So what is anti-aging and age management? What does it really mean? It is more than getting some procedures done or taking some pills. It literally encompasses every ounce of your being and how you approach your life. We all share one inescapable reality that we will all continuously age and eventually pass on. We start out with a random set of genes from our parents that dictate a lot of what will happen during our lives. But along the way we make choices that will effect the expression of these genes as well as how we will age. These are the variables we can control to some degree that can not only extend our lives, but make us look and feel better along the way.
Some easy choices include not doing things that we know will harm us. Smoking has no place in a healthy life and negatively affects everyone around you. Cigarettes destroy your body from the inside out. Overconsumption of alcohol or food can be just as deleterious. Obesity prematurely ages your body and related diseases like diabetes directly shortens it. The sun and tanning feel good but prematurely ages our skin and increases the risk of cancer. Exposure to pollutants, whether in the home or the environment, harms our metabolism and is potentially carcinogenic.
A frequently ignored contributor of aging is stress. We all have some stress in our lives that helps us to be efficient. However, we all need an outlet to relieve excess stress. Ignoring this basic concept of life leads to the destructive behaviors listed above as an outlet.