From the Blog…
Seek wellness BEFORE, not AFTER, disease arrives. It’s not the years; it’s the miles. Regular and appropriate maintenance and prevention are essential to assure that your golden years are truly golden.
Label a product as anti-aging, and chances are it will go flying off the shelf. Our aging population is seeking ways to hang onto our mental, physical and emotional health. The relatively new specialty of Anti-Aging Medicine was born out of this desire. It may also be known as and is synonymous with Age Management, Healthy Aging or Longevity Medicine.
Anti-Aging is defined as a medical specialty that applies scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders and diseases. The goal of Anti-Aging Medicine is to prolong the healthy human lifespan (with an emphasis on healthy). The goal is to add life to your years, not simply to add years to your life.
I will say that many physician converts to Anti-Aging Medicine arrive there through a pathway that includes dealing with their own health issues and finding their chosen profession falls short.
Anti-Aging Medicine comes primarily from a functional medicine approach, looking for the root causes of disease in the body and seeking to assist in the body’s ability to heal. Since aging is associated with increased disease, it is thought that aging can be altered by various methods to slow or interrupt the aging process.
Since all our hormones decline with age, bio identical hormone therapy is an integral part of Anti-Aging Medicine. Looking at metabolic function and the state of our DNA and its ability to repair itself are part of an anti-aging evaluation. An emphasis is placed on nutrition, exercise and biomarkers to assess aging. Many tools exist, and others are being developed to measure your “biological age” versus your chronological age. While many doctors also offer botox, lasers, dermal fillers and other options to improve and maintain a youthful appearance, anti-aging is not synonymous with cosmetic procedures, and not all practices offer this service. Research is underway in regenerative techniques like stem cell therapies, gene therapies and organ replacement. Anti-Aging Medicine is an area of intense, ongoing research looking for techniques and therapies to promote health and slow aging.
What can I do now?
Many things have been found to possibly reduce the incidence of chronic disease. In one study, not smoking, healthy weight, healthy diet and exercise slashed the incidence of chronic disease by a startling 80%!
New testing to determine your biological vs. your chronological age is becoming available but is not yet mainstream. Tests to measure the length of your telomeres as a new biological marker for how well one is aging are now available. There is a lot of interest, but nothing to bet the farm on for this therapy yet. So far the largest benefit is probably to those who are marketing and selling the product.
People who exercise regularly and/or meditate were shown, on average, to have telomere lengths comparable to persons 10 years younger than their sedentary and non-meditating counterparts.
If you really want to change your health and slow the aging process, please call for an appointment so that we may develop a customized protocol to address your needs and desires.