Myths surrounding “Age Management”
Myth: You don’t need to take supplements if you eat a healthy diet.
Truth: Medications deplete nutrients.
Medications and treatments often have effects on the body that few people are aware of. Statins (cholesterol-lowering medications) for example deplete Co-Enzyme Q10 which contributes to generating energy on a cellular level. The largest organs in your body such as your heart, liver and kidneys have a high concentration of Co-Enzyme Q10 because it is vital to the functioning of those organs. Other medications that have negative side effects include the birth control pill which depletes the B vitamins, and Metformin (used to control blood sugar levels in diabetics) which depletes Vitamin B12 and Folic acid.
Soil erosion and modern farming methods have led to much of today’s food containing fewer vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And as we age our nutrient requirements increase as well. Lifestyle stresses can also cause extra nutrient needs due to the faster depletion of those nutrients in the body.
You cannot, in today’s world, get all the nutrients you need from the food you eat.
Here are the reasons why the food you eat can’t you provide you with the nutrients you need:
- The soil is depleted of many minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Selenium may be depleted or in overabundance in the ground, depending on where you live. If the soil is not rich in nutrients, then the food we eat does not contain an adequate supply of minerals.
- Fruits and vegetables begin to lose their nutritional value immediately after picking. Cold storage causes destruction of nutrients. Stored grapes lose up to 30% of their B vitamins Tangerines stored for 8 weeks can lose almost half their vitamin C. Asparagus stored for 1-week, loses up to 90% of its vitamin C.
- The nutrients in food may not be in a form that is bioavailable. In other words, it will not be easily absorbed into your body. Orange juice is an example where 40% of the vitamin C is biologically inactive.
- Processing (blanching, sterilising, canning and freezing) all decrease the nutritional value of the food we eat.
- The longer we cook fruits and vegetables, the fewer nutrients remain. It is better to eat them raw or slightly steamed.
- The milling of grains removes 26 essential nutrients and much of the fibre.
Myth: There is no science behind age management.
Truth: There are many studies on natural medicines, and an enormous amount published in peer-reviewed journals.
The IFIM is entirely science-based and only scientifically proven recommendations are given. There are in truth more studies done on vitamins, antioxidants and natural medicines than on conventional drugs.
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Myth: Age management medicine doesn’t work.
Truth: Age management medicine does work.
As people age, with more people living longer all around the world, age management medicine is improving how long people live and the quality of their lives. The conventional medical model is based on a disease-based approach. In other words, a disease is diagnosed and the symptoms of the disease are then “band-aided” with chronic drugs. This may relieve symptoms, but it does NOT cure the underlying problem. In age management medicine we treat the cause and not merely the symptoms. Age management medicine is thus a wellness-based model and is truly the medicine of the future.
Here are tips on how you can manage your longevity:
- Avoid stress and depression; they are major causes for premature aging.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day; it is your first defence against the infirmities of old age.
- Limit harmful fats, such as trans-fats or saturated fats, in your diet; they increase your risk for heart disease and cancer. Also include good omega 3, 6 and 9 fats in your diet.
- Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night; quality sleep is essential for rejuvenation and repair.
- Consume little or no alcohol, it is a neurotoxin.
- Do not smoke.
- Try to keep your weight at, or 5% below your ideal body weight. Mortality increases significantly at 20% or more above ideal body weight, and 10% below.
- Maintain optimum antioxidant blood levels.
- Early detection is the key to a cure for both heart disease and cancer. Get blood tests and comprehensive age management yearly exams.
- If age 55 or older, consider hormone replenishment therapy with a knowledgeable age management physician.
- Drink 8 glasses of purified or bottled water daily.
- Think young. Aging is as much a state of mind as it is a state of physiology. Lie about your age (especially to yourself). Keep young-feeling friends around.
- Do not just accept getting old. Fight to remain youthful and vigorous.