What is Anti-Aging Medicine and Functional Medicine?
Anti-Aging Medicine is the ultimate form of preventative health care. It is evidence and science based medicine which focuses on early detection and prevention of age related illnesses as well as reversal or stabilization of an illness. Currently, only 5 % of our health care dollars are spent on prevention and thus a cause of rising health care costs. 90% of all illness are due to age related illnesses and include heart disease, osteoarthritis, cancers, diabetes, glaucoma, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, stroke and Alzheimer's disease. In order to achieve this goal, anti aging medicine utilizes functional medicine.
Functional medicine is also a science based approach that searches for the underlying causes of illness. Functional medicine evaluates the body as a whole, with special attention to the relationship of one body system to another and the nutrient imbalances and toxic overload that may adversely affect these relationships.
People often have imbalances in the body, that may be due to hormonal, nutritional or toxin exposures that create an environment of 'dis-ease'. This in turns allows illnesses to develop. Functional medicine is a comprehensive model that focuses on the complex interaction between genes and environment and offers individualized therapies designed to restore health, balance and improve function. A search for underlying causes is the focus rather than treatment of symptoms.