How Telomeres Affect Aging
Like everyone else you would be sure to jump at the opportunity to slow down the rate at which you age, so that you could lead a longer, healthier life. No doubt, you would also like to reduce your chances of being afflicted with chronic diseases in your later years. At Nhi Le MD Clinic, Dr. Nhi Le has implemented the Age Management Program that can help you achieve those goals, and it all has to do with telomeres.
So what are telomeres, and what do they have to do with aging? Well, telomeres are chains of DNA found at the end of chromosomes, and scientists have identified a link between these tiny chains and the aging process. Essentially, they believe that telomeres may hold the key to preventing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimers that many older Americans battle with.
It all has to do with the fact that in clinical studies carried out; many of the people suffering from these diseases had shorter telomeres. So they investigated the possibility of getting these telomeres to grow back, in an effort to combat these age-related diseases, and reverse the aging process.
In this regard, the Age Management Program at Nhi Le MD Clinic, is designed to determine physical fitness and vitality. This is done by studying key markers such as the age of vital organs including the brain and lungs, as well as the length of telomeres. With this information, we are able to determine how well you are aging. These findings form the basis of a personalized therapeutic program that we develop to help slow down the rate at which you age, and improve your mental health and vitality.
The nutraceutical TA-65® is a unique compound that has been patented by California biotech company Geron and has been proven to turn back the clock on aging. A study that appears in Aging Cell, a scientific online journal, showed many benefits to taking the supplement, including:
Improved immune system
Improved glucose and cholesterol levels
Increased cognitive functions
TA-65® is available in a capsule form and can be taken as part of a daily routine. TA-65® is a naturally occurring molecule that’s found within a medicinal plant, and is not available in any other nutraceutical on the market today. This means that patients who want to ensure that they’re getting the ideal anti-aging treatment – both externally and internally – can take this capsule, which contains 5mg of TA-65®.
At the Fountain of Youth MedSpa, we are also aware of the challenges faced by both men and women due to hormone deficiency. As a result, we offer hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. These programs are designed to restore hormonal balance, and ease the symptoms of andropause and menopause.
For most men, age is accompanied by declining levels of the essential hormone testosterone. This usually leads to the onset of a number of symptoms, related to a condition known as andropause, which is the male version of the female menopause.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Using Dr. Nhi Le’s Age Management Medicine Program, it is possible to restore testosterone levels. Signs of andropause include an increase in abdominal fat, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased energy, increased cholesterol levels, poor recovery after exercise, skin laxity, loss of muscle, and difficulty sleeping.
About Testosterone Replacement
In an effort to counter these symptoms and improve overall vitality, many men have opted to undergo testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The benefits are many, including improved erectile function, increased muscle mass, and improved cognitive ability. Estrogen replacement therapy has been a long-standing solution to female hormone deficiency. However, male hormone deficiency took a much longer time to gain recognition, and solutions were also long in coming.
Before getting you started with TRT, we do a thorough examination to determine if you would be a good candidate for the process. This analysis gives us a snapshot of your overall health, and also determines the amount of testosterone you will need to restore balance, should you be found suitable. If you are in good health, and free of any underlying medical conditions, then you are sure to be positively considered. The risks associated with TRT are few, but here at the Fountain of Youth we will provide you with the information you need, to make the best decision for your health.
Whether or not you decide to undergo TRT is a personal decision that you should make after reviewing the information available, and consulting with our expert Age Management medicine Physician. However, the benefits of the procedure are well-documented.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
After the age of 50, most women are faced with changing hormone levels, as a result of menopause. Levels of the vital hormones estrogen and progesterone fall significantly, and result in a range of unpleasant symptoms. These include unexplained weight gain, waning energy, high cholesterol levels, hot flashes, night gain, depression, and vaginal dryness.
However, the goal of the Age Management Medicine program at the Nhi Le MD Clinic is to help women age well and feel better. The program is designed to monitor and manage your health, so that you can enjoy improved well-being, without the symptoms of menopause.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for women
Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) involves the use of synthetic or artificial hormones. However, BHRT takes it one step further, and uses hormones that have an identical chemical structure to those present in the body. For this reason, it is considered a superior solution to conventional HRT.
Before getting you started with BHRT, we carry out a comprehensive examination to determine if you would be a good candidate for the procedure. The findings of the examination are a good indicator of the state of your health, and will also show if there are underlying conditions that would prevent you participation. Once we have the all clear, we will set up a personalized program.
The risks associated with BHRT are few, but at Nhi Le MD Clinic, we make sure to provide you with the information you need, so that you can make the best decision for your health.
As with all other aspects of life, your health should also be carefully planned for at each stage. Unfortunately many people ignore preventive health care, and only take action when they are faced with a health crisis. By carefully monitoring and managing your health, we show patients that it is possible to stay healthy and live well.