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What is aging?

Written by: Dr. Fred Harvey, MD

We all have a mental image of what we consider aging to be, but I prefer a simple definition: gradual loss of function over time. Chronic illness is the major cause of aging. Illness causes oxidative stress, inflammation, hormone imbalances, insulin resistance, infection, allergy, and disruption of the microbiome. Things that produce chronic illness such as environmental toxins also cause aging as does psychological stress.

When we talk about aging, we need to address both the lifespan and the health span. Lifespan is the amount of time you are alive. Health span is the amount of time you are alive in a vibrant state of health. This leads us to differentiate between biological age and chronological age. Often, we see that chronic illness has accelerated the aging process such that the actual biological age is older than the expected chronological age. Consider that 80% of Americans over 65 have at least one chronic illness and many people have several. In America, the 65+ age group has 58% hypertension, 47% high cholesterol, 31% arthritis, 29% coronary heart disease and 27% diabetes.

There are markers that we can use to evaluate the biologic age such as telomere length, which is the length of the protective end cap on the end of your DNA. Other markers include insulin resistance associated with diabetes, sperm count reduction, bone loss, altered hormone balance and withdrawal, and genomic instability. Functional medicine addresses the issue of biologic agent.

Functional Medicine is age management medicine. We look for dysfunction before a disease develops to avoid a developing disease and preserve aging. I have patients whose biological age is younger than their chronological age because they are invested in their health and apply functional medicine proactive planning and intervention to create vibrant health and optimal function.

It is never too late to plan for and improve your health. At the Harvey Center for Integrative, my team is prepared and eager to transform patient health. A functional medicine consultation is the place to begin. In our initial consultation we dive deep into the patient’s prior history and review medical records related to the current health issues. We obtain valuable new information through examination and testing to decide the best course of action in promoting individualized optimal health. Health coaching can assist in implementing necessary lifestyle changes and nutritional programs, the foundation of vibrant health. For more information, please contact The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine located at 3982 Bee Ridge Road, Ste J, Sarasota, FL 34233. Phone #941-929-9355 Fred Harvey, MD doc@harveycenter.com

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