The Ultimate Check Up

Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer?

Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life.

 

No. 1: Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

 

No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

 

No. 3: Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

 

No. 4: Exercise boosts energy

Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

No. 5: Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep without disturbing the normal architecture of the sleep itself (which has a number of stages, including deep sleep and REM or rapid eye movement). Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep. A refreshing and sustained sleep lasting 7-8 hours is medically proven to offer a number of long-term health benefits, including increased life expectancy.

 

No. 6: Exercise puts the spark into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.

 

No. 7: Exercise is fun

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a local gym. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

 

The bottom line on exercise:

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more.

 

Exercise improves self-esteem and overall confidence, which is often translated in both social and work/business productivity and success.

 

Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, even if you do not have any specific health concerns.

 

A basic medical examination should always be undertaken to assess medical fitness to undertake an exercise programme / personal trainer.

Recommended medical assessments pre-activity

Blood Pressure – if uncontrolled activity should be delayed

Heart examination – to exclude murmurs and narrowing of valves (which can lead to collapse)

Urine analysis – to exclude undiagnosed diabetes or kidney problems

Lung function (spirometry) – to assess lung volumes and to exclude conditions such as uncontrolled asthma (which can lead to medical emergencies)

Musculoskeletal examination – to identify any underlying soft tissue or joint issues which may be aggravated by intense physical activity

We offer a number of screening assessments aimed at picking up medical problems early so that they can be addressed speedily and the risk of ill health averted. Our SUPERSCREEN is unique to Regent Street Clinic and is the “full monty” and the most popular screen at our clinics for those that want the most thorough assessment of their current health status. This SUPERSCREEN combines laboratory analysis of blood, urine and faeces to look for over 80 different parameters, with the results typically available within 2-3 working days.

ADVANCED SCREEN:

A detailed and very thorough set of screening blood tests providing an in-depth assessment of an individual’s health status.

Our most popular screening assessment.

Blood

Full Blood Count

  • Haemoglobin
  • Red blood cells
  • Haematocrit
  • Mean cell volume
  • Red cell distribution
  • Mean cell haemoglobin
  • Platelets
  • MPV
  • White blood cells
  • Neutrophils
  • Lymphocytes
  • Monocytes
  • Eosinophils
  • Basophils

Biochemistry

  • Chloride
  • Glucose
  • Iron
  • Ferritin
  • Transferrin saturation
  • TIBC (total iron binding capacity)
  • CK

Haematology (Inflammatory Markers)

  • ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)
  • hs-CRP (inflammatory marker)

Kidney Function

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Bicarbonate
  • Urea
  • Creatinine
  • eGFR (MDRB)

Liver Function

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • ALT – alanine transaminase
  • AST – aspartate transaminase
  • ALP – alkaline phosphatase
  • GGT – gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase
  • LDH – lactate dehydrogenase
  • Total bilirubin

Bone screen

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Calcium
  • Corrected calcium
  • Phosphate
  • ALP
  • Uric acid

Lipids

  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL – high density lipoprotein
  • Triglycerides
  • LDL – low density lipoprotein
  • Chol:HDL ratio
  • Non HDL cholesterol

Premium Thyroid Function Tests

  • TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone
  • T4 – thyroxine
  • Free T4
  • T3 – triiodothyronine
  • Free T3
  • Thyroid antibodies
  • Anti-Thyroidperoxidase antibodies
  • Anti-Thyroglobulin antibodies

Vitamins/ Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Phosphate
  • Active Vitamin B12
  • Folate
  • 25-OH Vitamin D

Sugar control

  • Glucose
  • HbA1C

Hormones (Male)

  • Total testosterone
  • Free testosterone
  • SHBG – sex hormone binding globulin
  • Total PSA – prostate specific antigen
  • Free PSA
  • Total:Free PSA calculated ratio

Hormones (Female)

  • FSH – follicle stimulating hormone
  • LH-leuteinizing hormone
  • Oestradiol
  • Prolactin

BASIC SCREEN:

An excellent initial screening blood profile to assess an individual’s baseline health status.

This screen provides the treating clinician with vital information about possible causes of a whole range of symptoms, including tiredness, lethargy and weight gain/loss.

