What is Anti-Aging Medicine?
Posted On May 04, 2011
Anti-aging medicine is a clinical specialty based on the application of advanced scientific technologies and medical therapies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related disorders and diseases. In other words, it is advanced preventative medicine based on scientific research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. In practical terms it is a healthcare model promoting the highest level of physical and mental fitness and performance, based on principles of sound and responsible preventive medical care in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep and stress mitigation, combined with detoxification and the replacement of essential vitamins, nutrients and hormones.
Much of the age-accelerating damage that we experience as humans can be dealt with by changes in our lifestyles, especially in the four fundamental areas of diet, exercise, sleep and stress mitigation. Good food, regular exercise, sufficient restful sleep and freedom from persistent, chronic stress are all fundamental.
Another huge contributor to rapid aging is a toxic environment, which includes the air we breathe, the water we drink and the other environmental pollutants, including electromagnetic frequencies. How to protect yourself from these is important, especially since toxins are silent killers that do their damage over decades.
Anti-Aging: Hormone Replacement
As we age, the panoply of hormones that flood our biological systems when we are young dissipates. There are some exceptions—hormones that increase as we age, with negative effects—but most are essential to our youthful levels of energy, physical and mental. Under proper medical care, these hormones are replaced and properly balanced.
Anti-Aging: Stem Cells
One of the great medical breakthroughs of modern medicine is the use of adult stem cells, derived most easily from fat. These cells take on the characteristics of tissue they are introduced to, and therefore begin to repair the tissue by replacing damaged cells. Recent breakthroughs include repair to skin, muscle and cartilage, with nerve tissue next.
There is no greater fear for baby boomers than the fear of becoming demented. Indeed, much of aging has to do with the brain, and with our basic abilities to process data, reason and remember. The loss of brain vitality is key to the aging process, and the ability to reverse this through restoring neurotransmitters is the final leg of anti-aging.