Age Management and Anti-aging include caring for your skin as well. The 2 most effective ways to prevent your skin from prematurely aging are: 1. Don’t smoke 2. Avoid overexposure to the sun (while still maintaining optimal Vitamin D levels) For the face, The Body Well Esthetician Shani Darden recommends a simple skin care program using: A) gentle cleanser B) exfoliator C) toner D) quality retinol product E) moisturizer Stay away from alcohol-based products as they are excessively drying. Exfoliation is key because excess dead skin cells need to be removed before any moisturizer will penetrate the skin. Retinol products will also help slow the development of fine lines and wrinkles as well as brown spots. Shani also does custom facials at The Body Well.
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a vital component of the human endocrine system. It is secreted by the pituitary gland, a small gland located at the base of the brain that produces several hormones. In childhood and adolescence this hormone is necessary to promote growth in height. In adulthood, its presence leads to a healthier body composition and is responsible for such important jobs such as: Keeping your body lean Decreasing fat accumulation Strengthening your bones Protecting your organs from the decline that occurs with age Promoting more rapid hair and nail growth Improving circulation Giving a more favorable cholesterol profile Helping protect you from the consequences of aging Unfortunately, natural production of HGH declines as you get older. This progressive deficiency, beginning for most in our 20s, leads to … Read More
There are many different theories of how and why we age. The Free-Radical Theory of Aging, first proposed by Denham Harman in the 1950s, is just one of them. While probably not the only valid theory, there is strong evidence to suggest it is at least a significant player in the aging process and therefore warrants discussion in any anti-aging, age management and hormonal optimization program. In short, the Free-Radical Theory of Aging states that humans (and other organisms) age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. Free Radicals are nasty little byproducts of chemical reactions using oxygen in the body. They are deficient in energy so they “steal” energy from other cells, damaging them in the process. As cells, and more specifically cellular DNA, are damaged, your body … Read More
Telomere length gives us a unique view of how your cells are aging. Knowing this can help you decide how aggressive your anti-aging program should be. Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. Think of the plastic tip of shoelaces, protecting the shoelace. Telomeres protect chromosomes in the same way. As a cell ages, its telomeres become shorter. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication, the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die – a normal biological process. Telomere testing measures the ‘biological age’ of your cells. It is one of the newest advancements in age management and anti-aging. It’s a simple blood test. Telomere testing determines the length of … Read More
Live the life you deserve, beginning today! Are you beginning to lose your edge? Feeling less energetic? Gaining weight around the middle despite your best efforts? Is your skin less supple and smooth, becoming more wrinkled? Your libido and sexual performance declining? Do you wish you could look and feel vital, active, and youthful again? I was experiencing these symptoms and feeling this way, beginning in my early 30s. I didn’t know what the problem and despite being a physician, didn’t know where to turn. In my years of practicing medicine in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, these were some of the most common complaints brought to me by my patients. I realized that along with the symptoms of aging they were experiencing, they were also becoming at increased risk … Read More