March 10, 2007

An interview with the Anti-Aging Doctor

I recently had the chance to sit down with my friend - Anti-Aging Physician Mark Henderson of Total Med . As soon as I heard the words "Anti-Aging", I had to know more! Here's what Dr. Henderson had to say:

HMS: You are a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians...what does that mean?

Dr. Henderson: "The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and application of new medical technologies for treatment of age related disease. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine prepares physicians and health practitioners for certification in anti-aging medicine so local clinics, such as Total Med, can implement therapeutic protocols, including detection, prevention, and treatment of age-related dysfunction and disease. Membership in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine provides up-to-date information on new advancements through on-going educational training programs, seminars, clinical and academic programs, and newsletters."

HMS: How do you evaluate and treat your patients? What are the most common complaints your patients have?

Dr. Henderson: "A comprehensive evaluation begins with an initial consultation that includes a thorough review of the patient's past medical history, family history, and present symptoms. A comprehensive work-up is ordered, which includes blood testing and/or saliva testing. A follow-up appointment is scheduled to review test results and implement a personalized treatment plan, which may consist of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, diet, and exercise. Blood testing is repeated frequently to ensure hormones are maintained at optimum levels, and monthly follow-ups are encouraged to evaluate symptoms and lifestyle changes."

"The most common complaints include fatigue, night sweats, hot flushes, irritability, weight gain, and mood swings. These symptoms may be associated with estrogen and/or progesterone imbalance, as well as excess androgens, thyroid deficiency, or melatonin deficiency."

HMS: We all want to hold off the aging process as much as possible. What are the most practical & easiest to assimilate tips you can give our readers?

Dr. Henderson: "The most practical and easiest tips are incorporated into lifestyle. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week (5-6 days/wk). Eat a well-balanced diet, including consumption of at least 64 ounces of water a day. Multivitamin supplementation and antioxidants can also be added to the regimen. One of the most prominent mechanisms for prevention of disease is not-smoking. Also, it is important to engage in regular screenings to allow for early detection and intervention of disease."

HMS: Beyond that, what options are available to keep us looking and feeling young and healthy?

Dr. Henderson: "Non-surgical aeshtetic services are offered to complement the Anti-Aging program. Total Med offers Botox injections, Mesotherapy, and Medical Weight Loss. Botox injections are non-surgical procedures that cause relaxation of underlying facial muscles resulting in a reduction of wrinkles and lines. Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment that targets and results in a decrease of adipose fat cells. Medical weight loss incorporates a wide variety of services including physical exam, diagnostic testing(blood work, EKG, etc.), dietary and exercise counseling, medications if needed, vitamin supplements, regular follow-ups, and a maintenance program once goal weight is obtained."

Want to know more about the services Dr. Henderson and I discussed?

You can reach Total Med in Lexington at 859.263.0374, in Louisville at 502.964.8789, or online at TotalMedWeb.com.

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