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WHAT IS ANTI-AGING MEDICINE?
Anti-aging medicine is based on preventive medicine for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related disorders, and diseases.
90% of all adult illness is due to the degenerative processes of aging. This includes heart disease, most cancers, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s.
With early detection and appropriate intervention, most of these diseases can be prevented, cured, or have their downward course reversed.
Age Management medicine, also referred to as Anti-Aging medicine, is based on the very early detection, prevention, and reversal of age-related diseases. It is the newest clinical medical specialty—the “optimum” of wellness and longevity—and employs extensive treatments in the preventative health care field.
Within the last 100 years, the average lifespan has doubled. The medical community has now developed ways to ensure the second half of our lives is just as rewarding, happy and healthy as the first.
Anti-aging medicine aims to both extend lifespan as well as prolong healthspan - the length of time that we are able to live productively and independently.
Anti-aging therapies can include nutrition, physical fitness, skin care, hormone replacements, vitamins, supplements and herbs, focused on each individual's unique lifestyle, make-up and needs.
Regenerative Medicine, which includes Stem Cell Therapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy is “supercharged healing”. It’s harnessing and concentrating the body’s own naturally occurring components and unleashing them to repair, renew and replace damaged or injured cells, organs, muscle, nerve and bone. Our bodies have the potential to heal damaged tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone while decreasing downtime and pain and limiting the need for rehab.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes from the patient's own blood. PRP is a concentrated source of growth factors, anti-inflammatory and regenerating factors that play major roles in healing.
Blood is drawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge which concentrates platelets. After concentration, this serum is injected in the patient.
PRP injections can improved function and decreased pain in various conditions, including - but not limited to - wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendonitis.
Stem cells are the foundation cells for every organ, tissue and cell of the body. Stem cells can develop into cardiac muscle, as well as liver, brain, nerve, fat and skin tissue. These cells lead to creation of new—healthy—cells and are called generative cells.
Stem cell therapy is being used to treat diseases such as Heart Muscle Damage from Heart Attacks, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Hemorrhage and Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Autism, Parkinsonism, Motor Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Liver Diseases, Huntington's Disease , Chronic Kidney Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Orthopedic Injuries, COPD, ED and Diabetes. Studies worldwide have shown encouraging results. Stem cell therapy is done by using generative cells from your own bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue, so consequently has no adverse effects.
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure. It’s same day, in-office with little down time or pain, compared with surgery.
Because the therapy uses cells that are collected from the patient, and returned to the patient, the chances of reaction are minimal.
Other wellness and anti-aging therapies offered by Phillips Clinic include:
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bio-identical hormone replacement for men and women offers your doctor the opportunity to create a customized hormone replacement therapy for each patient’s individual needs.
JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH!WHAT BETTER TIME FOR A MEN’S PHYSICAL?
ACcording to Harvard Health, “Men are less likely than women to get routine physical exams and screenings. A survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians found that 55% of men surveyed had not seen their doctor for a physical exam in the previous year, even though 40% of them had at least one chronic condition.
Nearly one-fifth of men ages 55 and over said they had never undergone screening for colon cancer, and almost 30% said they "wait as long as possible" to seek medical attention when they are feeling sick or in pain.”
For all adults, scheduling regular check ups and physicals, can help catch health problems when they are manageable, to address and teat them at their earliest stages.
How Often Should You Get a Physical
If you’re in your 20’s… every five years.
If you’re in your 30’s… every three years.
If you’re in your 40’s... every two years.
50 and above… every year
Recommended Screenings for Men
Every man should have their blood pressure checked regularly, and patients with other cardiovascular risk factors should check their blood pressure more frequently. This can be performed at your doctor’s office. High blood pressure is the biggest risk for heart disease and a significant risk for other serious health conditions
All men 35 or older should get their blood cholesterol levels checked regularly. Men who use tobacco; are overweight or obese; have a relative who had a heart attack before the age of 50; or have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of heart disease should get their cholesterol checked much earlier, at the age of 20. There are several measures of cholesterol, and all are important in determining heart disease risk.
All men should get screened for colorectal (colon or rectal) cancer by age 50. People with a family history of colorectal cancer should get a colonoscopy even sooner. There are several different tests that can help detect colon cancer, but colonoscopy continues to be the gold standard.
Men who have high blood pressure or take medication to control their high blood pressure should get screened for diabetes (high blood sugar). Anyone experiencing symptoms of persistently severe thirst, frequent urination, unexpected weight loss, increased hunger, and tingling in the hands or feet also should talk to their doctor about getting tested. The preferred screening for diabetes is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar over the last three months.
Using a BMI calculator to determine your body mass index (BMI) is usually a reliable, but not conclusive, indicator of whether you’re at a healthy weight. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 Is considered healthy, a BMI above 25 is overweight, and a BMI greater than 30 is obese.
Because PSA screenings recommendation vary widely among health care professionals, talk to your provider about the benefits and risks of screening to determine what is best for you.
Other Tests Include
EKG, STD, HIV & Hepatitis, blood tests and urinalysis. Some additional testing may be recommended for men 50 or over, or with family history of chronic disease.