An introduction to age management medicine
Age management medicine is a clinical specialty founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders and diseases. It is a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. As such, age management medicine is based on principles of sound and responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties. The phrase “age management”, as such, relates to the application of advanced biomedical technologies focused on the early detection, prevention and treatment of age-related disease.
Age management medicine complements regenerative medicine, as both specialties embrace cutting-edge biomedical technologies aimed at achieving benefits for both the quality and length of the human lifespan. Some of the most promising aspects of regenerative MEDICINE are most notably:
Stem cell therapeutics- technologies aiming to beneficially alter the very basic cellular sources of dysfunctions, disorders, disabilities, and diseases
Therapeutic cloning- technologies to develop ample sources of human cells, tissues, and organs for use in acute emergency care as well as the treatment of chronic, debilitating diseases
Genetic engineering and genomics- advancements that permit the identification and alteration of genetics to ameliorate dysfunctions, disorders, disabilities, and diseases
Nanotechnology- deploying micro- and molecular-sized tools to manipulate human tissue biology for microsurgical repair on a gross level, as well as microscopic nano-biology for repair at the most basic cellular level.
Taken collectively, the advancements offered by age management and regenerative medicine to improve the quality of, and/or extend the length of, the human lifespan, are the single most potent emerging biomedical technologies today.
Universally, those involved in health care, or those whose fields of expertise intersect with health care issues, support age management medicine as a health care model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy human lifespan. Public policy organisations and government agencies in a number of nations are now embracing age management medicine as a viable solution to alleviate the mounting social, economic, and medical woes otherwise anticipated to arrive with the trend of unprecedented global aging.
Age management medicine is now practised by thousands of physicians in private medical offices, as well as at some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals around the world. Involving a patient base in the hundreds of thousands worldwide, age management medicine is achieving demonstrable and objective results that beneficially impact the degenerative diseases of aging.
What is age management medicine?
Age management medicine is the pinnacle of biotechnology joined with advanced clinical preventive medicine. The specialty is founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders and diseases. It is a health care model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. As such, age management medicine is based on principles of sound and responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties. The age management medical model aims to both extend lifespan as well as prolong health span – the length of time that we are able to live productively and independently.
Age Management Medicine is the following:
Scientific. Age management diagnostic and treatment practices are supported by scientific evidence and therefore cannot be branded as anecdotal
Evidence-based. Age management medicine is based on an orderly process for acquiring data in order to formulate a scientific and objective assessment upon which effective treatment is assigned
Well-documented by peer-reviewed journals. As of this writing, the National Library of Medicine hosts more than 3,000 peer-reviewed articles on the subject of age management medicine
Hundreds of scientific research studies clearly prove that modest interventions in diet, exercise, nutrition and single-gene modulation in the laboratory setting beneficially and significantly impact healthy function in old age. Many of these interventions also modify maximum lifespan by 20 to 800%. With near-daily advancements in biomedical technologies related to research specifically focused on elucidating treatments for age-related disorders and modulating the metabolic dysfunctions associated with old age, in the near-future, effective interventions will become widely available to modulate the aging process itself in humans.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have found that the age management lifestyle can add 24.6 more years of productive lifespan. The research team found that the longest-living Americans are Asian-American women residing in Bergen County, New Jersey USA. They live longer than any other ethnic group in the United States, to an average lifespan of 91.1 years. In contrast, the Harvard team found that the shortest-living Americans are Native American populations in South Dakota, despite receiving free or low-cost government provided medical care, living an average lifespan of 66.5 years. A distinguishing characteristic of the Bergen County women’s longevity is that they are availing themselves of the armament of state-of-the-art biomedical technologies in advanced preventive care, including preventive screenings, early disease detection, aggressive intervention and optimal nutrition – all of which are cornerstones of the age management medical model. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][“Bergen County, NJ is long in longevity,” New York Times, September 12, 2006;“Asian women in Bergen have nation’s top life expectancy,” Free Republic, September 12, 2006.]
A first-ever study reveals the secrets of exceptional health in old age. Mark Kaplan, from Portland State University (Oregon, USA), and colleagues utilised the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI3), a multidimensional measure of health status, to examine the maintenance of exceptionally good health among 2,432 elder Canadians enrolled in the Canadian National Population Health Survey, which tracked participants’ health for ten-years, 1994 to 2004.
The researchers found that the most important predictors of excellent health over the entire decade where:
Absence of chronic illness
Income over US $30,000
Having never smoked
Drinking alcohol in moderation
Maintaining a positive outlook
Managing stress levels
The team comments: “Many of these factors can be modified when you are young or middle-aged. While these findings may seem like common sense, now we have evidence of which factors contribute to exceptional health [as we age].” [Kaplan MS, Huguet N, Orpana H, Feeny D, McFarland BH, Ross N. “Prevalence and factors associated with thriving in older adulthood: a 10-year population-based study.” J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2008 Oct;63(10):1097-104.]
Around the world, people are seeking medical guidance for ways to stay healthy, active, and vital well into their older years. As a result, the principles of the age management lifestyle are gaining rapid and widespread acceptance as a framework for lifelong habits for healthy living.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]