Guest Post: Tim Tonella

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Tim Tonella, like most professionals living in major metropolitan areas, didn’t start a family until his 40s. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average age of first-time parents has been increasing steadily over the past three decades and bigger cities take that age even further.

With his first child on the way, Tim isn’t just interested in being around for his growing family as he enters middle age, he wants to have the stamina to keep up with them. “For me, this is deeper than exercising and eating right. I wanted to take it to the next level. I need to be here for my family.”

Tim is no stranger to taking health and fitness to the edge. He comes from a family of athletes and has been religiously training for a variety of events since age 16.

From the moment he heard about WellnessFX, Tim was hooked. “I’ve been a supplement junkie most of my life; however, it’s only been through WFX that I’ve been able to really measure the effects,” Tim says.

“Right now, I get draws every six months, but I may go to three times a year. The high points for me are the consults.” He’s referring to the one-on-one time with a healthcare professional, where members can home in on twice the biomarkers offered with traditional blood tests and handpick the areas where they can improve. “I get serious up-to-date facts, but in terms I can easily understand.”

Advanced biomarker readings help Tim keep track of the high cholesterol that runs in his family. What was once a constant worry is now managed with regular blood work, supplements and exercise.

“When I was first diagnosed, my regular physician didn’t suggest a change in diet or exercise.” Instead, Tim’s doctor casually recommended popular cholesterol absorption inhibitor and sent home. “It was really the ease in which he suggested that I try the drug that took me aback,” Tim says. “I feel kind of young at 49 to take a drug like that, plus it’s expensive, clearly has long term side effects – like COQ10 deficiencies – and would significantly add cost to my already expensive private insurance premiums.”

According to Tim, this kind of biomarker tracking could be his key, not only to longevity, but to keeping healthcare costs low.

“We’re all predisposed to something,” says Tim. And now, knowing what we do about the connection between your food’s biochemistry and your own genes, it’s important to keep in mind what we may be triggering in our bodies from the foods we eat to the pills we pop.

Your Body as a Laboratory
Until now, it’s been impossible to truly measure the impact of certain vitamins and supplements. One reason may be the level of caution doctors must take when recommending supplements. Unscrupulous manufacturers and false advertising have made doctors wary of prescribing natural alternatives to FDA-approved pharmaceuticals. Now, with such an accurate tracking system, you can use your body as a laboratory, adding and subtracting as you watch your levels rise, fall, and find their sweet spot.

“At a grand scale, you can shift the cost curve for healthcare in the U.S. and measure whether the results are working or not.”

The CDC projected that, in the United States, 1 in 3 people will have type 2 diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. “Don’t check in on your levels when you’re already sick. Biomarkers like these can identify risk factors way before the disease sets in.”

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