What is Age Management Medicine?

A New Paradigm in Medicine

 Conventional medicine has always held the belief that aging is inevitable and that its progressive deterioration cannot be altered. Fortunately, there is an exciting revolution in science and medicine that identifies aging as a disease. We are now entering a new era in mainstream medicine that focuses on the prevention of the aging process rather than simply the treatment of aging symptoms. One of the most important preventative therapies in this new paradigm of care is hormone supplementation. Because many physicians assume that age-related hormonal declines are natural, the medical community as a whole has been very slow to offer hormone replacement therapy to the aging community. However, researchers from around the world have now shown that a hormonal deficiency associated with aging is no different from that of a younger person with a hormonal imbalance, and should be treated as deftly and as quickly. 

How and Why We Age

 Over the last 50 years, research in the fields of endocrinology and immunology has improved our knowledge as to how and why we age. Communication between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems makes it possible for us to adapt and survive in our environment, and hormones are the messengers between these systems. Hormones are molecules that are released into the blood stream and exert biochemical effects on receptor sites to regulate our body’s temperature, reproduction, growth, aging and immune functions. As messengers of the central nervous system, hormones instruct our internal organs on how to function. Unfortunately, both men and women experience a drop in these life sustaining hormones as they age. 

Hormonal Deficiency Syptoms Include:

 

  • Weight Gain
  • Loss of Muscle Mass
  • Degenerative Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis)
  • A Compromised Immune System
  • Wrinkling and Thinning of the Skin
  • Depression and Stress
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Loss of Sex Drive
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Disorders

Replenishment of hormones to optimal, physiological levels (not exceeding normal limits) has been shown to alleviate these age-related changes.

How Hormones Fit into the Aging Process

 

Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include adrenal glands, testes, ovaries, thyroid, pituitary and pineal gland. As the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. In addition, the specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation, resulting in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis and cell reproduction. All in all, this results in the signs and symptoms of aging that can only be reversed by replacing our hormones to optimal levels to improve hormone effectiveness.

As the levels of hormones decline, so do our physical and mental capabilities. We lose our energy, vitality, strength, physique and health. The deterioration seen in normal aging results in osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, muscle atrophy, sleep disorders, depression, mood disorders and decreased sociability. Much of this is caused by a decrease in hormones. By restoring these hormones to their youthful levels, it is possible to restore our zeal and energy as well as to strengthen and bolster our bodies and minds. We can improve and reverse many of the symptoms and signs that we have come to associate with aging. We can also regain our youthful resilience, which protects us from the stressors of daily life.