Anti-Aging and Longevity Treatments
Remember when you were in college and stayed up all night drinking beer, eating pizza, and partying; yet you still were able to attend class in the morning?
How many of you could do that now?
What is the big difference between youth and age? To a large degree, it is defined by hormonal balance and receptor site sensitivity. Hormones are chemical messengers; receptors to these hormones reside on the surface of cells and are the recipients of these chemical messages. Aging is in part due to a process of metabolic miscommunication in which the endocrinological messages from our master regulator glands, for one reason or another, don't reach their recipients - the organs and cells of our body. When hormones are restored to their youthful levels, balance is reinstated and receptor site sensitivity is improved.
The largest single ongoing experiment in anti-aging is estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). When it was first used 40 years ago, it was for the relief of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. But four decades of treatment has shown that it reduces death from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 50%. For women, Estrogen prevents osteoporosis, lowers the risk of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and diabetes, smoothes and firms the skin, sharpens memory and lifts the spirit. But the benefits do not stop there. We now know that by enhancing the quality of life, we can increase the quantity of life as well. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates an increased life span of 0.3 to 2.3 years for the beneficiaries of ERT. Get Additional Information on Aging & Longevity Here
What is Anti-Aging Medicine?
If you have had your cholesterol tested, taken a lipid-lowering drug, had a mammogram, or taken HRT with thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, melatonin, or DHEA, you have experienced anti-aging medicine. This form of medicine is based on the very early detection, prevention, and reversal of age-related disease. 90% of all adult illness is due to the degenerative processes of aging. This includes heart disease, most cancers, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's. With early detection and appropriate intervention, most of these diseases can be prevented, cured, or have their downward course reversed.
Anti-aging medicine is the newest clinical medical specialty, the "optimum" of wellness and longevity, and employs extensive therapies and treatment in the preventative health care field far beyond just cholesterol testing and mammograms. A profound paradigm shift in the way the medical establishment views aging and age-related disease is now underway. Our nation's health care system demands a radically different approach to how we view and medically treat aging. The demographics of aging necessitate we change from the current disease-based model of medicine, to a more preventative one, otherwise the U.S. will go bankrupt under the weight of the 76 million strong baby boomer generation as they reach retirement age in 2011, and develop the chronic, degenerative diseases of aging!
Physicians practicing anti-aging medicine seek to enhance the quality of life as well as its quantity, limiting the period of illness and disability toward the end of one's life. Anti-aging medicine encompasses life style changes (diet and exercise); hormone replacement therapies as needed -- determined by a physician through blood testing (DHEA, melatonin, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone); antioxidants and vitamin supplements; and testing protocols which can measure not only hormone levels and blood chemistry, but every metabolic factor in your body right down to the cellular level. Many of the dreaded diseases of today, such as Alzheimer's and osteoporosis, are preventable and treatable, even reversible, with proper modification of life styles, nutrition and medication.
Anti-aging medicine will forever change the way society views going to the doctor's office.Instead of waiting until a person is sick or exhibiting some type of symptoms, a person will visit the doctor, perhaps two times per year, to monitor potential illnesses or conditions -- before they occur. The advances made in modern medicine in beating the leading causes of death today (cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes) have been achieved via early detection and prevention techniques, rather than through disease-based treatments.
Exercise -- A Powerful Anti-Aging Prescription
A study by Ralph Paffenbarger and his colleagues involving 17,000 Harvard alumni found that men who burned 500 to 1,000 calories a week on physical activity (the equivalent of walking 5 to 10 miles) had a 22% lower risk of death for all causes, while those who expended 2,500 calories a week also added 1 to 2 years to their extended life span. People who are physically fit, eat a healthy, balanced diet and take nutritional supplements can slice 10 to 20 years off their biological age -- the true age that your body should be measured, in terms of function, rather than your chronological age as measured by the candles on your birthday cake.
Diet for Life
The biggest health problem facing Americans today is obesity. More than half of us are over our ideal weight and more than one-third are obese enough to significantly raise the risk of disease and premature death. Nutrition is one of the greatest weapons against disease. Keeping fats below 30% and cholesterol intake below 200 mg will markedly cut your risk of heart disease. Eating five servings a day of fruit and vegetables lowers your chances of getting cancer. And a recent study found that eating nine to ten daily servings of fruit and vegetables along with three servings low-fat dairy products is as effective as medication in lowering high blood pressure, and can help reduce or eliminate your chances of stroke.
