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Some people embrace aging. Others fight tooth and nail to put off the inevitable.
And then there is another group of people who are unfairly trampled by the side effects of aging no matter how hard they honestly combat it. No matter which category you fit into, anti-aging medicine can serve you well, and help you take control of your health and wellness to develop a plan for an active future and a life well-lived.
Aging Generation by Generation
The goal of anti-aging medicine is to help prevent people from suffering diseases or disorders by implementing early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related afflictions. The application of advanced scientific and medical technologies aid medical professionals focused on anti-aging medicine. Ultimately, healthcare professionals who practice anti-aging medicine apply the most appropriate anti-aging techniques to help their patients to live longer, healthier, more productive, independent lives.
While the Baby Boomer generation is expected to live longer, thanks to access to better care, innovative treatments, and constant medical research, the statistics around every generation can easily change. Take, for example, the Millennial and Gen X generations, which talk a great deal about clean eating and healthy lifestyles. Research has shown that these groups are at higher risk for colorectal cancer, perhaps due to poor diet, lack of activity, and obesity. The health of the younger generations is also in jeopardy thanks to higher usages of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, HPV, mental disorders, and more.
A study completed in connection with Portland State University found that the secrets and predictors of excellent health included:
- Absence of chronic illness
- Never smoking
- Drinking alcohol in moderation
- Managing stress levels
- Maintaining a positive outlook
- Earning an income of over $30,000
The younger generations have an opportunity to modify these factors while they are still in the throes of youth or even reaching middle age. Making such an effort, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, can add close to 25 more years to a person’s productive lifespan.
HRT/Hormone Replacement Therapy
What is HRT? Who gets HRT?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones in varying combinations to treat the common and bothersome symptoms of menopause. The point of HRT is to replace the female hormones your body no longer makes. This being said, HRT is also available for men. It is natural for a man’s testosterone to decrease with aging. Therefore, HRT would not replace anything missing hormones like it does for women. However, men with unnaturally low testosterone levels might benefit from HRT.
Is HRT safe?
HRT has been less popular in recent years due in part to a clinical trial that found HRT posed more health risks than benefits. The piece of information that is often omitted from this news, however, is that the cautions applied to just one type of hormone therapy and one particular demographic – older postmenopausal women.
The negative results of one hormone treatment for a certain age group, however, does not mean this type of treatment will have the same effect on all people. A comprehensive look at a person’s risk factors and current state of health are the elements that should legitimately contribute to an anti-aging medical professional’s decision of whether or not to prescribe HRT. For some people, HRT is the right move at the right time.
How do you know HRT is right for you?
Your entire medical past and current medical history will be carefully reviewed to determine if HRT is the appropriate treatment for your needs. You will learn about the benefits and risks so you can have a say in your treatment decisions. But know that if your anti-aging doctor recommends HRT, he or she has evidential and scientific proof that HRT will be incredibly beneficial to improving your life and extending your lifespan.
The objective will be to find the best product for your needs, best delivery method (whether through a cream, patch, ring, or otherwise), lowest effective dosage, all while making healthy lifestyle choices about diet and exercise, avoiding any vices, and managing chronic health conditions and keeping up with follow-up care with your anti-aging doctor. As an alternative to typical HRT, natural hormone supplements like coconut oil and magnesium are sometimes prescribed as a non-medicinal way to support the endocrine system and encourage natural hormone production. This path of treatment may be right for some patients.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is typically delivered in the form of hormone pellets. Inserted just under the skin, these pellets slowly release natural forms of hormones into the body. The procedure takes only a few minutes to complete and aims to balance hormones by lasting three to four months.
Pellet therapy is considered a more natural options of HRT, plus it is incredibly convenient. But the benefits are many, most notably the slow release of hormones that allows the body to adjust to the influx of hormones. Just like all anti-aging medical interventions, pellet therapy is customized for each patient.
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is a United States non-profit organization with a global reach and over 26,000 members. The focus of A4M is to advance technology to improve the detection, prevention, and treatment of aging-related diseases and to optimize the human aging process. The A4M also educates its audience of physicians, scientists, and the general public on matters regarding breaking technologies, anti-aging issues, and biomedical sciences.
The Anti-Aging Medicine Healthcare Model
The work to prolong a healthy lifespan in humans is defined by A4M as a three-part science- and research-based effort:
The anti-aging diagnostic and treatment practices are supported by scientific evidence.
Data is acquired in an orderly process to form scientific and objective assessments upon which effective treatment is assigned.
Well-documented by peer-reviewed journals:
A great resource is the National Library of Medicine, which holds over 3,000 peer-reviewed articles on anti-aging medicine.
You’re Only as Old as You Feel: Choose Anti-Aging Medicine
Ultimately, anti-aging medicine is about utilizing the findings of science and research to support the belief that interventions in diet, exercise, and nutrition habits can significantly impact the functioning and lifespan of the aging population. Learn more about anti-aging medicine and the treatments available to you from Dr. James Lewerenz and his staff at Longevity Health Institute. Contact us at the Longevity Health Institute in Rochester Hills, MI, to schedule your appointment today.