Aging is a fact of life. Despite the inevitable, we all strive to maintain good health, strong muscles, an efficient immune system, a sharp mind and a healthy brain.
Hormones obviously work at peak capacity in our younger years. How awesome would it be if we could retain that biological efficiency throughout our lives?
Regenerative medicine has the potential to improve our mood, lessen pain and improve our sex drives as we age.
Long-term ailments such as tennis elbow, arthritis, ACL tears—even hair loss, facial collagen loss and diminishing sexual performance—can potentially benefit from regenerative medicine. Even dentists use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat dental issues and help patients recover from surgery. It’s important to note that, if you have a chronic illness, PRP treatments won’t be a cure. They are used in addition to other, higher-priority treatments such as physical therapy and medication recommended by your physician.
Episode 39 is the second part of our two-part series on regenerative medicine, with a focus on anti-aging and hormone replacement. Listen in and hear details on the fascinating world of anti-aging regenerative medicine from Dr. G and his guest, board-certified emergency medicine physician Scott Yilk, MD.
Myths vs. Facts
“You cannot reverse aging.” - Fact
We can’t reverse aging, but we’re trying to slow it down.
“Longevity is mostly in the genes.” - Fact
But longevity genes aren’t the sole influence on aging, as lifestyle choices can also influence how quickly you age.
“Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is for women only.” - Myth
Hormone replacement therapy can be beneficial for males and females. If older men can boost their testosterone levels to the same levels they had in their 20s, they will have less joint pain, a better sex drive and a better mood. Females experience the same results, along with fewer hot flashes.
“For many women, the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks.” - Fact
But it’s important that everyone talks to their doctor about whether hormone replacement therapy is right for them individually.
“HRT is only beneficial for severe symptoms.” - Myth
Optimizing hormone levels can eliminate a lot of problems, including minor issues.
“There’s only one type of hormone replacement.” - Myth
There are different forms of hormone replacement, including injections, creams and patches.
Listener healthy OH-YEAH!
“You can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself first.” – A.K.