Youthful Aging

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 »

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 »

Natural Rejuvenation with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelets are specialized cells that circulate in a relatively low concentration in your blood.  They are critical to healing injured or damaged tissue.  Platelets clump together to form a blood clot at the site of damaged tissue.  They also release growth factors and other cytokines that get the healing process underway by promoting tissue repair and new blood vessel formation. 

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is produced by taking your blood in a special tube and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red and white blood cells.  The resulting plasma is highly concentrated with platelets and can be re-injected where healing and/or rejuvenation is needed.  A key component in the healing process is increased blood flow to the area.  The growth factors and cytokines released from your platelets accomplish this by dilating existing blood vessels and creating new ones via a process called angiogenesis. 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 »

Is Your Performance Sagging?

Posted on 24. Mar, 2013 by drebanks in Bioidentical hormones, Blog, Executives' Health, Men's Health, Youthful Aging

An executive came to see me, at first reporting difficulties maintaining his grueling work schedule. During our initial consultation he confided that he was also very concerned about extra weight he couldn’t lose and a drop off in his ability to perform sexually.  He attributed it to stress.  While stress may have been a factor, I found several correctable physical issues including low testosterone.  After several months of treatment his confidence, energy, enthusiasm and sexual prowess were restored.

Whether it is a decline in athletic performance, feeling less dynamic and productive at work or suffering the diminished sexual stamina that frequently happens after age 40, no one wants to feel like their best days are behind them.  Too often you are told that “you are just getting old, it happens to everyone”.  If you complain to your doctor, you may end up with prescriptions for an anti-depressant, sleeping pill and Viagra.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  If you feel like you’ve lost your edge, have less energy, feel less motivated with a lower sex drive and more belly fat, your testosterone levels might be low.  I am sure you have seen the commercials on TV for “low T”.  Do they describe you? Read the rest of this entry »

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