GlycoCheck™

Just how healthy is your microvascular system?

 Sometimes, the most innovative medical solutions arise from the drive to solve a personal health crisis.

The origin of GlycoCheck™ can be traced to one mans’ quest to define the root cause of his repeated chest pain & tightness that doctors seemed unable to diagnose.

A Type II diabetic, Robert Long, now the co-founder and CEO of Microvascular Health Solutions, researched his symptoms extensively, desperate to stop the downward health spiral that was blighting his life.

This eventually led him to the work of Dr. Hans Vink, whose research specialization focused on the study of glycocalyx (the gel-like lining that protects blood vessels), and to Dr. Vink’s associated innovation; an innovative glycocalyx testing device.

The device, named GlycoCheck, tested glycocalyx functionality & the overall health of the microvascular system, offering a powerful early indicator of a wide range of microvascular dysfunction.

Long recognized that glycocalyx lay at the root of his chest pains for which he was successfully treated.

The two men subsequently united to patent the revolutionary GlycoCheck™ technology and to deliver the technology as part of Microvascular Health Solutions – a technology that we at the Doctors Studio are now proud to offer to all of our patients.

Why Test Microvascular Health?

We now know that compromised microvascular health can place a patient at a far greater risk of cardiovascular disease, &/or that microvascular dysfunction can offer a vital early indicator of a whole range of potentially serious diseases & conditions (such as cancer or rheumatoid arthritis). GlycoCheck™ offers us a vital means of tracking anomalies in your microvascular health, potentially identifying issues before they have had a chance to progress & cause serious physiological damage. GlycoCheck™ also offers a vital window into the monitoring of treatments & therapies designed to repair and restore glycocalyx functioning.

Is It A Good Choice for Me?

Maybe you are completely healthy. You might feel healthy right now, right? So why worry?

The truth is that our microvascular and capillary system might be slowly breaking down, diminishing the healthy flow of blood & vital nutrients to our vital organs, but we might remain unaware of it for a very long time – that is, until we start to suffer pain and discomfort. As is the case with most diseases & dysfunction, the earlier we detect problems, the better the outcome for the patient, but usually we don’t notice dysfunction until the physical signs have become bad enough to cause us pain and motivate us to make a doctor’s appointment. And by then, of course, some physical damage has already been done.

GlycoCheck™ allows us to screen for vital microvascular dysfunction early warning signs in the smallest blood vessels of our bodies, offering a reliable, clinically tested technology that acts as an excellent early warning system in the diagnosis of a range of conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Dementia
  • Septic shock
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cancer metastasis
  • Stroke
  • COVID 19

Subsequently, if you currently suffer from any of the conditions above, have a family history of any of them, &/or suspect that you might be suffering from any of these conditions or dysfunctions, GlycoCheck™ might be particularly of benefit to you. Furthermore, microvascular dysfunction can be characterised by a range of symptoms (below), so if you are regularly experiencing any of the following, then booking a GlycoCheck™ could be the most sensible choice and wisest investment you’ve made for your health in a long time:

 

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Leg cramps
  • Skin problems
  • Hair thinning
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of focus
  • Memory loss
  • Certain eye problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Severe PMS
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Slow wound healing

Why Measuring Your Microvascular Health Matters

With GlycoCheck™ we can easily measure your microvascular density, recruitment, dynamic flow, and glycocalyx thickness to provide the data necessary for the calculation of a MicroVascular Health Score™. Why is this data so crucial? Because the complex interaction of these factors can play a huge role in the pathogenesis of a wide range of serious diseases, all of which depend on early diagnosis for the best possible patient outcomes. Your MicroVascular Health Score™ remains a vital weapon in the fight for health, as multitudinous studies make clear the fact that an impaired microvascular functioning plays a central role in a wide range of debilitative & degenerative diseases, & that identifying this dysfunction as early as possible makes these conditions far more treatable. These conditions include:

Microvascular disease

Diabetes: 

Diabetes is caused by a high blood glucose level. A healthy microvascular system is important for the transport of glucose from the blood to organs, but high blood glucose damages our microvascular system, leading to complications as severe as blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke. GlycoCheck™ can identify the risk of the onset of these symptoms at the earliest possible stage.

Heart Disease:

Heart disease is characterized by the loss of pump function of the heart. Loss of microvascular density causes a heart attack, whilst an insufficient number of capillaries per heart muscle fiber impairs heart pump function, causing heart failure. GlycoCheck™ subsequently offers a vital window into cardiovascular health by measuring the potential loss of capillary vessels & the overall functionality of the microvascular system.

Stroke:

A stroke is caused by a blood clot in the artery that supplies the brain, causing brain damage. Damage to the vascular walls causes blood clots, whilst microvascular damage causes white matter lesions. GlycoCheck™ can shine a light on the extent of microvascular damage, offering valuable indicators of a heightened risk of stroke due to impaired microvascular function.

Septic Shock:

Septic shock is caused by a dangerous drop in blood pressure following infection. This can lead to critically impaired organ blood flow, resulting in acute kidney failure, reduced lung function, heart attack, stroke, and brain damage, leaky blood vessels, damaged vascular walls and increased blood clotting and inflammation. GlycoCheck™ can indicate the presence of these microvascular dysfunctions, offering an early indicator or increased risk of septic shock conditions.

