As the average life expectancy continues to rise, many of us are living longer, but we aren’t necessarily living better. Living well means more than just adding years to your life; it means making the most of those years.
Wellness and longevity medicine differs from traditional medicine in that it doesn’t seek to simply treat the symptoms of age-related illness or diseases, it seeks to treat the underlying conditions or even prevent them in the first place. Wellness and longevity medicine—as well as age management more broadly—combines interventions like nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle modifications to improve the length and quality of life for patients, addressing aging as a condition that can and should be treated.
The doctors at The Hormone Zone have been dedicated to longevity medicine since 2006, implementing a medical-based approach rooted in naturopathic care that helps realign your body with its natural course and function instead of fighting it, so you can live life more like you did when you were younger. We believe naturopathic medicine is the original wellness and aging medicine, and we’ve been at the forefront long before it became a fad. Our solutions combine the best in conventional and alternative medicine to help you regain and restore your best health for real, sustainable long-term results.
The Aging Process
Every body ages differently, and yours is unique in what it is experiencing and what it needs, but there are some generalities to the aging process that provide a good starting point for creating the plan that fits you best. There are five main indicators of biological aging, which begins to accelerate as we start to experience lower hormone production.
- Metabolic aging is associated with weight gain, high cholesterol, and diabetes as the body becomes less effective at burning calories and fat.
- Immune response changes as we age. An overactive response leads to autoimmune problems while an underactive response increases the risk of infection, inflammation, and illness, so finding and maintaining a balance is critical.
- Energy production is associated with reduced muscle mass, increased fatigue and lethargy, mood swings, and brain fog, and is often characterized by nutrient deficiencies as the body becomes less effective at absorbing them.
- Cellular regeneration, the body’s process of replacing or restoring old, missing, or damaged cells and tissue gradually begins to decline with age, leading to reduced function and health.
- Hormone imbalances are associated with myriad symptoms of aging, including decreased muscle mass and weight gain.
Eating well, exercising, and getting adequate sleep are all critical to healthy aging, but it’s not always enough. By relying on cutting-edge research in the science of aging, as well as technological and medical advancements, wellness and longevity solutions like customized health plans and preventive medicine can provide that little extra boost that takes your health from “just ok” to fully optimized, and at any age.
Wellness and Longevity Therapies at The Hormone Zone
Age management therapies at The Hormone Zone address all areas of biological aging simultaneously to produce optimal health. Before building your ideal health plan, we conduct extensive lab testing and a detailed medical history, as well as a unique blood panel for identifying the biomarkers of aging at a cellular level. By determining how your body is aging and at what rate, we are able to find areas where you can regain more efficient function, activate regeneration signals, and effectively slow the aging process.
Take control of your aging with wellness and longevity therapies such as:
Peptide therapy. Peptides are specific amino acid sequences that communicate with different parts of the body on the cellular level. Safe and well-tolerated, peptide therapy can help balance your hormones, boost the production of growth hormone production, and optimize your health. Peptide therapy can be used to treat or improve:
- Tissue, cellular, and DNA repair
- Insomnia, stress, or inflammatory disorders
- Sexual disorders, low libido, and erectile dysfunction
- Hormone regulation
- Fat loss and muscle building
Nutritional IVs and injectables. From immune building and gut health to stress reduction, energy, and weight loss, nutritional IVs and injectables provide the extra boost your body needs for optimal function. Increase weight loss, reduce skin aging and inflammation, or simply improve your athletic performance and recovery with options like:
- Hormone optimizers, to support hormone balance and metabolism
- Glutathione, a master antioxidant for natural protection against oxidative stress
- Vitamin C, to support multiple functions in the body
- Mega energy and metabolic enhancement injections, to stimulate energy production, boost fat loss, and improve metabolism
- Quercetin, to fight inflammatory conditions associated with allergies, heart disease, and muscle and joint pain
Thyroid management. The Hormone Zone’s revolutionary ThyroZone system goes beyond standard thyroid treatment, integrating nutrition plans, hormone replacement, and medication for a comprehensive, whole-body approach. Through unique blood panels, extensive lab tests, and in-depth medical history and symptoms evaluations, ThyroZone identifies the underlying cause of your thyroid imbalance and dysfunctional metabolism to treat conditions associated with aging such as:
- Low testosterone
- Adrenal dysfunction and stress
- Insulin resistance
- Environmental toxins
Gastrointestinal wellness. To understand many of your health-related conditions and symptoms, you must understand what is happening in your cut. As we age, different causes can begin to trigger gastrointestinal balance, affecting everything from digestion and imbalanced hormones to weight gain. For more than 13 years, our medically directed 90-day program has been helping patients stop the negative cycle of gastrointestinal distress, repair complicated conditions, and restore your gut to its optimal health.
Age Well and Live Better with The Hormone Zone
At The Hormone Zone, we want to increase not just the quantity of your years but the quality. You don’t deserve to be told, “this is just the way it is.” You deserve to feel and look your best at every age, and with our customized, targeted wellness and longevity treatments, you can. Schedule a no-obligation consultation today to find out more.
Wellness and Longevity FAQs
Is there a difference between health and wellness?
Although commonly used interchangeably, health and wellness are separate but complementary terms. Health is the overall state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Wellness, however, is an active process of making distinct choices for a more successful life. Wellness is more than the absence of illness or disease; it’s optimized well-being to achieve the best physical and mental outcomes possible.
What is a naturopathic approach, and why is it better for longevity and anti-aging?
At The Hormone Zone, we believe naturopathic medicine is the original wellness and aging therapy because it relies on proven treatments and techniques designed to optimize your body’s function at every age, helping to align it with its natural course rather than fight against it. Naturopathic medicine embraces a holistic, whole body approach that helps you age gracefully and naturally without relying on multiple prescription medications.
What are the risks associated with unhealthy aging?
While we all age, there is healthy aging and unhealthy aging, and while there are generalities to the aging process, there are many aspects of aging that can be managed or even mitigated, improving your quality of life and reducing your risk of age-related chronic conditions.
Unhealthy aging occurs when the body is not function as it should, and can result in the development of conditions like:
- Cardiovascular conditions and disease
- Declining cognitive health
- Bone and joint deterioration
- Poor digestive capacity and malabsorption of nutrients
Sedentary lifestyles, weight gain, poor diet, inadequate sleep habits, stress, and smoking can all contribute to unhealthy aging or even premature aging.
Healthy aging involves a “lifespan approach” that acknowledges the changes in your body and helps you adapt and optimize your life to them so you can function your best at any age.
How do men and women age differently?
The aging process for women is more or less defined by menopause, which triggers rapid hormonal changes in the body—primarily the decline in estrogen—that can exacerbate bone density loss, weight gain, moodiness or depression, and sleeping problems, and cause new symptoms like hot flashes or pain during sex.
Men experience a similar reduction in hormone production—specifically a decrease in testosterone–though it is typically more gradual, about one percent every year after the age of 30. This decline in hormones increases the risk of ED as well as enlarged prostate, and can slowly reduce testicular tissue mass.
Men and women also age differently in:
Sexual health. Although both men and women can experience reduced libido, women can also experience vaginal dryness and pain with sex. Many men can develop erectile dysfunction or other disorders that make a healthy sexual life difficult.
Weight gain and muscle mass. Both men and women tend to gain weight with age, though men usually stop gaining weight around 55, women at 65. After age 30, muscle mass begins to decrease between 3-8% per decade or more.