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Living Younger

Living Younger

Have you or someone you know experienced one or more of the following?

●    Heart disease
●    Cancer
●    Stroke
●    Diabetes
●    Alzheimers disease

If you answered yes, then you have witnessed an example of the pathologic diseases of aging.  If you answered yes and the person is approximately your age or even younger, then you also know someone who died prematurely.  If it was a friend, has it made you consider your own mortality? If this was a family member, have you wondered whether you, too, are destined to a similar fate?  If you answered yes, then this book may be just what the doctor ordered.

If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions you are part of a rapidly growing segment of our population who is aging faster than is necessary.  The chronic diseases of aging are among the greatest challenges facing our country and the health care system.

Glance around the waiting room in your doctors office and many of the people you see are likely to have more than one chronic illness, even if they are only in middle age. How common are chronic illnesses?  The findings from a study reported in a 2005 issue of Annals of Family Medicine may surprise you.  Ninety percent of adults treated by doctors had more than one chronic illness. In addition, nearly half of the patients aged 45-64 had five or more chronic conditions.  The Centers for Disease Control estimate that at least 125 million Americans are affected by chronic diseases, at a cost of more than $500 billion per year.  What makes this so tragic is the fact that the overwhelming majority of these conditions could have been prevented.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 1,250,000 Americans suffer heart attacks each year, while 710,000 die of heart disease, with most of these following long periods of debilitation.  Cardiovascular disease causes 1 of every 2.7 deaths in the United States today.  Cancer kills more than 500,000 Americans each year.  Strokes account for another 168,000 deaths and diabetes conservatively kills 70,000 more. These sobering statistics are not lost on a growing number of individuals choosing a physician specialized in preventive-aging medicine.  Perhaps a close friend, with whom they share a similar lifestyle, has just suffered a heart attack or was diagnosed with cancer.  It might be a parent succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimers disease. Possibly everyone in their family died at an early age and they, too, are rapidly approaching the same age.

The number-one motivator for looking into the preventive-aging medicine option, however, is ones personal experience of premature aging.  All too often, people have already been diagnosed with measurable signs of aging-related disease - hypertension,
high cholesterol, or osteoporosis, for example.  Typically, they report a decline in their former physical ability, a personal sense of imbalance in life, or a faltering sense of youthful vitality - loss of strength, fatigue, inability to concentrate, loss of libido or sexual performance, frequent illnesses, and so forth.

Life is truly a marvelous journey; a continuous process of change, followed by growth. Each and every one of us should be able to fully embrace and enjoy every stage of life to its fullest.  Sadly, even in this day of modern medical miracles, too many of us have chosen to live in the dark ages.  By that, I mean the declines that come with aging are far more related to a lifetime of unenlightened choices than they are to the inexorable ticking of a clock.

All things and all phenomena are connected - especially when it comes to physical function and performance, and youthful vitality.  Our every choice, thought and action plays a major role in how well or how long we live.

The mission of our practice is to demystify the processes of aging and give you the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to live the life you have imagined.  Modern science has begun to unlock the long-hidden mysteries of aging, providing hope for a brighter future for the millions of aging baby boomers and those to follow.  Ironically, much of the wisdom for avoiding premature disease and death preceded modern medicine by more than 800 years.  The twelfth century physician Maimonides understood the importance personal choice has regarding human longevity: "Live sensibly - among a thousand people, only one dies a natural death; the rest succumb to irrational modes of living."  I hope that it wont take another 800 years for us to heed this sage advice.