Instead of correcting ongoing pathological conditions, Anti-Aging Medicine acts preventively.
Many people throughout the years have asked us what Anti-Aging Medicine stands for? Is it esthetical surgery? Plastic surgery? Or maybe cosmetics? Maybe is something related with Geriatrics? In truth, Anti-Aging Medicine in none of the above.
Nevertheless, these questions are quite natural and predictable since Anti-Aging Medicine is practically an unknown science in Portugal. As so, we will try to clarify in the most objective way possible, the real purpose of this medical field.
This medical specialty was born 20 years ago as a movement in the United States of America, by the hands of 12 doctors. These physicians idealized a notion regarding health in a way that was entirely new at that time. Their views and thoughts were based in the assumption that in order to maintain health, one cannot passively wait for the coming of lesions or pathologies.
So a new paradigm came through, one that consisted in specific actions of prevention in the lives of these people, long before pathologies had time to manifest. The implicit idea to this new approach was the intervention upon the basic causes of aging, instead of minimizing its consequences.
Another major factor that propelled this movement was the financial one. Currently in the United States of America (US) there are more than 100 million people that endure some kind of treatment or medication to minimize de effects and hindrances of the so called aging related diseases, most of them seen as “unavoidable”.
In the first decade of the year 2000, this reality generated an annual healthcare cost of 780 thousand millions of dollars. This exorbitant value was only destined to make these 100 million people to stay alive, notwithstanding the poor and sometimes even absent quality of life. The outcome of applying these costs based in this kind of presumption is now well known – The US health care system is broke and in an accentuated degradation.
Anti-Aging, the 21st century medicine
This scenario impelled a revolutionary way of doing medicine, one that brings together new knowledge and available therapies in the areas of biotechnology, genetics, medical laser, biorobotics, nutrition, physical activity and hormonal modulation.
The proposal that we offer at the Clínica do Poder is one that gathers biologic, metabolic and hormonal parameters in individuals with more than 40 years old, in order to bring them closer to the levels of a 22 year old healthy person. It is in this age that the human being reaches his performance apogee and, as such, starts his aging process.
Anti-Aging Medicine cannot stop time. What it can do is delay the biological clock and substantially reduce the acceleration of aging. This way it minimizes the likelihood of pathologies by replacing and receiving the feedstocks that are necessary and indispensable for human balance to prevail. As so, Anti-Aging Medicine is the medicine of the future.
What we know as disease is a consequence of adding (and empowering) gradual, chronic and cumulative needs of basic feedstock that the human body requires to function perfectly, together with chronic and cumulative process of intoxication.
This way of promoting health became a world renowned field of medicine and today, 20 years past, it is present in all developed countries.
Thousands of doctors, researchers and renown scientists are involved in this, some of them are laureates of the Nobel Prize of Medicine like Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, Jack W. Szoztack with their study presented in 2009 of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.
Another important difference resides in the qualification and training process. Due to its rapid growth and recognition, Anti-Aging Medicine has won in recent years the statute of Medical Specialty. Medical training in this specific area is still non-existent in Portugal, which means that the physician interested in practicing this sort of medicine is forced to find his training outside the country.