All of us age in different ways. Some age gracefully with minimal problems and diseases, but for many, ageing is not pleasant as they have to deal with many physical and mental problems which surface during the 4th and 5th decade of life and beyond. Modern medical research tells us the reason for this is the ever growing sedentary lifestyle and the change in human diet over the last 50 years.
We don’t die of old age; we die from a host of degenerative diseases. The consumption of refined carbohydrates, processed and fast food raises insulin level which results in storage of fat, obesity and silent inflammation which hastens cardiovascular diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s etc. It is basically the cause of physical degeneration and ageing itself. Increase in refined carbohydrate consumption increases the generation of free radicals, oxidative stress and formation of advanced glycation end products affecting the skin and resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin, making one look older than his/her actual age.
We will now discuss ageing and how medical science can best deal with it.
Best Kept Secrets of Ageing Gracefully
Anti-ageing medicine is the newest and fastest growing specialty of medical science which deals with making you not only look younger but feel younger than your actual age. This specialty is already well established in the western world and the Gulf countries and has acquired significance around the world. The average age is going up and people are living longer. However at the same time many are affected by diseases such as heart ailments, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis and many more which affect people from the age of 40 onwards. This takes the fun out of a longer life as one lives with problems, difficulties and handicaps.
Scientists predict that by the year 2050 the average age of humans would be 120 years, as opposed to the current average of 80 years. This means many people who are now between 40 and 70 years of age may cross the 100 years mark. The big question however, is how does one want to age? Either with disease, poor health and handicaps or in reasonably good health with vigor and vitality and in sound condition both physically and mentally. In other words, what level of deterioration in health would you tolerate as your age advances?
Anti-ageing thus makes a lot of sense and this specialty is based on the application of the latest medical and scientific research and technology for the earliest detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age related diseases thus ensuring good health and younger looks.
Anti-ageing Medicine prolongs healthy human life span and is the future of all medicine and will be the standard for how medical care is delivered around the world. This is because it addresses the underlying cause and doesn’t just treat the symptoms.
Dr Jack Monaco, the anti-ageing physician from Connecticut, USA suggests that current medical practice is good for acute illnesses but is not effective in tackling chronic problems which crop up beyond the age of 40. This is where anti-ageing medicines come in. It uses the same conventional principles and therapies but in a way that is more proactive. We look at the underlying markers and red flags and try to reduce the likelihood of developing disease and lessen their intensity through the easily affordable anti-ageing medicines.
Anti-ageing medicine means practicing whole person medicine as opposed to treating symptoms only.
In anti-ageing medicines
70 is the new 50
60 is the new 40
50 is the new 30
Anti-ageing medicine can be seen to be doing basically two different things:
- Aesthetics, which is improving the looks and appearance by performing invasive and non-invasive procedures on the skin. This is important for females but increasingly men are also interested in improving their looks and want to look younger. In this regard, antioxidants and nutraceuticals are used to make skin look better and younger.
- Inner health, which is looking after the systems and organs in the body and keeping them in healthy state free from age related diseases.
Now we come to the most important question, how and why do we age and can anything be done about it to prevent misery, discomfort and economic loss? The answer is, A LOT. This will further be discussed in later articles in this series. Stay tuned!
About the author:
Dr Zubair Mirza
M.B.B.S, L.M.S.S.A (LON)