Stay Younger, Longer
Anti-aging medicine is about feeling great, functioning at your highest capacity and being able to participate in all the things that make life worth living. It is based on the principals and foundations of slowing the aging process, lengthening the life span and improving overall health and well-being. Through advanced scientific and medical technologies and responsible medical care, we are able to detect, prevent, treat and reverse the signs of aging and age-related dysfunctions, disorders and diseases. Whether you are experiencing fatigue, sleep loss, memory loss, mental fog, irritability, anxiety, low libido, weight gain or depression, we can help restore that youthful feeling.
The Aging Process
Aging is a complex, multifactorial process that includes cognitive, GI, cardiovascular, immune, skin and hormone dysfunction. Telomeres, the ends of DNA, similar to shoelace tips, shorten as we age and are responsible for the aging process and play a key role in the root of many diseases.
Reduced mobility is an excellent marker for aging because it is closely linked to overall metabolic rate, feeding, fat storage, brain neurotransmitters, mitochondrial function and cardiovascular and skeletal muscle systems. Loss of mobility is associated with muscle wasting, bone thinning and other changes that increase the risk of other negative outcomes such as fractures, pneumonia and infections.
In addition to the available routine blood testing, there are some companies that offer state-of-the-art testing that measures intracellular nutrients and certain particles in lipids, specific to the development of heart disease. Telomere testing is one of the most sensitive ways to actually measure your telomere length and how well or not you are aging. Hormone testing will measure your cortisol level and sex hormones which affect how you feel, how you age, your libido, and how well you sleep.
5 Key Mechanisms of Aging
While it is obvious that aging is a complex progression, studies show that the vast majority of age-related and longevity-impairing disorders can be linked back to five key basic processes: oxidative stress, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, insulin resistance and a decline in cell membrane integrity. These five mechanisms interact with one another to produce both general aging and specific conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, degenerative arthritis and many other degenerative-type diseases that limit activity, cognitive function and ultimately, lifespan. Slowing or reversing these processes could slow or reverse (delay) the major factors of aging.
When the biological system can no longer detoxify or repair the cellular damage caused by chemically reactive oxygen molecules, the toxic effects of the free radicals produce an imbalance which damages all components of the cell including proteins, lipids and DNA. Oxidative stress is thought to be involved in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple sclerosis.
Often described as silent because it cannot be felt, inflammation is caused by a number of cytokines and pro-inflammatory compounds that disrupt vascular membranes that lead to a host of diseases. Obesity and heart disease are inflammatory processes.
Mitochondria are found in all cells of the body with the exception of red blood cells, and convert the energy of food molecules into ATP, which powers the cell. They are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less energy is generated and cell injury or even cell death follows, resulting in whole systemic failure.
Caused by a dysfunction in which the body produces insulin, but does not use it effectively, insulin resistance results in a glucose build up in the blood instead of being absorbed by the cells, leading to type 2 diabetes. Reckless carbohydrate and sugar or sugar-forming food consumption exacerbates this sequence.
Cells have to effectively communicate with one another to conduct the thousands of chemical, electrical and hormonal reactions that take place to keep us healthy. Without this process, cells become damaged and disease develops.