Anti-aging gains both converts and critics

Anti-aging gains both converts and critics

The contribution of medical science to our life is not just limited to curing diseases and helping us live a disease-free life, it has also changed the way we look at diseases. Times are changing and from an age where infectious diseases like tuberculosis were considered as untreatable, we have reached a point in time where aging is considered nothing more than a disease that can be potentially cured too. There is an increasing community of number of doctors in the United States and worldwide that are researching or providing anti-aging treatment.

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What is anti-aging medicine?

Youth symbolizes good health, strong immunity, and sharp memory. While aging is a fact of life and every person is bound to go through the stages of aging (child, young adult, and elderly), anti-aging treatment aims to maintain health and vigor as one passes time. Thus, making chronological age just a number.

Anti-aging medicine is an evolving branch of medical science, which aims to treat the underlying cause of aging, which in turn results in a longer, healthy lifespan. It integrates conventional and alternative medicine such as to facilitate holistic treatment, taking in account the individual as a whole and not just a particular illness.

In order to understand how this approach works, we need to first understand aging. We know that aging is not an overnight process, it occurs gradually. Certain biological processes are said to be at the root of aging. Some of these include damage caused by free-radicals, glycation, methylation, chronic inflammation, and hormonal deregulation. All these bring about progressive failure of metabolic processes, causing irreversible damage to the vital organs.

 

How does anti-aging medicine work?

Anti-aging therapy works on four main principles:

1. Having a diet that is hormonally correct.

2. Consuming the right antioxidants and micronutrients (vitamin A, C, E, mineral  selenium, superoxide dismutase, carnosine, glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and alpha lipoic acid) in adequate quantities.

3. Performing adequate physical exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

4. Matching the body’s hormone levels to that of a 20-30 year old.

Taking care of the above points ensures the smooth functioning of the body. It helps to strengthen the immune system, which keeps diseases at bay. It prevents the progressive damage caused by natural or degenerative processes.

Thus anti-aging medicine combines a complementary approach involving hormonal supplementation and nutraceuticals along with a more natural approach involving proper diet and exercise.

According to Dr. Barry Sears, “The food you eat is probably the most powerful drug you will encounter.” He recommends that a hormonally correct meal should comprise “30% protein, 50% carbohydrates and 20% fat along with vitamins, minerals and drinking plenty of water which is filtered, mineralized and magnetized”. One should eat small meals every 4 to 5 hours.

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Dr. Alex Lief, MD Harvard Medical School said that “Exercise is the closest thing we have to an anti-aging pill.” He further states that “Not exercising has the equivalent impact on your health as smoking one and one half pack of cigarettes a day.”

The change brought about by the anti-aging movement

Before this movement, aging was only considered as a natural phenomenon, which could not be altered. It was not seen as an illness that needed treatment. With anti-aging medicine, this scenario changes. Currently, there are no extensive scientific research studies proving the authenticity of the approach of this discipline. However, the attention that this field has garnered from the society since its inception is indicating the need of a more evidence-based approach.

What do critics say about anti-aging medicine?

* Although several anti-aging medicine courses are conducted worldwide, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine or A4M is the most renowned body that offers physicians this opportunity. Nonetheless, this organization has not been formally accredited by the American Medical Association.

* Because the term anti-aging means preventing aging from occurring, some medical professionals claim it to be a misnomer. They in turn suggest terms like Age Management Medicine or Advanced Preventive Medicine.

* Some scientists point out that although oxidative stress and hormonal, vitamin, or trace elements deficiencies show deleterious effects in animal models, their therapeutic use as anti-aging elements is not justified.

* They further claim that the current anti-aging medicine approach is not based on adequate scientific research both in the diagnostic and therapeutic fields.

* This discipline and its approach have also been referred to as a marketing gimmick, which entices gullible individuals with a promise of keeping them young, both biologically and esthetically.

* The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health released a report on anti-aging therapies. They found that none of medications showed an anti-aging effect. On the other use of growth hormone (hGH) for anti-aging purposes had more risks than benefits (if any).

What converts say about anti-ageing medicine?

Dan Buettner, author of the famous book The Blue Zones, talks about things that make people thrive beyond expectations. From Okinawa in Japan to the island of Ikaria in Greece, clearly something is keeping these people younger. Something is helping them defy ageing as we know it and live long and well. As more and more research is being done on these Blue Zones clearly information is emerging about underlying life principles and habits that is keeping these populations young even in their 90s. The Blue Zones found extensive mention in the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2013 by Michael Poulain et al.

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Being religious, having a bit of alcohol, staying close to family, walking amply each day, and many such other nuggets of information are emerging in research. The world is watching in silence, awaiting more such information that they can apply to their lives to reduce the burden of disease a little more, and live a little longer, be a little happier.

I truly hope you enjoyed this article. Have questions?

If you have any questions or you would to learn more about how Functional Medicine can change your life, feel free to reach out to me at 305-400-0005 or email me directly at dradonismd@nulifeinstitute.com

Adonis Maiquez MD – Director of Functional Medicine at NuLife Institute, Miami, FL

Dr AdonisDr. Adonis Maiquez is known as Miami’s leading expert on Healthy Aging and has helped a countless number of patients to feel their best as they age. As a trained brain surgeon, Dr. Adonis now uses Functional Medicine to identify the root cause of illnesses instead of simply treating the symptoms. He believes that physical, mental, and spiritual wellness is the secret to Healthy Aging and it is his life’s mission to help people everywhere to achieve Healthy Aging. Dr. Adonis is a board-certified functional medicine doctor and is the Director of Wellness and Functional Medicine department at NuLife Institute Miami,Fl.

 

I truly hope you enjoyed this article. Have questions?

If you have any questions or you would to learn more about how Functional Medicine can change your life, feel free to reach out to me at 305-400-0005 or email me directly at dradonismd@nulifeinstitute.com

Adonis Maiquez MD – Director of Functional Medicine at NuLife Institute, Miami, FL

Dr AdonisDr. Adonis Maiquez is known as Miami’s leading expert on Healthy Aging and has helped a countless number of patients to feel their best as they age. As a trained brain surgeon, Dr. Adonis now uses Functional Medicine to identify the root cause of illnesses instead of simply treating the symptoms. He believes that physical, mental, and spiritual wellness is the secret to Healthy Aging and it is his life’s mission to help people everywhere to achieve Healthy Aging. Dr. Adonis is a board-certified functional medicine doctor and is the Director of Wellness and Functional Medicine department at NuLife Institute Miami,Fl.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26591329 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2825135/ https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/full/10.2217/ahe.10.11 http://www.jstor.org/stable/43050798?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

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