Age Management Medicine is often referred to as the science of living younger, better, and longer. The primary objective of Age Management Medicine is to target all preventable personal health risk factors, stave off age related degenerative diseases, and optimize your body composition for a healthier, more robust sense of well-being. All of us know someone who has died prematurely from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease. As most of us are already well aware, many of these diseases are preventable. Scientists have developed several different theories for why we age, including chronic inflammatory diets, accumulation of genetic mutations in our cells, progressive atherosclerosis, DNA damage and loss of telomeres, and more recently, declining hormone levels. The neuroendocrine theory of aging states: We age because our hormones decline, rather than our hormones decline because we age.
Our hormones reach maximum levels in our early twenties and then begin a slow steady decline after age 30. Hormones act as chemical messengers throughout our body and serve to mediate our response to stress, infectious diseases, our growth and body composition, and our sexual function. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that individuals who die prematurely of heart disease and other degenerative diseases have lower levels of various hormones. Studies have also demonstrated the converse, that individuals who live long, healthy, and robust lives are more likely to have higher levels of various hormones.
Most of us do not begin to notice the effects of declining hormone levels until our late forties and early fifties. For men, the decline in testosterone and other sex hormones is known as andropause, the male equivalent of menopause. Symptoms commonly experienced by men include loss of libido and sexual performance, increased body fat, loss of energy, unexplained depression, forgetfulness, and loss of drive. Testosterone deficiency has also been linked to hypertension and increased risk of heart disease. Hormone levels can be improved by adopting a low glycemic, high protein anti-inflammatory diet, increasing your resistance and anaerobic exercise as well as supplementation with bio-identical hormones. Men, if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with male androgen deficiency, see your doctor and make an appointment with an Age Management Medicine specialist.
For more information, call Dr. Jason Toth, M.D., M.S., at (310) 200-3754 or visit www.stayfitforever.com.