It is generally thought that the article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990 by D. Rudman entitled “The effects of human Growth Hormone on men over 60 years old” was the catalyst that started the new medical specialty of Age Management. Originally call Anti-Aging medicine this term fell out of favor because everyone ages nothing can change that fact but living longer and living healthier is the goal of Age Management. This concept is expressed well by the ancient Chinese Proverb “The superior Doctor prevents sickness, the mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness, the inferior doctor treats actual sickness” Unfortunately, 20th century medicine training was about what, diagnose the sickness and treat. Age Management (21st century medicine) is about WHY. If we understand the why we can reverse and prevent the sickness.
While every age management program must be tailored to the individual patient there are some aspects that are standard for every patient.
Diet and nutrition: While there are many healthy diets, they all restrict the three primary causes of modern metabolic disease: 1.) Sugar, which is a liver poison. 2.) Trans-fats and the inflammatory omega 6 vegetable oils and 3.) Refined acellular carbohydrates.
Sleep hygiene: 7-8 hours of quality sleep is vital to healthy aging especially for brain function. It is deep no rem sleep that clears the brain daily buildup of amyloid and tau proteins associated with Alzheimer’s. I encourage you to read Dr. Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep.
Exercise: Both your brain and body are vital to healthy aging.
Optimize all of your hormones: Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Thyroid, Pregnenolone, Cortisol, DHEAS, Growth hormone and Vitamin D (yes vitamin D is a hormone made in the skin during sun exposure). While there was a study about growth hormone that started it all, the most important hormone to maintain a healthy body is the sex steroid Testosterone. Testosterone is not only the male hormone but is the primary hormone for both men and women. Healthy women will have 10 times more testosterone in their blood than estrogen. Keeping Testosterone and healthy youthful levels is one the most vital treatments in age management. Fortunately, we have Testosterone pellet implants which maintain steady healthy levels for both men and women, as the testicular and ovary did when the patient was young.
Disclaimer: The Simpatra website and blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Content from the Simpatra website and blog is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.The information provided on this website is intended for general consumer understanding only. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. As health and nutrition research continuously evolves, we do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any information presented on this website.