Hair Regrowth for the New Year

Hair plays a significant role in our society. It is associated with youthfulness and beauty in women and virility and masculinity in men.  But nearly 80 million people – men and women – struggle with hair loss.  True, baldness has become somewhat of a popular option for men and some embrace their baldness.  But it should be no surprise that hair loss can make many men and women feel self-conscious. The causes of hair loss are varied, and include heredity, disease, hormones and stress.  The good news is there are more solutions for treating hair loss than ever so nearly everyone that wants it can have a full head of hair. 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 »

Recapture Your Youth

Posted on 22. Sep, 2011 by drebanks in Blog, Cancer, Exercise, healthy aging, Nutrition, Preventive Wellness, stress, Youthful Aging

Healthy aging is a topic that gets more and more vital each year.  More than 40 million Americans are 65 years old or greater and the proportion the U.S. population over 65 is anticipated to keep increasing.  Human lifespans are now at the longest they have ever been but more and more are questioning the best ways to ensure the quality of those extra years.

Aging is a complex process with many contributing environmental and genetic factors.  While a person’s lifespan is not absolutely programmed into their genes, longevity is dependent on genetic mechanisms.  This means that a doctor can’t run a genetic test to see what age you will live to, but they can see how well or poorly you are aging on a genetic level.  The damage that we accumulate through our lives is reflected in certain areas of our genes, and these areas in turn shape the ability of our cells to continue to function.

These genetic keys to aging are called telomeres.  Read the rest of this entry »

Too Young To Have A Stroke? R.I.P Nate Dogg

Posted on 18. Mar, 2011 by drebanks in Exercise, Heart Disease, Obesity, stress, Type-2 Diabetes

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and it is the number one cause of serious, long-term disability. Most of us think about strokes as a condition affecting the elderly.  While it is true that the vast majority of strokes occur after age 65, recent statistics point to a troubling trend among young to middle aged people.  The incidence of stroke is increasing at the highest rate among the 40 to 60 year old segment of the population.  Currently, nearly 1 in 4 strokes occur before age 65.  Are you at risk? Read the rest of this entry »

How Long Do You Want To Live?

Posted on 27. Jan, 2011 by drebanks in Blog, Exercise, healthy aging, Longevity, Nutrition, Preventive Wellness, stress, Youthful Aging

Many of us are fascinated by stories of unusual longevity.  It seems every television network has some variation of a segment celebrating birthdays at or around 100 years old.  Perhaps it is because those over the century mark are one of the fastest growing segments of the United States population.  So often, getting to triple digits, living longer, and being the oldest kid on the block seems to be our obsession.  We like thinking about how long we want to live, rather than how well we want to live.  Is there a way to do both – live well, and live long? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do We Age?

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 by drebanks in Blog, Cancer, Exercise, Longevity, Obesity, Preventive Wellness, stress, Youthful Aging

Incredible scientific discoveries that will change the way we look at aging and disease have been unfolding during the early 21st century.  The secrets for healthy, youthful aging, while clearly influenced by our behavior, appear to be rooted in mechanisms at the molecular level of our cells.  In 1990, the journal Nature published a ground­breaking article based on something called the telomere. It changed forever our under­standing of the aging process.  Last year, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to scientists for their discoveries of the role of telomeres, and the enzyme telomerase, in aging, cancer and chronic diseases.  But are telomeres the whole story? Read the rest of this entry »

Fight or Flight?

Posted on 24. Jul, 2010 by drebanks in Blog, Preventive Wellness, stress, Youthful Aging

It’s 4:30 on Friday afternoon.  You are thinking about your plans for the upcoming long weekend when you get an email from your boss.  They need to see you right away about something, but they don’t say what.    What do they want to see you about this late in the day?  Is it about the rumored layoffs everyone’s been talking about?  Suddenly, your heart starts pounding, your palms become sweaty, your mouth feels dry, and your face feels hot.  Say hello to your fight-or-flight response.

 All mammals have a fight-or-flight response when under stress.  This makes sense from an evolutionary sense – animals that didn’t react to danger didn’t leave behind descendents.  As Stanford University neuro-endocrinologist Robert Sapolsky says, “If you’re a normal mammal, what stress is about is three minutes of screaming terror on the savannah, after which either its over with or you’re over with.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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