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Posted on Nov 10, 2003, 11 a.m.
By Bill Freeman
In 1993, a meeting of a group of a dozen physicians convened by Dr. Ronald Klatz and Dr. Robert Goldman forever changed the course of preventive medicine to follow. Recognizing that scientific research was quickly making discoveries to identify the mechanisms of deterioration and vulnerability to age-related diseases
In 1993, a meeting of a group of a dozen physicians convened by Dr. Ronald Klatz and Dr. Robert Goldman forever changed the course of preventive medicine to follow. Recognizing that scientific research was quickly making discoveries to identify the mechanisms of deterioration and vulnerability to age-related diseases, Drs. Klatz and Goldman proposed a new definition of aging itself. In this new perspective, the frailties and physical and mental failures associated with normal aging are caused by physiological dysfunctions that, in many cases, can be altered by appropriate medical interventions. As an extension of this redefinition, Drs. Klatz and Goldman described an innovative model for health care that focused on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. "Anti-aging medicine" was born.
In the decade that since followed, anti-aging medicine has achieved international recognition. Anti-aging medicine is now practiced by thousands of physicians in private medical offices, as well as in some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals around the world. Many medical schools now include anti-aging in their programs, and physicians have clocked hundreds of thousands of hours of advanced medical education to train in this new medical specialty. Acknowledging the social, economic, and medical dilemmas anticipated to arrive with a rapidly growing aging population worldwide, anti-aging medicine has also garnered important recognition from leading public policy groups and members of academia. Universally, those involved in health care or those whose fields of expertise intersect with healthcare issues support anti-aging medicine as a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy life span in humans.
Are you one of the thousands of people who are starting to notice life's first signs of age? Signs of aging are noticeable in our mirrors, on our bath scales, in our bedrooms, and in the job market. A Baby Boomer turns fifty every thirty seconds, and many of them are experiencing an expanding waistline, a receding hairline, a waning sex life, or trouble recalling names and events. As a result, a barrage of "anti-aging" health and beauty products now vie for our attention. Turn the pages of your daily newspaper or weekly magazine, or stroll the aisles of your local drugstore or favorite department store, and you're likely to see dozens of products labeled as "anti-aging." Yet, anti-aging is much more than skin deep. You can't achieve anti-aging through a skin cream, a piece of fitness equipment, or even a vitamin pill (not yet, at least). Anti-aging medical care involves a regimen incorporating multiple elements of scientifically based age-reversal medical interventions administered under the guidance of a trained anti-aging physician or health professional.
To start making sense of the anti-aging phenomenon, we encourage you to read The New Anti-Aging Revolution. Authored by Drs. Klatz and Goldman, founders of the science of anti-aging medicine, this book provides an introduction to this new medical specialty. From nutritional supplementation to hormone replacement therapy, exercise to diet, The New Anti-Aging Revolution explains the basics involved in the anti-aging lifestyle. Once you understand all of the diverse options available to help you look, feel, and act younger, you are able to wisely choose a physician or health professional who will craft a customized program that fits your medical needs.
Anti-aging medicine is a clinical specialty that extends the concept of preventive health care to embrace the very early detection, prevention, and reversal of aging-related diseases, coupled with the aggressive yet gentle disease treatment. Anti-aging medicine has accelerated the pace of advancements in health promotion and prevention, and is the most important new model for health care for this new millennium. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take full advantage of all that the anti-aging medical revolution can offer.