Anti-Aging Medicine FAQsSERVING BEVERLY HILLS AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
What is Anti-Aging Medicine?
A. Anti-aging medicine, or Age Management, is an extension of preventive health care. It is the future model of health care for the new millennium. This medical specialty incorporates nutrition, exercise, cosmetic medicine, hormone modulation, lifestyle strategies, and more. The ultimate goal is to help patients gain vibrant health and beauty.
Anti-aging medicine is the “optimum” of wellness. It employs extensive preventive health care therapies and treatments that far exceed routine cholesterol testing and mammograms. Today, a profound paradigm shift is taking place, and it is dramatically changing the way today’s medical establishment views aging and age-related disease. Dr. Berger has been a strong influence in this shift and is proud to offer his patients a full range of anti-aging, holistic treatments. At Rejuvalife Vitality Institute we aim to create beauty that shows…age that doesn’t!
(Courtesy of The American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine)
What is preventative medicine?
A. Our philosophy and primary goal at Rejuvalife is intervention and prevention. This promotes optimal health and beauty and minimizes the occurrence of chronic illness, age-related disease, hospitalization and the use of prescribed medications now and in the future.
Life keeps us all so busy that we often forget to take care of ourselves or regularly see the doctor as a preventive measure. Many times, we seek help only when we are truly ill. This cannot be allowed to happen. Health and wellness requires time and management in order to benefit from “preventive” medicine.
For instance, if you were a smoker and knew that your continued smoking would cause lung cancer, would you stop? If your car’s brakes are squeaking or leaking oil, would you take the car in to be serviced? Each of these is a preventive and interventional measure. Frequent published reports have compared the regularity of Californians providing preventive car service versus their own medical health services. You already know the answer. We ignore our own bodies and prefer to take care of our cars instead.
Anti Aging Medicine is based on very early detection, prevention and delaying of age-related disease. If you have had your cholesterol tested, taken a lipid-lowering drug, had a mammogram, or taken HRT with thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, melatonin, or DHEA, you have experienced anti-aging medicine. Almost 90% of all adult illness is due to the degenerative processes of aging. This includes heart disease, most cancers, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease, glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s. With early detection and appropriate intervention, most of these diseases can be prevented, cured, or have their progression slowed.
At Rejuvalife we strive for long-term, total wellness. Our Anti Aging Program is truly a unique combination of non surgical cosmetic treatments blended with age management medicine. This higher standard sets us apart and people travel from all over the world to experience life-changing health and beauty. Your experience becomes a process and a partnership rather than a single event. Learn more about cosmetic treatments and our Anti Aging Program.
What is Interventional Endocrinology?
Interventional Endocrinology is used to evaluate and monitor the levels of all hormones such as thyroid, testosterone, estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, DHT, growth hormone, IGF-1, and others to ensure that they are all present and at healthy levels. Achieving and maintaining balanced hormones requires consistent effort, monitoring, and supervision to ensure safety and quality of care. Learn more about testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and Growth Hormone.
How does an anti-aging preventive medicine practice like Rejuvalife Vitality Institute differ from traditional medical practices?
Dr. Berger, Medical Director at Rejuvalife Vitality Institute, brings a specific customized approach to health, beauty, and wellbeing. At Rejuvalife, we guide and direct you toward safe and effective solutions with all the proven medical, alternative, and cosmetic therapies available. Dr. Berger evaluates and considers all elements that contribute to your synergistic health such as hormone modulation, stress reduction, low glycemic index, nutrition, appropriate nutritional supplementation, adequate sleep, physical exercise, cosmetic rejuvenation, and self esteem. His approach joins these elements to extend the useful years of one’s life, “health-span,” and to enhance the quality of those years, “life-span.” His goal is twofold: to add more years to your life and more life to your years.
Do you follow accepted medical procedures?
Yes. At Rejuvalife Vitality Institute, we follow standard medical procedures for both testing and treatments, but we do more.
What do hormones have to do with aging?
Biologically, all hormones are interrelated. They must be present in their proper amounts and work together harmoniously to postpone the aging process. One way to accomplish this is through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which helps to regain youthful levels of vital hormones. With HRT, we can restore muscle loss, reduce body fat, increase bone density, improve mental speed and clarity, improve your vitality, enhance sexual function, elevate mood and energy levels, increase aerobic capacity and immune function, boost skin thickness, tone and moisture, reduce wrinkles, and improve one’s outlook on life, without the aid of conventional hormones and aggressive medications. While we may or may not be able to increase longevity, we are able to prevent premature disability and increase your quality of life. Learn more about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Does Insurance cover anti-aging medicine?
No. Anti-aging medicine is considered preventive. Health insurance is actually disease oriented insurance and will not cover anti-aging preventive medicine. In spite of this we are able to focus our program entirely on you without consideration of third parties and time constraints. We maintain complete confidentiality and are not constrained by limits set to maximize insurance company profits. We work for you, not them.
