According to this theory, it’s our biological clock, ticking away at a predetermined rate since we born. This theory says that DNA, the cells’ genetic material, holds the key to our planned Apoptosis. While this aging theory appears fatalistic on the surface, remember that biology is not destiny. You cannot change your genes, but you can slow the march of time with better diet and regular physical activity.
Today the scientific studies have found new ways programs to prevent and reverse the DNA damage that causes aging. Scientists now know that there is nothing inevitable about arthritis, memory lapses, wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of focus and trouble concentrating, fatigue, loss of muscle tone and endurance, diminished sex drive, age spots, and the other conditions commonly associated with aging.
With a few simple lifestyle changes you can reap amazing visible and tangible benefits in just a few days, and there is plenty of information on the internet.
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. These includes heart disease, most types of cancer, 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.
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.
Diet that defy Aging:
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.
Longevity can be enhanced by taking following step:
•Optimize your antioxidant protection by eating 5 to 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 overall 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. 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
•Do not 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.
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