Age Spots / Liver Spots

What Causes Age Spots?

Age spots can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose age spots, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "age spots" as a symptom.  For example, DMAE need.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
depression with some fatigue
inability to recover from alcoholism
depression with anxiety
forgetting dreams
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of age spots.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Symptoms Of Aging section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about age spots / liver spots:
Do you have 'age spots' on your skin? Also known as 'liver spots', these are flat brown areas of skin, similar to freckles but larger.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ One or two
→ Fewer than 10
→ 10 or more, but no increase during recent years
→ 10 or more and increasing
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate age spots, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as DMAE Requirement.
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