Anti Aging Medicine Today
The future of Anti Ageing Medicine (sometimes anti-aging) is extremely bright. Advancements emerge each day from the growing field bringing hope and highlighting the reality that while getting older is inevitable, aging is optional.
More and more physicians are entering Anti Ageing Medicine and Age Management Medicine recognizing that the disease-oriented approach to healthcare is failing patient and doctor alike. The current healthcare system has fostered a state of ongoing medical dependency, and this dependency is both costly and ineffective in its results.
Stem Cells and Telomeres
What makes the future of Anti Ageing Medicine so exciting are developments in stem cell therapies and in telomere lengthening. Up to now the primary focus in Anti Ageing Medicine has been to slow down the aging process through better nutrition, regular exercise, and hormonal optimization.
Nutrition, exercise, and hormonal therapies will always serve as the foundation to youthful aging, but with stem cell treatments we have the ability to treat cancer and chronic degenerative diseases by restoring or regenerating organ systems. Telomere lengthening will enable to us “dial back” the ticking clock of aging with the real promise of extending both quality and quantity of life.
Current Status of Stem Cell Therapies
Stem cells have the ability to self-reproduce and differentiate into mature tissue like heart, liver, and lung. Stem cell treatments have been and continue to be used to treat malignant and non-malignant blood-related diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. Stem cells are also currently being used to treat heart failure, the leading cause of death in the United States. Stem cells are being studied in the treatment of a host of neurologic disorders like Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and spinal cord injury.
Despite new treatments, complications from diabetes have not changed significantly and achieving glycemic control has been elusive. Emerging stem cell therapies to treat diabetes are showing promise as well.
Our cells are programmed to divide 30 to 50 times during the life-span. Cells need to divide to repair tissue. Anything that causes cellular and/or tissue damage will lead to the cellular division as the body attempts to repair the damage. Therefore, those 30 to 50 cell divisions get “used up” prematurely in the presence of damage caused by smoking, environmental toxins, poor nutrition, and diseases like obesity, inflammatory diseases, cancer, heart disease, and others.
A major key to aging well is keeping telomeres long as long as possible. Optimal nutrition, regular exercise, optimal hormone levels, and managing stress go a long way in preventing telomeres from getting too short “before their time”. In addition consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and other supplements can slow down telomere shortening.
Better yet, the first commercially available product tested in humans and shown to increase telomere length is now available. Its name is TA-65. TA-65 activates the enzyme telomerase, which repairs and restores telomere length. Telomerase is a naturally occurring enzyme in the body, but in our somatic cells (non-reproductive cells) is normally turned off. In humans studies, TA-65 was shown to improve immune function, improve blood pressure, improve blood sugar and insulin levels, improve cholesterol profile, and improve bone density. In addition, many study participants reported better energy, better sleep, better sexual performance, and better visual acuity.
It’s anticipated that even more potent telomerase activators will soon be available. So between stem cells and telomerase activators coupled with exercise, proper nutrition, and hormonal optimization the future looks bright that those who seek help from Anti Ageing Medicine will be able to live both a longer life and one of the highest quality.
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