Slow Down the Clock and Embrace Vitality: Anti-Aging Medicine
Why are more and more women becoming interested in Anti-Aging Medicine? Women today are more in tune with their health and well being. We not only wish to merely prolong our lives, but we want to ensure that those years are enjoyed in a productive and vital fashion. This is the goal of Anti-Aging medicine. This form of medicine is based on the very early detection, prevention, and reversal of age-related diseases.
If you have had your cholesterol tested, taken a lipid-lowering drug, had a mammogram, or taken HRT with thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, melatonin, or DHEA, you have experienced anti-aging medicine.
You can take every pill and rue your parents for passing on their genes, but if you want to live long and healthy there are at least three things you must do:
- eat right
- be nutritionally and hormonally balanced
While there are no guarantees in life, adopting these healthy pursuits can enhance your chances of vitality as you reach your 60s, 70s, 80s — and beyond, experts say.
You may ask … how do I begin?
Let’s begin with diet and nutrition … we all need to eat a well-balanced, nutritionally sound diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Many people work hard at eating well, but may still have some vitamin, mineral or antioxidant deficiencies that will affect the function of their immune system.
Research at the University of Texas showed that 50% of people eating well and taking vitamin supplements were still deficient.
A new state of the art test by Spectracell Labs measures intracellular levels of vitamins, minerals and other essential micronutrients. This test reveals a person’s functional nutritional status over a much longer time than conventional serum testing. A program can then be catered by your physician to focus in on your nutritional deficiencies and a tailor-made vitamin and supplement plan can be created to address your specific needs. Identifying and correcting your specific micronutrient deficiencies will help promote optimal function of your body and help prevent the development or progression of chronic disease.
Hormonal balance is equally as important. There could be deficiencies in a woman’s thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or DHEA levels. All these hormones are crucial for healthy living and should be measured. Let’s take Thyroid as an example. The Thyroid Foundation of America (TFA) estimates that there are 14 million people in the U.S. with an underactive thyroid, about 70 percent of them women, and about half of whom don’t even know they have a problem. Recently, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) decided to raise its standards for “normal” levels of thyroid hormones, potentially making millions of additional women candidates for hypothyroidism treatment.
There are two types of hormone supplements that could be utilized … synthetic and bio-identical. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine suggests using bio-identical hormone replacement. This is based on the idea of replenishing your bodies with hormones that are biologically identical to what your body has lost, thus minimizing potential side effects while increasing benefit. Speak to your Ob/Gyn about measuring and replacing hormones to achieve a balance that is right for you.
Exercise and weight control is another key contributor to longer, healthier life. Overweight Americans are sicker late in life than normal-weight people and die prematurely, a new study shows. Researchers at Columbia University in New York found that overweight and obese women spend an average of three more years in ill health than normal-weight women. Heavy people are more likely to suffer from pain, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses.
Today, Americans spend more on health care than anyone else in the world. And yet, we aren’t much healthier as a people. The take-home lesson: it’s never too late to start eating well, balancing our hormones and nutrition, and exercising, but getting a jump start while you’re still agile is best.
With all that long and vital lives can offer us both personally and as a society, anti-aging medicine has accelerated the pace of advancements in health promotion and prevention, and is the most important new model for health care for this new millennium. By implementing a proactive health program embracing elements of anti-aging preventive medical care for yourself, you increase your ability to live a long and robust lifespan in which you will spend quality and abundant time with your family and its future generations.