What is Age Management Medicine
Age management medicine is a comprehensive preventative approach to the aging process. It means taking a proactive stance to preserving optimal physical and mental function and quality of life by the individual experiencing the degenerative signs of aging. Certified age management medicine specialists focus on providing the highest quality of customized, personal care to their clients. Each patient is evaluated based on extensive medical history, lifestyle assessment, physical examination and blood work. Along with appropriate medical prescriptions, treatment plans include nutritional analysis and dietary recommendations, stress management, exercise routines and supplementation.
Age management medicine has been around since the mid 1990s as an emerging specialty for medical doctors, the most notable program being world-renowned Cenegenics. Physicians are trained in a comprehensive, medical evidence-based program of care. One of the primary focus areas is hormone optimization. When hormone levels fall as part of the aging process, people experience symptoms that are considered “normal” such as low energy, insomnia, weight gain, loss of lean muscle mass, reduced libido and forgetfulness. Age management medicine takes the preventative approach that normal is not optimal and being able to bring hormones safely to the levels that are “normal” for a man or woman much younger is optimal.
Age Management Medicine
The medical studies and research continues to support the evidence that optimizing hormones using bio identical hormone replacement therapy results in not only a reversal of the majority of the afore mentioned symptoms of aging, but reduces the risk of developing a wide variety of diseases and serious medical conditions, including heart disease, osteoporosis, a variety of cancers, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and more. The goal is not only to live more years, but to continue those years with a high quality of life and vitality. That is why certified age management physicians regularly monitor their patients’ levels through laboratory blood work so that adjustments can be made to meet each individual’s needs.
The biggest challenge to this emerging specialty is the lack of acceptance and coverage by health insurance companies and Medicare. While some companies will cover the cost of blood work (labs) and prescriptions, the majority do not cover this form of preventative care. Those considering age management medicine must cover the costs of the program or doctor visits out of pocket, and annual costs can vary greatly depending on area.
Dr. Harry Collins is a board certified OB/GYN; he worked with female hormone replacement therapy during almost 30 years in private practice – after retiring from service in the United States Army. Dr. Collins decided to pursue his certification in Age Management Medicine from Cenegenics after experiencing the life-changing program himself and wanting to bring the benefits of age management medicine back to his home in Savannah. His years of hands-on medical experience combined with his Cenegenics training make him the premier expert in hormone replacement therapy in Savannah, Hilton Head, and surrounding areas. For more information on age management medicine, please feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.