Blood

Full Blood Count

  • Haemoglobin
  • Red blood cells
  • Haematocrit
  • Mean cell volume
  • Red cell distribution
  • Mean cell haemoglobin
  • Platelets
  • MPV
  • White blood cells
  • Neutrophils
  • Lymphocytes
  • Monocytes
  • Eosinophils
  • Basophils

Biochemistry

  • Chloride
  • Glucose
  • Iron
  • Ferritin
  • Transferrin saturation
  • TIBC (total iron binding capacity)
  • CK

Haematology (Inflammatory Markers)

  • ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)

Kidney Function

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Bicarbonate
  • Urea
  • Creatinine
  • eGFR (MDRB)

Liver Function

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • ALT – alanine transaminase
  • AST – aspartate transaminase
  • ALP – alkaline phosphatase
  • GGT – gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase
  • LDH – lactate dehydrogenase
  • Total bilirubin

Bone screen

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Calcium
  • Corrected calcium
  • Phosphate
  • ALP
  • Uric acid

Lipids

  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL – high density lipoprotein
  • Triglycerides
  • LDL – low density lipoprotein
  • Chol:HDL ratio
  • Non HDL cholesterol

Thyroid Function

  • TSH
  • Free T4

THE SUPERSCREEN:

The most thorough and comprehensive multi-system screen looking for absolutely everything that could be wrong

Blood

Full Blood Count

  • Haemoglobin
  • Red blood cells
  • Haematocrit
  • Mean cell volume
  • Red cell distribution
  • Mean cell haemoglobin
  • Platelets
  • MPV
  • White blood cells
  • Neutrophils
  • Lymphocytes
  • Monocytes
  • Eosinophils
  • Basophils

Biochemistry

  • Chloride
  • Glucose
  • Iron
  • Ferritin
  • Transferrin saturation
  • TIBC (total iron binding capacity)
  • CK

Haematology (Inflammatory Markers)

  • ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)

Kidney Function

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Bicarbonate
  • Urea
  • Creatinine
  • eGFR (MDRB)

Liver Function

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • ALT – alanine transaminase
  • AST – aspartate transaminase
  • ALP – alkaline phosphatase
  • GGT – gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase
  • LDH – lactate dehydrogenase
  • Total bilirubin

Bone screen

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Calcium
  • Corrected calcium
  • Phosphate
  • ALP
  • Uric acid

Lipids

  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL – high density lipoprotein
  • Triglycerides
  • LDL – low density lipoprotein
  • Chol:HDL ratio
  • Non HDL cholesterol

Premium Thyroid Function Tests

  • TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone
  • T4 – thyroxine
  • Free T4
  • T3 – triiodothyronine
  • Free T3
  • Thyroid antibodies
  • Anti-Thyroidperoxidase antibodies
  • Anti-Thyroglobulin antibodies

Vitamins/ Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Phosphate
  • Active Vitamin B12
  • Folate
  • 25-OH Vitamin D

Sugar control

  • Glucose
  • Glycosylated haemoglobin
  • HbA1C
  • Insulin

Hormones (Male)

  • Total testosterone
  • Free testosterone
  • SHBG – sex hormone binding globulin
  • Total PSA – prostate specific antigen
  • Free PSA
  • Total:Free PSA calculated ratio

Hormones (Female)

  • FSH – follicle stimulating hormone

Autoimmune Screen

  • ANA – antinuclear antibodies
  • ANCA – Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies
  • Anti-Double Stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA)
  • Extractable Nuclear Antigen Antibodies
  • Rheumatoid Factor (RF)

Inflammation

  • ESR – erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • CRP – C-reactive protein

Stress

  • Serum cortisol

Allergies

  • Total IgE level – Immunoglobulin E

Sexual health

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea

Urine

Urine Chemistry

  • pH
  • Protein
  • Glucose
  • Ketone
  • Blood
  • Urobilinogen
  • Nitrites
  • Leucocytes

Drug of abuse screen

  • Opiates
  • Cannabinoids
  • Benzodiazepines
  • MDMA
  • Amphetamines

Urine Microscopy

  • WBCs
  • RBCs
  • Casts
  • Epithelial cells
  • Crystals
  • Organisms

Urine Culture

  • Evidence of infection
  • Sensitivity if positive culture

Stool Report

  • General appearance
  • Stool Culture
  • Helminth Ova
  • Protozoal Cysts
  • Other parasites
  • Faecal Occult Blood (FOB)

DNA Test

Discover where your lifestyle may be impacting your genes and potential health.

Areas of genomic assessment include –

  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Food cravings and satiety
  • Sugar metabolism and sensitivity to carbohydrates
  • Fat sensitivity and over-absorption
  • Fat release ability
  • Methylation
  • Detoxification ability
  • Oestrogen imbalance
  • Inflammation
  • Oxidative stress
  • PUFA metabolism
  • Caffeine sensitivity
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Iron overload

Nutrient needs:

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Folate and vitamin Bs
  • Vitamin C, vitamin D
  • Magnesium, omegas
  • Dietary type
  • Exercise type