Hypertension:

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is raised, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease & dysfunction (heart attack, kidney failure, stroke) and a loss of microvascular density. GlycoCheck™ offers a vital insight into the health of the cardiovascular system by measuring vital microvascular indicators.

Kidney Disease:

Kidney disease is characterized by the impaired production of urine, causing increased blood volume and hypertension. Damage of microvessels causes leakage of blood proteins into the urinary space, damaging renal filtration units and causing kidney failure. GlycoCheck™ can offer insight into the nature and extent of this leakage.

Inflammatory Disorders:

Degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, a range of allergies, glomerulonephritis, numerous autoimmune diseases, scleroderma, and atherosclerosis all involve an attack on the microvascular system by inflammatory cells, an attack that results in an observable loss of capillaries, alongside increased capillary permeability and tissue edema. GlycoCheck™ can offer extremely valuable insight into capillary loss, capillary damage, organ starvation & diminishing cell quality.

Compromised Immunity:

Compromised immunity caused by viral and bacterial infections can cause an attack on the microvascular system by inflammatory cells, leading to a loss of capillaries, increased capillary permeability, and tissue edema. GlycoCheck™ can offer valuable measurements of the extent of the damage.

Cancer Metastasis:

Cancer metastasis involves the uncontrolled growth of tumors, where leaky microvessels allow tumor cells to enter the vascular system, subsequently redistributing them to different parts of our body. This is a major pathological cause of tumor metastasis (the growth of secondary tumors). GlycoCheck™ offers one vital weapon in the fight against cancer, where all modes of early diagnosis remain crucial in optimizing patient outcomes.

What Can I Expect from a GlycoCheck™ Test?

GlycoCheck™ offers a revolution in the monitoring of microvascular health. A small, microscopic video camera is placed under the tongue, enabling real-time glycocalyx measurement & monitoring for that individual patient. The video camera allows us to detect erythrocytes within blood vessels, which are then analyzed to provide an overall Microvascular Health Score. This Health Score utilizes capillary blood volume measurements, recruitment capacity, and perfused boundary region (PBR) scores to provide a sensitive, accurate overview of impaired capacity & loss of capillary vessels. A high PBR score signals damage to the glycocalyx, which indicates the potential presence of more serious pathologies & conditions that might require further investigation & treatment.

The test is completely non-invasive, painless, can be offered in-office & provides rapid analysis of results. It has been used extensively to monitor microvascular health across specialty medical practices, functional medicine, chiropractic, naturopathic, holistic, and integrated medicine practices, with excellent results.

Is GlycoCheck™ Backed by Science?

Yes. GlycoCheck™ is used by numerous researchers in hospitals and universities across Africa, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States, in the context of the research of the following diseases:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Early Cognitive Impairment
  • Epilepsy
  • Syndrome X (a cardiac microvascular dysfunction or constriction that causes angina)
  • Kidney failure / Hemodialysis
  • Pre-eclampsia / HELLP (a complication of pregnancy characterized by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and a low platelet count)
  • Sepsis / Septic Shock
  • Pre-Eclampsia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart failure
  • Premature Atherosclerosis
  • Malaria / Dengue Fever
  • Obesity
  • ESRD Proteinuria (increased levels of protein in the urine, which can be a sign of kidney damage)
  • Inflammation

Treatment Benefits 

  • Early detection of microvascular damage & dysfunction leading to optimized patient outcomes.
  • Quantify Microvascular Health with a dynamic, easy-to-communicate score (MVHS).
  • Monitor the repair of the microvascular system in the management of existing diseases & dysfunctions.
  • Establish an effective microvascular repair protocol and monitor progress.
  • Evaluate root cause of diseases involving microvascular function.

Healthy on the Inside…?

You may look—and even feel—healthy on the outside, but a pleasing outward aesthetic offers no guarantee of internal health & wellness. Your microvascular system exerts a tremendous effect on health, vitality, mortality & quality of life, where an inability to deliver the nutrients needed to our vital organs (leading to organ starvation) can lie at the root of the inception of a vast number of physiological and even neurological diseases & dysfunctions.

When microvascular capillaries begin to lose their function, vital organs cannot receive the nutrients needed to be healthy & a silent spiral of health decline begins. It might be years before you truly recognise the progress of disease by which point the body will have sustained significant damage. GlycoCheck™ offers a vital early warning system so that damage can be prevented.

Overall, the benefits of GlycoCheck™ are impressive, rapid to obtain, painless, non-invasive & backed by science. Join doctors & medical practitioners around the world today in utilizing GlycoCheck to safeguard your health & monitor adaptations in microvascular health. At the Doctors Studio, we are ready to book you in for a dynamic, comprehensive in-office assessment of your microvascular health, setting you on the path to optimized health & wellness.

You can not fix a problem you don’t understand. Advanced diagnostics is often necessary to get at the root cause. Once the root cause is identified, the solution becomes possible.

Dr. Lisbeth Roy, D.O.

Founder of Doctors Studio

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