We’ve been looking for the secret to everlasting youth since the beginning of humankind. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest surviving literary works, the hero sets out on a journey in search of eternal life. When he is told that a plant from the bottom of the sea can make him young again, Gilgamesh plunges to the ocean floor to seize the magic plant. Yet he does not have it for long, as a snake steals the plant and leaves Gilgamesh once again bereft of the youth he seeks. Today, we’re still searching for that youthful magic—and modern medicine may hold the key to it. Anti-Aging Medicine is an exciting field of health care that unites our desire for youth with the advances of modern science. In my practice, I offer therapies and treatments from the cutting edge of Anti-Aging Medicine. My patients are amazed by the results they can achieve, and by how good they can feel at any age. Great energy, a sharp memory, a healthy libido, and freedom from aging-related disorders and diseases—all of these are within reach with Anti-Aging Medicine.
Healthy, Safe Hormone Replacement
Hormones play a bigger role than most of us realize in maintaining a state of youthful good health. It’s no coincidence that many of our most common aging-related disorders begin at exactly the same time that our hormones begin to drop. During perimenopause and menopause, when women lose estrogen and testosterone (women have a lot of testosterone too), they often notice changes in their health. Poor memory or “brain fog,” osteopenia and osteoporosis, depression, urinary incontinence, and a dip in libido are just a few of the potential adverse effects of hormonal change. Men, too, experience a similar shift as they enter andropause, the male equivalent of menopause. As testosterone levels drop, men may lose muscle mass and strength, and experience low libido, erectile dysfunction, memory problems, and hormone-related moodiness known as “Irritable Man Syndrome.” With Anti-Aging Medicine, we’re lucky to have a way to restore the hormonal balance of our youth. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a safe and very effective treatment that can reverse the effects of menopause and andropause. Unlike synthetic hormones, which can have dangerous side effects, bio-identical hormones are biologically equivalent to the hormones that your body manufactures. They are derived from plants and custom-formulated for your own body. As part of my Anti-Aging Medicine practice, I offer a state-of-the-art form of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. We insert the hormones in pellets under the skin, and the pellets release the hormones gradually over the course of several months. Called “SottoPelle®,” it is the safest, most convenient, and most effective method of hormone replacement therapy. The success rate with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is nothing short of amazing. Many patients tell me that it has given them their life back. They feel rejuvenated with great energy, stamina, mental clarity, a healthy libido, and a more positive outlook. Some even notice a flatter stomach and a more youthful metabolism. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is truly a modern miracle of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Reversing the Aging Process
Hormone therapy is just one aspect of Anti-Aging Medicine. There are other ways to intervene in the aging process, and to reverse it. Scientists have been studying the causes of aging since at least the 1970s. What they’ve found is that aging occurs on a cellular level. Over time, the cells in our bodies replicate and regenerate. As they do this over and over, they eventually start to make errors. The telomeres—compound structures at the end of a cell’s DNA—begin to get shorter. The shorter the telomeres, the more we feel the effects of aging on the body. Thankfully, several factors can help prevent this cellular breakdown. One of them is hormones. Other factors include anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. In my Anti-Aging Medicine practice, I often counsel patients to take nutritional supplements that have these qualities. Omega-3 Fatty Acids, for example, have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Lifestyle choices, too, have been shown to affect telomere length. A 2013 study by Dr. Dean Ornish, published in The Lancet Oncology, showed that prostate cancer patients who adopted a healthier diet, managed their stress, and engaged in regular exercise and social support increased their telomere length by about 10 percent over five years. Patients in the control group, who did not make these lifestyle changes, had shortened telomeres.
The Anti-Aging Lifestyle
Anti-Aging Medicine is a rich and growing field that draws from the latest in medical science and technology. But the first step to restoring our youth is to take a preventive-care approach. Before we decide to try hormone replacement therapy or a similar medical intervention, it’s best to adopt an anti-aging lifestyle. Modern living takes a toll on our bodies. When we’re surrounded by unhealthy stimuli, we age faster. Stress, poor diet, chronic sleep deprivation, and overworking are a few of the major factors that can literally take years from our lives. The solution is to adopt an anti-aging lifestyle that reverses these unhealthy habits and patterns. The cornerstones of an anti-aging lifestyle include a nutritious and anti-inflammatory diet, healthy sleep habits, regular exercise, and plenty of positive social interaction. Inflammation is one of the main causes of aging, but we can keep it at bay by adopting healthy practices. When we sleep well, keep our weight down, and avoid triggers such as hidden food allergies, toxins, trans fats, and saturated fats, we’ll keep inflammation at a minimum. The road to youthful good health begins at Vinci Health Center. Don’t wait to start feeling great: Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Manhattan or Brooklyn office.