Individuals are subject to oxidative stress every day. For the most part, it cannot be avoided due to contaminated air and smoke and by being unable to avoid exposure eg. when people are sick and spread colds and infections. If this is the issue, then how in the world can oxidative stress be reduced in the body?
That is a good question. Exposure to harmful elements arises from exogenous factors such as being around and consuming harmful substances like cigarettes, smoke, asbestos, alcohol, and illness increases the level at which oxidative stress is caused. To effectively reduce the effects of reactive oxygen species or free radicals, there must be an endogenous source used to protect the body from the damage that free radicals cause. An endogenous source such as an antioxidant, will remove damage done to cells and tissue to reduce the amount of oxidative stress on the body. This means that when the body does not have adequate amounts of antioxidants, cell damage and death results.
Vitamins such as A,C and E, and supplements containing carotenoids and ubiquinone can and should be used to inhibit the production of free radicals that occur as a part of oxidative stress.
Physicians normally do the routine three month lab tests for those who are on medication. In a world now where people do almost anything possible to look younger and to keep their bodies younger; is there a cause for concern because medical facilities or physicians do not conduct routine tests regarding oxidative stress on their patients? Maybe or maybe not. Probably because some insurance companies would consider this experimental and doctors would argue that they have a hard enough time getting patients with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease to stay healthy despite having their tests done regularly. The patients then argue that things are also difficult because they are subjected to high amounts of oxidative stress. Surely, there must be a way to incorporate this kind of testing so that patients and doctors know to what extent oxidative stress is doing in terms of measurement to the body.
Aging is a part of life. As in life there is a beginning,(born again beginning), middle(sometimes it's difficult to tell(especially if there is a crisis between born again and midlife), and of course the end. Those are called the golden years because you then begin to think about cashing and packing it in to go elsewhere and away from a planet filled with factors that cause oxidative stress. The medical world needs to do more on the aging aspect of people, as this includes the physical, psychological and emotional effects of oxidative stress. Routinely, there should be antioxidant testing for patients as this would include testing for vitamins and other important antioxidant levels in the body. If the levels are normal in range,no other testing needs to be done. If the tests are abnormal then a reflex test for oxidative DNA damage or hydroxy-deoxyguanosine(8-OHdG) should be performed to determine possible damage due to the abnormal or inadequate amounts of antioxidants in the body. The antioxidant tests and subsequent reflex test 8-OHdG should be performed especially after an illness that required hospitalization or when being treated for multiple illnesses or diseases that require many medications including those that are toxic or radiation treatment. Therefore, by knowing the amount of oxidative stress that the body is undergoing physicians and patients can try to reduce the amount of free radicals. Anyways, tests like these can prevent people from going to linoleic acid hydroperoxide-lysine(hexaonyl-lysine) otherwise known as HEL!