OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
Given the surge of the aging population in modern societies, one of the most important health care needs is successful aging with less frailty and dependency.
In seems like for the past 10 to 15 years a new anti aging practice appears on every street corner, promising to retarding or even stop and reverse the effects of aging on the human body.
One of the cornerstones of anti-aging medicine is hormone replacement therapy. At present, women live one third of their lives in a state of sex-hormone deficiency. Men are also subject to age-related testosterone decline, but andropause remains frequently under-diagnosed and under-treated.
Due to the decline of hormone production from gonads in both sexes, the importance of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in steroid hormone production increases with age. DHEA levels decrease with age in both sexes.
Skin aging as well as decreases in lean body mass, bone mineral density, sexual desire and erectile function, intellectual activity and mood have all been related to a decrease of hormone production with age.
Disagreements exist between recommendations from medical and scientific societies and the actual use of hormone supplements in aging and elderly patients.
But one can no longer argue that a decline in an individuals hormone levels directly affect the aging process and age-related diseases such as sarcopenia and falls, osteoporosis, cognitive decline, mood disorders, cardiovascular health and sexual activity. Deceased levels do affect of of the disease states mentioned.
However, methods exist that when utilized under the care of a health provider who specializes in natural healing can be just as effective in disease regression without the dangers of “medical” hormone replacement therapy. Physicians are trained to treat disease. I cannot define aging as a “disease.”
We argue on future perspectives of such protocols as part of everyday practice but done naturally when possible and not immediately with dangerous hormone replacement prescription drugs.
Yours in Health!
Dr. Ken Romeo
Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research Foundation (HARF) in Reno, NV.
Though each article contained on this Blog is derived from published Clinical and Research data contained in various national and international databases with links provided,
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