What is Anti-Aging Medicine?


Are you now living the life you dreamt of when you were young? Filled with vitality and personal power creating happiness you knew you were meant for? Too often individuals find themselves plagued with muscle and joint pain, chronic fatigue and the loss of vitality and drive. Premature aging can sap your strength, vitality and ability to enjoy life, cripple you, and even can kill you all too soon! Tens of millions die early from age-related conditions each and every year, but few people realize that degenerative aging can be slowed with diet and lifestyle choices.

Anti-aging medicine is a clinical specialty founded on the application of advanced laboratory medicine for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. Doctors who practice Anti-aging medicine use proper diet, lifestyle choices, and proven functional medicine to help their patients live healthy, longer lives. A longer life gives you more time in which to lead a better life.

First stop the self inflicted injury. Do you smoke or do recreational drugs? Do you eat junk food or are overweight? Do you exercise little or not at all? Haven't seen a doctor in years or your present doctor does not know how to keep you healthy without drugs? If so, you have a clear starting point. These negative things can hurt more than any healthy life extension techniques can compensate for. What is the point of painting the house if you are letting the foundation crumble? Begin now to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Find a doctor you can trust and talk to about actually improving your health instead of treating symptoms with more drugs. The body is a complex, resilient wonder. However, unlike your car you can't just replace it when it breaks down.

The primary cause of early aging and degenerative disease is 'oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.' With this it's like your tissues are "on simmer, sort of cooking away at an accelerated rate." A primary cause of this is free radicals, small molecules lacking an electron. These free radicals steal an electron from healthy cells; it's like pulling out a cog wheel from a fine Swiss watch and expecting it to keep proper time. Free radicals can even start destroying your cellular DNA. One of the primary causes of free radicals is the increased chemicals and toxic metals in our environment today.

A doctor knowledgeable in anti-aging medicine knows how to measure laboratory biomarkers to identify if you have high levels of chronic inflammation and free radical damage leading to premature aging and degenerative disease. Furthermore this knowledgeable doctor would then have the know how to assist you in stopping the damage caused by these aging factors to improve your health and vitality, and prevent further degenerative diseases.

Another vital factor in anti-aging medicine is to make sure you have proper balanced hormone function. One of the most important aspects balanced hormone function is to thoroughly assess proper thyroid function. To fully understand a patient's thyroid function a knowledgeable doctor must run at least 6 to 8 thyroid tests. Just running the typical TSH and T4 only catches 17% of the individuals with thyroid dysfunction. This is especially true in women.

In men the most important hormone balance to fight premature aging is proper assessment of testosterone levels to properly diagnose male hormonal imbalances. A doctor must run at least at least six male hormone tests and not just total testosterone to properly diagnose and treat this hormonal balance. With this proper assessment men can achieve better hormone balance to defeat premature aging and the loss of vitality, drive and intimacy.

Proper hormonal balance and anti-aging medicine, and the lab tests to properly diagnose these conditions will be the subject matter of my upcoming seminars. I will also discuss natural solutions for healthy aging.

Author Dr. Greg Fors

About Dr. Greg Fors

Dr. Greg Fors, D.C. is a Board-certified Neurologist (IBCN), certified in Applied Herbal Sciences (NWHSU) and acupuncture. As the director of the virtual Pain and Brain Healing Center, he specializes in a functional medicine approach to fibromyalgia, fatigue, brain fog, digestive disorders, depression and anxiety. He is a sought after international lecturer for various post-graduate departments and state associations. Dr. Fors is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Why We Hurt” available through booksellers everywhere.

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