Preventive Wellness

Blood Test Can Predict Cancer

Posted on 18. May, 2015 by drebanks in Blog, Cancer, healthy aging, Preventive Wellness, Youthful Aging

Imagine the day when a simple blood test could identify if you are at high risk for developing cancer in the future.  And, imagine that the risk could be identified far enough in advance that you could do something to reduce the risk and maybe never get that cancer.  Well, that day may be closer than you think. Read the rest of this entry »

Take This to Heart

Did you ever notice how we use the heart to describe almost everything about ourselves? It’s built into the way we talk. If you’re close to someone they’re “near to your heart.” You can want something “with all your heart.” If you say what you feel you “get to the heart of the matter.” When you’re happy and carefree you’re “young at heart,” and when you see something uplifting it “warms your heart.”  You can use it to paint a picture of almost anything good, happy and inspiring.  The heart is at the core of our health, wellbeing, fitness and love.  Sadly, diseases of the heart are collectively also the leading cause of death among men and women in the US and worldwide.  Fret not; 80-90% of heart or cardiovascular diseases are preventable. And contrary to popular beliefs, it has little to do with cholesterol or saturated fats. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Workout Smarter

It is a brand new year, and many of you have resolved to make 2015 a healthier and more productive year.   Changing the way you eat, exercise, and sleep along with other lifestyle choices can all impact your overall health, vitality and even longevity.  Losing weight and getting fit are two of the most common New Years’ resolutions and two of the most difficult to sustain.  Part of the problem is the vast amount of conflicting and often inaccurate information that is readily available.  More importantly, most of the “experts” are making generalized recommendations that may or may not be what you need.  Each of you is unique, and has unique requirements when it comes to fulfilling your body’s needs.  Understanding exactly what your body needs can help focus your efforts which will lead to better, more consistent results. Read the rest of this entry »

Medicine — As It Should Be

Like most, I consider the healthcare system in this country to be broken and getting worse.  It is not uncommon for a physician to see 30-40 patients per day and to have overall responsibility for a panel of 4000 or 5000 patients.  Why?  Because insurance companies reimburse based on volume, not efficiency or positive experiences.   Doctors must also comply with arcane rules and standards that may not translate into what is best for your health.  A large part of the problem is that the consumer of healthcare services has been separated from the payer of those services.  We seem to have forgotten that the true purpose of insurance is to protect against the relatively uncommon, unforeseen, expensive or catastrophic events.  That is how health insurance started out.  But we have now become accustomed to our health insurance covering everything, including routine primary and preventive care.  The solution is to reunite the payer and consumer of healthcare services.  This concept, referred to as concierge, membership, retainer, direct-pay or boutique medicine has been around for a while, but has become increasingly popular in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ultimate Gift

Now that we are in the midst of another holiday season when our thoughts turn to good tidings and well wishes, we also begin the often difficult task of deciding on the best gift for ourselves and loved ones.   Gifts for our kids tend to be fairly easy, since they usually want or “need” everything they see.  Where does that leave us, the adults?  Sure, there are plenty of clothes, gadgets or trinkets we can buy because we are feeling generous, prosperous or affluent.  But these aren’t the things that really matter.  For those we care about we don’t usually wish them a new iPod or new necklace, we wish them love, good health, and a long life.  But merely wishing for things does not make them happen.  Instead of just wishing for health and a long life, consider giving the gift that can help it come true. Read the rest of this entry »

When NO Means Yes!

Yes!  That is exactly what your answer would be if asked whether or not you wanted something that could improve your energy, stamina, heart health, immune function, mood, mental acuity and sexual satisfaction.  What one molecule can do all of that?  Nitric Oxide (NO), one of your body’s most important signaling molecules.  It is released as a gas that quickly sends signals through every cell, organ and system in your body.  NO signals arteries to relax and expand, immune cells to kill bacteria and cancer cells, and signals brain cells to communicate with each other.   NO is critical for overall optimal health but its most notable function is within the cardiovascular system where blood flow is vital. Read the rest of this entry »

Telomere Length and Anti-Aging

Posted on 4. Nov, 2013 by drebanks in healthy aging, Longevity, Media, Preventive Wellness, Video Blogs, Youthful Aging

Getting Younger Every Year

Posted on 3. Oct, 2013 by drebanks in Age Management, Blog, healthy aging, Longevity, Preventive Wellness, Youthful Aging

Within each of your cells there are pieces of DNA that determine how quickly you age.  These end caps on your chromosomes, called telomeres, were long thought to be junk-DNA since they did not code for any genes like the rest of the chromosomal DNA.  But in 2009, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three scientists who uncovered the role that telomeres play in aging and disease.  We now know that telomeres are essentially the biological clocks within the cell determining how quickly your cells are aging.  The shorter your telomeres, the older your cells and therefore your body behaves.  The length of your telomeres is also closely associated with your risk of developing chronic diseases, like heart disease, arthritis and cancer.  The good news is that your telomere length is not static; you can change it based on how you live your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

It should be very encouraging that the average cholesterol numbers for Americans has dropped over the last twenty years.  A recent study found that trend even in those that did not take cholesterol lowering drugs.  That was surprising to many experts considering the explosion in obesity during that same time period, and the presumed connection between excess dietary fats, excess body fat and blood cholesterol.  This good news must be tempered, however, by another alarming fact:  despite all the advances in medicine, statin drugs, stents and balloon angioplasties, and bypass surgery, heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans.  And, as our American lifestyle has been exported around the world, it has become the number one killer worldwide.  How can these seemingly inconsistent facts be reconciled? Read the rest of this entry »

Age Reversal and Longevity

Posted on 18. Sep, 2012 by drebanks in Blog, healthy aging, Longevity, Preventive Wellness, stress, Youthful Aging

It is an intriguing thought.  We live in a youth obsessed society.  Haven’t we all reminisced about the glory days gone bye and longed to take a few years off of life’s odometer?  As boomers age, they optimistically proclaim that 50 is the new 30 or 70 is the new 50.  Is that true or just wishful thinking?   Better nutrition, clean water, sanitation and medical advances have allowed us to live quite a bit longer than a century ago.  Following a healthy lifestyle can lessen the damage done by the aging process; that’s part of age management.  But recent discoveries now point the way to actually getting younger in the process.  Maybe now we can think about making 100 the new 50. Read the rest of this entry »

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