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Anti-Aging Medicine – Optimizing Hormonal Balance

By Scott Kempton, MD

Anti-Aging MedicineWhat is Anti-Aging
and Regenerative Medicine?
Anti-Aging medicine is a clinical specialty founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the prevention, early detection, treatment and reversal of age-related dysfunction and disease. Anti-aging medicine is based on the scientific principles of evidence-based medicine. It is innovative science and research to improve health and longevity.

Essentially, it is a strong focus on disease prevention using the latest scientific evidence and technology. This includes, but is not limited to, optimizing your nutrition, sleep hygiene, individualized exercise regimens, lifestyle habits, stress management, relaxation therapy and hormonal balance. Each of these categories has a significant effect on the aging process as well as the disease process. For now, let’s focus on hormonal balance.

Hormonal Balance
To be complete, it is necessary to address all the categories to optimize hormonal balance and in doing so the individual may lessen the need for hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). However, at some point in the aging process, the need for hormonal therapy will arise for many people and should be addressed appropriately.

There are many hormones in the human body. These hormones affect our mood, energy levels, metabolism and our quality of life. There is a “hormonal symphony” going on in each of us and it must be carefully conducted to achieve balance. Without this balance, the individual will not feel or be healthy. Of the many hormones involved, testosterone is one of the most important in both men and women.

Low testosterone levels will cause serious signs of declining health in men and women to include
depression, anxiety, fatigue, loss of muscle mass, increased body fat, decreased bone density, mood changes and hair loss. In men, it will also cause erectile dysfunction, low libido, chronic pain
intolerance as well as many other symptoms. Low testosterone also increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.

Although there have been concerns over testosterone therapy recently, these were spurred on by questionable media coverage of poorly done research which was quickly discounted by experts in the field of HRT due to very poor study designs. There are many well-done studies showing not only the safety of appropriately prescribed and monitored therapy, but significant health benefits as well.

Recommendations include doing your own research before seeing your doctor. And when seeing your physician, you may find that many have become uncomfortable with HRT and tend to avoid prescribing and appropriately monitoring the therapy.

Achieve an Overall Sense of Well-Being
Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine physicians are specifically trained to prescribe physiologic doses of HRT and to appropriately dose, monitor and adjust hormonal therapy to achieve a balance that will deliver an overall sense of well-being.

If you have a concern and feel you may be a candidate for HRT, see your doctor. And if you would like a consultation for evaluation and treatment, come see us. You can also visit us at myMosaicJourney.com/appointments or call 816.569.1480.

Scott Kempton, MD
Dr. Kempton is a physician with over 20 years of experience. He is a passionate advocate of both Paleo and Primal lifestyles, utilizing food as medicine in each patient experience. His dedication to providing evidence-based medicine to each client has resulted in extensive training in Functional Medicine and the completion of his board certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Kempton’s incorporation of genetic counseling, personalized nutrition and exercise therapy to improve health, reverse disease and minimize the use of prescription drugs has earned him the respect and loyalty of patients and peers at Mosaic Life Care.

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