Anti-aging medicine was formally established as a clinical specialty in 1991 with the founding of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). The organization’s 26,000+ physician and scientist members are dedicated to practicing early detection and advanced preventative medicine, helping their patients enjoy healthier, longer, and more productive lives.
Although anti-aging medicine is typically associated with hormone replacement therapy, it also includes nutritional protocols, as well as mental and physical fitness practices. Although not directly related to physical health, anti-aging procedures can also be focused on aesthetic treatments – such as skin treatments.
Anti-aging medicine has made great advances in the past twenty-five years. And although there is no known way to stop the aging process, effective ways have been discovered that can significantly slow the aging process and help to ensure a higher quality of life. Based on the research to date, it seems clear that the most effective methods for slowing the aging process and effecting positive health as we age are: adequate sleep; exercise; maintaining healthy weight; nutrition & supplements (particularly anti-aging foods & micronutrients); and hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone Imbalance and Hormone Replacement Therapy
Both men and women over the age of 35 are often candidates for Hormone Replacement Therapy due to hormone imbalance. As we age hormone levels decline significantly each year, causing symptoms such as low libido, decreased energy, unexplained weight gain, difficulty losing weight, additional weight in the mid-section, anxiety, depression, irritability and even a lowered sense of well-being.
InShape Medical’s anti-aging programs restore proper hormone levels through the use of natural hormone therapy. These hormones are identical in structure to those naturally produced in the body, which is why the treatment is known as Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). We offer only hormones compounded according to the highest industry standards, using the best quality botanical ingredients available. Derived from plant-based ingredients, they are specifically formulated to strictly replicate human hormones.
InShape Medical offers a variety of comprehensive hormone panel testing, including blood and saliva testing. This ensures that you are getting the best possible diagnosis and treatment plan.
InShape Medical also offers thyroid function and IGF-1 hormone testing. If your IGF-1 is low, it indicates a sluggish pituitary gland. We offer prescription compounded Sermorelin therapy to correct any deficiency. Sermorelin is a growth hormone releasing hormone (or GHRH). In adults, Sermorelin stimulates the pituitary gland to naturally produce increased amounts of human growth hormone (HGH). The result is increased lean muscle mass, reduced body fat, enhanced sleep quality, increased skin density and collagen production, increased bone density, enhanced immune system and cardiovascular function, pancreatic and liver function, increases energy and vitality.
By balancing hormones with InShape Medical’s anti-aging programs you can restore your vitality and youth. We have hormone replacement therapy programs designed for men and hormone replacement therapy programs designed for women.
Many foods have anti-aging properties due to their concentrations of certain micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, etc.) While many micronutrients are extremely important to good health as we age, antioxidants are typically associated with anti-aging foods and are particularly important when it comes to preventing cancers. This effect is due to antioxidants acting as defensive agents against cancer causing free radicals.
There is plenty of data that shows the best anti-aging foods are whole fresh foods, like fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, oils, and tea. Some of the best anti-aging foods are: green tea, berries (particularly blueberries), olive oil, fish, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, watermelon, nuts, oatmeal, eggs, and even dark chocolate & wine (in moderation, of course).
In addition to the foods above, there are many other very healthy foods that have anti-aging qualities. This is the primary reason that the wellness, anti-aging and weight loss programs at InShape Medical emphasize whole fresh foods.
Professional Guidance in Anti-Aging
It is important that you get good guidance in making decisions on the best anti-aging program for your unique needs. Professional guidance in making treatment and lifestyle choices that fit your unique needs will have the most positive impacts on your health and longevity.