diseases that often accompany the aging process. So – let’s look at:

  • the technology and science behind longevity medicine
  • a functional medicine approach to longevity
  • how multiple disciplines play their part in healthy aging

Longer and Healthier Life Using Cutting-Edge Technology and Science

The goal of longevity medicine is to preserve and improve your quality of life by targeting the biological mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases.

Our aim is to help you understand the aging process and the factors that contribute to your life expectancy. Then, together, we can potentially reverse some of the undesirable effects of aging that would prevent you enjoying healthy later years.

But how has this become possible? The simple answer is this: Progress in artificial intelligence and data analytics has made personalized medicine approaches possible. We can customize interventions for you based on data analysis and your specific characteristics and biomarkers.

Technological and scientific innovations have therefore given us the potential to not only prolong your life but also enhance the quality of your additional years by promoting good health from an earlier age.

The Functional Approach to Longevity Medicine

Functional medicine places you at the center and aims to identify and address the underlying causes of any disease you have rather than just treating your symptoms.

It focuses on the complex interplay between genetics, environment, and lifestyle factors that can impact your long-term health and the emergence of chronic illnesses such as

  • hypertension,
  • type 2 diabetes,
  • osteoporosis,
  • dementia,
  • chronic pain,
  • inflammation,
  • heart problems, and
  • arthritis.

Clearly, these do not lead to healthy longevity!

However, using a functional medicine approach, along with the latest tests and technological innovations, it’s possible to find and address the root causes of your current problems and tailor a wellbeing journey uniquely to you. Your genes are unalterable but your destination is not!

At Nava Health, our experience is that longevity medicine benefits you most if it’s personalized to you and harnesses cutting-edge technologies to help prevent as many chronic illnesses as possible.

It goes without saying that this works best when you collaborate and support this approach by committing to lifestyle and nutritional adjustments that become necessary!

However, our arsenal of investigative tools is instrumental in establishing the root causes of age-related conditions and gaining a comprehensive understanding of your health profile. We’ll look at each of them in a moment. But first, why integrate disciplines for good healthcare?

Integrating Multiple Disciplines in Longevity Medicine

Optimal aging is a multi-faceted journey that requires an integrative approach, drawing knowledge and techniques from various disciplines.

By integrating fields such as nutrition, exercise, genetics, psychology, and even social sciences, we can create a comprehensive strategy for your aging that addresses both the physical and mental aspects of healthy longevity.

Integration, in this sense, means we craft personalized plans that cater to your unique needs and goals every step of the way. This involves the

art of longevity medicine: prevention, regeneration, and optimization. Let’s discuss these in turn.

Preventive Medicine: Diagnostic Testing

Prevention is key when it comes to longevity. With preventive medicine, we dive deep to uncover the root causes of potential health issues before they appear, thanks to advanced diagnostic testing.

The latest technologies have helped produce an amazing array of tools to do this effectively. They include:

DUTCH Test (hormonal health evaluation): DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. This helps us establish if you have imbalanced hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and others. Surprisingly, a hormonal imbalance can occur at any age. And it sets off a series of symptoms that can lead to less healthy aging. Longevity medicine takes such crucial information and acts on it to improve things as part of your health plan.

WAVi Brain Scan (brain health assessment): Dementia and cognitive decline lead to poor later years. Longevity medicine addresses this by tracking your brain’s health over time. For this cutting-edge scan, you wear a head set and undergo some tests that assess your brain’s responses and memory in real time. With the analysis to hand, you can discuss with your healthcare provider how to improve your aging process.

GI-Map (microbiome testing): We now understand better than ever the importance of your gut microbiome to every aspect of your health. The GI-Map refers to “gastrointestinal” testing – which we do via a stool test to assess the presence of bad bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and yeasts (as well as your healthy bacteria!).

Metabolomix (overall nutritional status assessment): This is one of the most comprehensive nutritional assessments available. It provides key nutritional biomarkers via a first morning void (FMV) urine test and a finger prick blood test. It shows us what your body needs in terms of various nutrients in order to age more healthily.

These tests are now a crucial part of longevity medicine because they uncover factors that contribute to life expectancy.

Regenerative Treatments to Rewind the Clock

Regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s natural ability to heal and rejuvenate itself. All of the following can play their part in longevity medicine treatments:

  • Erectile Dysfunction treatment
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Sexual vitality hormone therapy
  • Equiscope therapy

Optimization Therapies to Supercharge Your Body

Whether you need an energy boost, immune support, or targeted nutrient replenishment in your day-to-day life, our optimization therapies can deliver what you need and supercharge your wellbeing at any age. These include IV Micronutrient Therapy and NAD+ IV Therapy.

Functional Nutrition and Longevity Medicine at Nava Health

Functional nutrition focuses on the therapeutic use of food and nutrients to optimize your health and prevent disease. At Nava Health, functional nutrition is a vital part of longevity medicine because it supports optimal cellular functioning, reduces inflammation, and addresses nutrient deficiencies that contribute to age-related diseases.

Your body was designed to heal itself and work well. Longevity medicine supports you in returning that gift to your body. If you want to experience optimum health into old age, why not let us show you how longevity medicine and functional nutrition can transform your life?


Call us today for a consultation!


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A Medical Director, and one of the first physicians to join the Nava Health & Vitality Center, Dr. Douglas Lord has made significant contributions to our Center and its founding principles. Dr. Lord has helped develop and implement the Nava Method™—Nava’s proprietary approach to total body wellness. He has also been instrumental in liaising with other expert practitioners to successfully implement Nava’s range of therapies, treatments, and products.

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What is Longevity Medicine?
Longevity medicine helps you live a high-quality life for longer. Read how technology and a functional approach to healthcare can make it so!