The majority of all adult illness is due to degenerative processes, also known as the progressive impairment of both the structure and function of part of the body with aging. This includes most cancers, adult onset diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, neurologic illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, in addition to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease, and glaucoma. Early detection can thwart off many of these diseases. With proper nutritional assessment in addition to other screening tests for environmental exposures the aging process can be slowed and related disease can potentially be prevented.
The optimum approach to health and longevity is prevention which goes beyond routine screenings. Age management medicine, also referred to, somewhat inappropriately as “Anti-Aging medicine”, is based on the very early detection, prevention, and partial reversal of age-related diseases. Although the standardized testing for diabetes, heart disease, breast and prostate cancers are important; there are more answers to be found with an integrative approach in reviewing all facets of well being, which would include nutritional and environmental influences on health.
Over the last 100 years people are living twice as long as they once had and medical interventions have been developed to sustain a person’s life, though prolonged life does not always imply quality of life. There is a new awareness in prevention, although the general community has much more to learn than the standardized approach to the routine physical exam as a means of detecting illness and preventing disease. Life style changes are required in addition to being aware of high levels of chemical we are exposed to on a daily basis. Learning how these environmental influences impact our health is worth the time investingment in order to help prevent some of the illnesses associated with the aging process.
The Center for Wellness is at the forefront in educating and investigating an indivuals risks for disease by using only the best evidence-based medicine in conjuction with a biochemical approach to assessing potential illess. An integrative approach to health while utilizing effective nutritional interventions and other treatments will lend to further disease prevention and improving overall health and wellness.