Anti Aging Medicine
Anti Aging and Functional Medicine are both science-based and connect emerging research to practice. Their focus is different than conventional medicine, however, in that the goal of improving the quality of life, maximizing health and preventing disease.
Anti Aging Medicine is a clinical and medical specialty aimed at the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related decline. Functional Medicine is patient-centered care instead of disease-focused treatment.
Both disciplines focus on health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease. The American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine (A4M) is an organization of over 11,500 physicians and scientists in 65 countries seeking alternative medical treatments and putting them into practice. Dr. Svendsen has been an active member of A4M since 2004 and will complete her fellowship program in the spring of 2008.
The Anti Aging Assessment Process
The application of Anti Aging and Functional Medicine begins with a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Svendsen during which information about the patient’s internal and external factors that effect total functioning will be identified. This is called an Anti Aging Assessment, and is followed up with specialized lab work to determine the biochemical status of each patient. The results of saliva and nutrient tests will be discussed with the patient during follow-up visits and used to create a Treatment Plan. The Treatment Plan will consist of a combination of medical-grade nutritional supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes, and if necessary, prescription strength bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). The Treatment Plan may also include referrals to other physicians for specific issues.
The State of Healthcare – A Medical Perspective
The health care industry in the United States is at a crossroads. Despite record amounts of money spent on health care, chronic disease continues to rise. 35% of all Americans have a preventable, lifestyle related disease, and it is estimated that 22.4 million of those Americans will die from that disease. These numbers are based on 2002 data and continue to increase each year. For the first time in the history of United States health care, the current generation of children born in the United States is predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
One of the primary reasons for this decline is that the focus of conventional medicine in the United States is on the treatment of disease, not on its prevention or on the patient’s quality of life, i.e. the patient’s wellness.