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What is Anti-Aging Medicine?

It is New Year’s resolutions time. If you haven’t started your resolution yet or even if you have started and already have stopped them there is still plenty of time to change your game plan.

Little steps in the right direction make a huge difference, especially when it comes to your health.

Instead of a strict goal of ‘I am going to loose 20lbs’ or ‘I will put my cell phone away in the evenings,’ focus on why you made a particular resolution to begin with. It’s about the end game. For example, your new resolutions could be to ‘optimize your health’ and ‘be more engaged with the people in your life’. Therefore your goal stays steady. Little steps in the right direction make a huge difference, especially when it comes to your health.

Reports show that the average baby boomer is not ready to stop living and they feel they have better things to do than getting old. They feel that age is a number, that it’s irrelevant. Rather than suffer many of the effects of getting older they are trying to slow down and prevent many age related conditions. For example, my father who is a 72 year old retired cowboy that not even 4 weeks ago had leg surgery, called today to see if I thought it was a good idea for him to purchase a bicycle for exercise. Let me say I have never seen him on a bike in my life… a horse, truck and tractor, yes. Bicycle? No. But he still desires to be active and fit and keep up with his kids and grandkids! And why not? Nothing is wrong with that, staying physically active is the absolute best thing he could do for his mental health.

My Dad is 1974 with his Gibson
My Dad in 2019- still a cool cat!

This is where anti-aging medicine comes in. Anti-aging medicine is a clinical specialty that extends the concept of preventative health care to embrace the reversal of aging-related diseases.  Traditional medicine focuses on treating the effects of the aging process and treats external symptoms which have internal causes, where anti-aging medicine focuses on treating or preventing the causes of aging and works to change the process of aging itself.  It’s scientific, evidence-based medicine that is well documented by peer-reviewed journals.

Optimize every avenue you can, so you look and feel your best, at any age.

The way I describe what I do with anti-aging is simple, it’s just slowing down or reversing the symptoms of aging. For example, if aging is less energy, declining memory, loss of sex drive, weaker muscles, increasing body fat, declining hormones, increasing wrinkles and hair loss, etc.,  then anti-aging medicine would mean to replenish hormones, improve memory,  improve sex drive, reverse hair loss, improve skin texture and volume, etc. Optimize every avenue you can, so you look and feel your best, at any age. One of the first steps is correcting unhealthy lifestyles that leads to many of the conditions associated with aging. Having a healthy diet, consistent exercise routine and stress reduction techniques are important topics to be discussed but without question, optimizing hormone levels is the number one thing we do to improve the symptoms associated with aging.  

All the beneficial hormones (testosterone, human growth hormone, progesterone, estradiol, DHEA, thyroid) will decline steadily as we age. I consider anything that slows or reverses the symptoms of aging to be anti-aging. For example, Botox injections reverse the aging process by temporarily paralyzing the muscle, allowing the skin time to heal and rejuvenate it’s self. Botox, combined with other aesthetic treatments like filler, PDO threads, PRP, laser, microneedling and peels are some of my favorite combinations to get a healthy, youthful complexion. At my office in Tulsa, OK Luminate Clinic, our sole focus is how to slow or reverse the symptoms of aging. I will have more info on each of those treatments as time goes on and will link them back to this blog.

I hope I was able to answer a few questions on anti-aging and get that thought on your radar as part of your healthy living resolutions for 2020.

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