ANTI-AGING MEDICINE- 2023 and BEYOND
In contrast to the traditional medical approach of treating illness, Anti-Aging Medicine attempts to improve your health, and prolong the period of time between having robust health and the appearance of the decline that occurs with aging. Also, with the application of Anti-Aging Medicine treatments some disease processes can be at least partially reversed.
MAINTAINING YOUTHFUL VITALITY THROUGH HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
As adults get past their mid forties and beyond, their levels of vital hormones start dropping. The most common use of hormone replacement therapy is for women undergoing menopause, which is characterized by sensations of warmth and hot flashes and loss of libido. But there are many other symptoms which occur as a result of diminishing hormone levels that can be successfully treated.
The effects of hormone levels dropping is seen in both sexes, and the following list of symptoms happens to both men and women:
Thinning hair Loss of Libido, Body Aches & Pains, Fatigue,
Decreased Stamina Weakness Forgetfulness,
Sleep Disturbance, Thinning skin Bone Loss
A proper initial blood tests evaluation when going to an anti-aging medical practice, will include the measurement of hormones which are not generally measured when patients see their primary physician for their yearly physical.
These include Testosterone, Growth hormone, the Estrogens, Progesterone, DHEA-S and Cortisol.
After such an evaluation an anti-aging physician prescribes the appropriate treatment on an individualized basis to either improve the variety of symptoms listed above or perhaps prevent their occurrence from happening.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) for HAIR RESTORATION, and to PRESERVE YOUR JOINTS !
Instead of seeing hair loss and generalized arthritic pains as a natural part of aging, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can very successfully treat these problems.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) utilizes the natural healing proteins that are present in your body and your blood. The PRP is produced for a simple procedure starting with taking a person’s blood. A blood sample is taken, and the blood is then put into a centrifuge which separates the platelets from the red blood cells. One of the platelet cells’ natural functions is to help the healing process in the body through its release of biologically active substances into areas of dysfunction. After it is collected, the PRP is then injected back into the body, delivered to the area of the body that needs treatment. PRP treatments are done via a simple in office procedure that can be performed and completed in less than an hour.
Hair Restoration Using PRP
Injection of Platalet Rich Plasma into the scalp stimulates the hair follicles and rejuvenates them. This treatment is done over three visits spread out over 10 weeks. Other healing peptides such as GHK-Cu, Zinc-Thymulin can be applied as a nightly shampoo to enhance the PRP’s effectiveness. A fuller head of hair will be the result. Touch up PRP hair restoration treatments can be done in the future to maintain the full result.
Arthritis and joint injuries.
The most utilized and well known application for PRP treatments has been for joint pain- arthritis, and ligament tears– as is used in the field of Sports Medicine to heal injuries. This has resulted in significant attention from the media because of its use by the team doctors for professional athletes in all of the major league sports
The IMPORTANCE OF GOOD RESTORATIVE SLEEP
Poor sleep promotes aging and general development of disease, whereas good sleep is preventative. Poor sleep has been tied to cognitive decline as well as increased cardiovascular problems. And day to do day functioning is impaired in those who are sleep deprived
THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
Exercise improves immune system functioning
Exercise keeps muscle tone and strength from declining
Exercise may slow the onset of cognitive decline
Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness
PEPTIDES AND STEM CELL THERAPY- REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
A number of peptides have an anti-aging effects from a variety of perspectives
Cardiovascular fitness with sermorelin, CJC/Ipamorelin, Thymosin beta
Arthritis relief-and anti inflammatory effects-BPC-157
Cosmetic effects- skin health and retarding of wrinkling with GHK-Cu creams.
Immune system improvement with thymosin alpha-1
STEM CELL THERAPY
These treatments are still considered experimental and thus not covered by Medicare or insurance. However, stem cells are being studied worldwide for their effectiveness in treating a variety of medical conditions including the following:
Osteoarthritis / Orthopedic Conditions
Rheumatoid Arthritis/Autoimmune Disease
Heart Disease Type II Diabetes COPD
Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis
General Anti-Aging Effects
As more study is being done to try and help people avoid the devastating consequences of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, the scientific validation for dietary and other Natural Medicine approaches is appearing in studies. There are some basic recommendations that studies show may slow the onset and progression of dementia.
Here are some fundamental lifestyle principles from the most current research.
- Get seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
- Exercise for at least one half hour four times per week.
- Keep the mind active- reading-hobbies-puzzles- music appreciation-playing chess- whatever is mentally stimulating
- Social activities. Studies have shown that social isolation seems to promote dementia and having interaction with others helps the brain stay younger, longer
- Practice stress reduction methods on a daily basis.
- Optimized supplementation. Some of the most beneficial nutrients studied are :
Methylcobalamin, methylated folate, Fish oil, Vitamin D , curcumin, phosphatidylcholine, resveratrol, lipoic acid. acetyl L- carnitine, bacopa, vinpocetin and green tea.
Ideally one should be tested for nutrient levels, another type of test done in anti-aging medical offices, not done by most medical offices.
Rather than waiting for a disease to become manifest and then dealing with it by symptom relief, it is possible to be proactive and stay younger, healthier and prevent disease before it happens. The Anti-Aging Medicine Doctor’s goal is to promote a healthier, more vital longevity.