Can we delay the onset of degenerative disease?
We have the knowledge, technology and expertise to delay the onset of degenerative disease including the visible and internal signs and symptoms of aging. We start with a comprehensive evaluation designed to understand your metabolism, endocrine system, and overall physiology. The answers to aging do not lie in “magic” pills or potions, but rather in the comprehensive knowledge of each person’s unique needs. We identify deficiencies and correctly address them through an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan that will allow and enable optimal performance.
What are Hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream to transmit “messages” from glands to cells regarding growth, development, and energy. Hormones that are “in balance” enable your body to function optimally. Aging causes a natural decline in hormonal levels. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help to restore levels to their optimal concentration.
Hormones are produced in the endocrine glands called the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, and pancreas. Men also produce hormones in their testes, and women in their ovaries. Having too much or too little of a certain hormone can affect the body’s growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, and mood.
What are Bio-Identical Hormones
Bio-Identical Hormones include: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, pregnenolone, and human growth hormone (HGH). Their molecular structure is identical to those made by our bodies, and they are both safe and more effective than synthetic hormones. HGH is critical to maintaining youth and provides nearly every cell in the body with the ability to grow and repair itself. By age 30, the amount of HGH is reduced by 50% and by age 50 HGH has diminished to significantly lower levels. “The decline of hormones may cause critical consequences,” explains Dr. Berger. Among the most significant are increases in cardiovascular deaths, obesity, skin wrinkling and thinning, loss of libido, and osteoporosis.
We recommend natural and bio-identical hormones when applicable. Bio-identical hormones are custom-mixed formulas containing various hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally made by your body. These hormones are able to follow normal metabolic pathways so that essential active metabolites are formed in response to hormone replacement therapy. Learn more about bio-identical hormones.Learn more about Bio-Identical Hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and human growth hormone (HGH).
Q. Are Bio-Identical Hormones safe?
No two women are alike, and the value of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is that it can be adapted to fit your individual body and hormone levels. In fact, hormones can be made in a variety of strengths and dosage forms including capsules, topical creams and gels, suppositories, and sublingual torches or lozenges. Today, women using natural bio-identical hormones can start and maintain a natural hormone replacement regimen that closely mimics what her body has been doing naturally for years.
What is Human Growth Hormone (HGH)?
The decline of human growth hormone (HGH) that often comes with the aging process may cause consequences. The most significant consequences include: an increase in cardiovascular deaths, obesity, osteoporosis, mental confusion, and a decrease in immune system function. The good news is that in patients with a diagnosis of Adult Human Growth Hormone Deficiency, human growth hormone replacement therapy may improve these conditions significantly. Learn more about human growth hormone (HGH).
Traditional Hormones vs. Natural Hormones?
Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that circulate throughout the bloodstream to specific target cells where they generate biological responses. The interdependent relationship between adrenal function and sex hormones has a profound effect on many organ systems. Women have traditionally used “synthetic” estrogens and progestins (traditional HRT) to protect against osteoporosis and heart disease. These “synthetic” hormones offer some protection against heart disease and osteoporosis but also cause many unwanted side effects. Because of these side effects, many women abandon traditional HRT very soon after starting. This has led to a strong interest in the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
What is Compounding?
Compounding is the preparation of medicine by a pharmacist, for an individual patient, according to a doctor’s prescription. As every woman is unique, our approach is for the patient, pharmacist, and doctor to work together to customize hormone replacement therapy.
What is Menopause?
Menopause refers to that time in every woman’s life when menstruation ceases completely, usually in the early 50s. Leading up to menopause, a woman’s ovaries slowly decrease their output of estrogen and progesterone. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row.
In addition to diminished levels of estrogen and progesterone, testosterone and growth hormone are also reduced during menopause. As these key hormone levels diminish, profound growth and metabolism changes occur that negatively affect the breasts, vagina, bones, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, cardiovascular system, skin, brain, and energy levels. Learn more about menopause, estrogen and testosterone.
What Symptoms can I expect during menopause?
In addition to signifying the end of a woman’s ability to have children, declines in these female hormones affect the entire endocrine system. Every woman is an individual, but there are a number of side effects that can generally be anticipated. Though some side effects may be considered temporary nuisances to be “toughed out”, the reality is that the decline of a woman’s hormonal levels result in changes that can seriously affect her health.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal/urinary tract changes
- Loss of libido
- Emotional changes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Dry, wrinkled skin
At Rejuvalife our approach is always holistic and as natural as possible.
Please contact Rejuvalife Vitality Institute using the form at the right side of the page or call 310.856.9173 today to schedule your anti-aging consultation. Dr. Andre Berger serves patients in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California.
Written by Dr. Andre Berger