A library full of health and wellness resources

Article

Prevention and Age Management


A Wellness Paradigm Shift

Conventional Medicine holds the belief that aging is associated with debilitating symptoms and progressive deterioration and decline that cannot be altered.  While the aging process is inevitable, we are entering a new era in mainstream medicine that focuses on prevention of disease and living with energy and vitality.

Our Preventative and Age Management Protocol is based on early detection, prevention, and reversal of the degenerative effects of aging.  The primary goal is living healthier for a longer period of time.  The principles are well documented in medical and scientific journals, and are based on sound and responsible health care.

Research suggests that aging is likely due to a combination of causes that include degeneration of bodily functions due to hormone decline, nutritional deficiencies, free radical damage due to lifestyle factors, chronic inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and insulin resistance.  When these events are controlled or prevented, the likelihood of illness and disability is reduced or prevented, and it becomes possible to maintain good general health, strong muscles and bones, an efficient immune system, sharp memory and peak mental and physical function at any age.

1. Hormone Therapy

The degenerative process known as aging occurs precisely because of our declining hormones.  Hormonal deficiency symptoms include weight gain, loss of muscle mass, degenerative disease ( diabetes mellitus, 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 and sleep disorders.  Replenishment of these hormones to optimal, youthful levels through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can delay, prevent or even reverse the effects of aging.

Bio-identical hormones are by definition identical to those already found in the human body.  They mimic the shape and function of our own endogenous hormones.  The body treats and processes them in the same way it has processed its natural hormones for years.  Unfortunately, many of the hormones regularly prescribed are not identical to those found in the human body.  As the body works to metabolize – these foreign substances, it may produce toxic by-products, which can cause many side effects such as bloating, mood swings, water retention and serious problems such as heart disease and cancer.

2.  Diet

Some of the leading causes of death in America are heart disease, cancer, stroke, lung disease, injuries, diabetes, flu and pneumonia.  These are all modifiable with dietary lifestyle intervention.  The Mediterranean-style diet is a nutritional program that will effectively reduce the markers of inflammation and promote weight loss..  The diet has 30-35% fat; 20-30% protein; 40-50% carbohydrates.  The basic principles are to cut out sugar and refined carbohydrates, eat more lean protein, replace unhealthy fats with healthful fats and consume the widest variety of fruits and vegetables.

3. Exercise

There are three main exercise categories: resistance/weight training, cardiovascular                          exercise and flexibility.  Each offers specific benefits, creating a well balanced      program with dynamic results.

4. Micronutrient Supplementation

Studies of the American diet reveal sub-optimal intake of micronutrients that lead to degenerative disease, worldwide.  We are inundated with environmental carcinogens, toxins in our food supply, processed fast foods, pesticides and other overwhelming substances.

Micronutrient supplements are not an indulgence.  It is extremely important to supplement when dieting, and even the healthiest diet requires supplementing with amino acids, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Amino Acids are the building blocks of the body and a must for a youthful skin, and a healthy body.  Amino acids are the precursors to all 50 neurotransmitters in the brain.  The only function of our DNA is to string these proteins together.

Vitamins and minerals play an important role in every level of structure and function of the human body, including the central nervous system, immune system, and the mechanisms that promote longevity.

Omega 3’s play a vital role in protecting cell membranes, decrease inflammation, balance blood sugar, and promote brain derived neurotropic factor, which acts as a fertilizer to enhance dendrite re-growth.

Contributed by Teresa Kolpak, Micronutrient Specialist and Consultant

Leave a Reply