Antioxidants Reduce Cellular Disease
Free radicals are highly reactive bits of molecules formed during the process of converting oxygen and food into energy. Like tiny exploding grenades, they can damage cells and the DNA. Thousands of studies support the idea that free radical damage contributes to age-related illnesses like cancer, heart disease and the aging process itself. Antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, E, and selenium) protect the cells by neutralizing the free radicals and may help prevent disease. Supplements of antioxidants can have a profound effect on risk of disease.For instance, a study at UCLA School of Public Health found that men who took 300 mg of vitamin C daily had a 45% lower risk of heart attack compared with men who took less than the U.S. Government Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Vitamin E also lowered heart attack risk by 41% in a large-scale Harvard study, while other studies showed that supplements of dietary fiber, and vitamins E and C probably do significantly reduce the risk of cancer.
Stimulating Hormones Naturally
Two-thirds of the older population can stimulate their own hormone levels naturally through a program that combines nutrient supplements, exercise, and diet. Commonly available nutrient supplements have been shown in scientific studies to release Hormones. Moderate to intensive aerobic exercise, such as riding a stationary bike or running, can raise Hormone levels one and a half to two and half times higher. High intensity weight training can increase levels three to four-fold. You can also maximize the effect of exercise by losing weight if you are over your ideal body weight (obesity inhibits HGH release), following a diet that is low in fat, high in healthy proteins, and avoiding sugary, starchy foods -- insulin stimulating foods.
Steps you can take to enhance longevity:
- Optimize your antioxidant protection by eating 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day and supplement with a high quality, high potency multivitamin/ antioxidant nutraceuticals.
- For maximum longevity, limit fats to 30% or less.
- Exercise at least 15 minutes daily to maintain the minimum yet significant longevity benefit to over all health. With exercise, more is usually better: try for one hour a day, five days a week (check with your physician first).
- Look young, think young, and be young. "As a man thinketh, so shall ye be." True words - the mind-body connection is a powerful force in medicine, healing and longevity. Looking good will help you in feeling good.
- Early detection and prevention is the cornerstone to longevity. Most cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and all heart disease is curable if caught at Stage I (the earliest possible detection stage of disease
- Don't accept "You are just getting old" as an excuse for not feeling youthful and energetic. Fatigue, depression, slowed thought; truncal obesity, weakness, aches and pains are all treatable and reversible signs of aging that should alert you to a need for anti-aging medical intervention.
- If you are over the age of 45, have your hormone levels checked by a physician at least once a year.
- Maintain sexual performance and refuse to accept diminished function - this ability is an absolute indication of health and longevity.
Hyperbaric Therapy and Longevity
Hyperbaric Therapy, (HBOT) at our center can Help Improve Athletic Performance. Get Additional Information on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Here
Athletic performance is highly dependent on the physical condition of the athletes’. The Hyperbaric chamber allows the athlete to recover more quickly and improves general health, which leads to greater physical performance.
In a study involving soccer players in Scotland, the time it takes to recover from joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, and other types of injuries was reduced by 70% when the players were treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in addition to physiotherapy. The Hyperbaric chamber also speeds recovery from workouts by infusing oxygen into the body’s tissues. This allows the athlete to perform better because he/she is fully recovered from the previous workout. Hyperbaric Impact on Sports Injuries The risk of injuries is a potential hazard for all sports and can occur in even the most novice athletes. More and more athletes are taking control of their recovery and coming back stronger than ever using hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
A hyperbaric oxygen chamber creates an environment of increased pressure, which forces greater amounts of oxygen into the body. This higher concentration of oxygen reaches the blood supply, organs, injured muscle and bone tissue, damaged tendons and joints, supporting the body’s natural healing process at a much faster rate. In effect, recovery times are reduced, performance is improved, and endurance is enhanced.
In fact, the effectiveness of hyperbaric therapy has been well documented. Consequently, professional NBA, NHL, and NFL teams (including the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys) currently utilize hyperbaric chambers for player therapy
Other Longevity strategies:
To prolong living a healthy life you can positively affect these measurements:
- Muscle mass and strength
- Body Fat Percentage
- Aerobic Capacity
- Blood Sugar
- Cholesterol / HDL Ratio
- Blood Pressure
- Bone Density
ANTI AGING THERAPIES
- Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Other Nutrients
- Miscellaneous Modalities
- Intravenous Vitamin / Mineral Infusions
- Chelation Therapy / Detoxification therapies
- The Mind-Body Connection Brain Longevity Techniques
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Anti-Aging Nutrients are available from our office by calling 212-794-8800 and include:
All necessary vitamins and minerals
- Acetyl-L Carnitine
- Co-enzyme Q IO
- Lipoic Acid
Hormones (By prescription only)
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