Anti-aging medicine, a.k.a. advanced preventive medicine, is the study of slowing down and/or reversing the processes of aging, with the ultimate goal to extend both the lifespan and health span.
Anti-aging medicine is a clinical specialty founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the prevention, early detection, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction and diseases. Anti-aging medicine is based on the scientific principles of evidence based medicine. It is a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong healthy lifespan in humans.
The term "anti-aging" relates to the application of advanced biomedical technologies focused on the early detection, prevention, and treatment of aging-related disease. Anti-aging medicine complements regenerative medicine, as both specialties embrace cutting-edge biomedical technologies aimed at achieving benefits for both the quality and quantity of the human lifespan.
Some of the most promising biomedical technologies applicable to regenerative medicine that are currently the focus of intense scientific research are:
- Stem cell therapeutics: technologies aiming to beneficially alter the very basic cellular sources of dysfunctions, disorders, disabilities, and diseases.
- Therapeutic cloning: technologies to develop ample sources of human cells, tissues, and organs for use in acute emergency care as well as the treatment of chronic, debilitating diseases.
- Genetic engineering and genomics: advancements that permit the identification and alteration of genetics to ameliorate dysfunctions, disabilities, and diseases.
- Nanotechnology: deployment of micro- and molecular-sized tools to manipulate human tissue biology for microsurgical repair on a gross level, as well as microscopic nano-biology for repair at the most basic cellular level.
These potent emerging biomedical technologies offered by anti-aging and regenerative medicine have the potential to improve the quality and/or extend the length of the human lifespan.
Universally, those involved in healthcare and those whose fields of expertise intersect with healthcare issues, support anti-aging medicine as a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research into prolongation of the healthy human lifespan. Proponents of anti-aging medicine also cater to each individual's unique health status, and embrace practical applications of new research findings.
Public policy organizations and government agencies in a number of nations are now embracing anti-aging medicine as a viable solution to alleviate the mounting social, economic, and medical woes otherwise anticipated to arrive with the trend of unprecedented global aging.
Anti-aging medicine is currently practiced by thousands of physicians in private medical offices, as well as at some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals around the world. Involving a patient base in the hundreds of thousands worldwide, anti-aging medicine is achieving provable and objective results that beneficially impact the degenerative diseases of aging.
Anti-aging medicine is characterized by being:
- Scientific. Anti-aging diagnostic and treatment practices are supported by scientific evidence and therefore cannot be branded as anecdotal.
- Evidence-based. Anti-aging medicine is based on an orderly process for acquiring data in order to formulate a scientific and objective assessment upon which effective treatment is assigned.
- Well-documented in peer-reviewed journals. As of June 2013, the National Library of Medicine holds 2,656 peer-reviewed research articles related to the subject of anti-aging medicine.
Around the world, people are seeking medical guidance for ways to stay healthy, active, and vital well into their older years. As a result, the principles of anti-aging medicine and an "anti-aging lifestyle" are gaining rapid and widespread acceptance as a framework for lifelong habits for healthy living.
It is the mission of The Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) to educate health professionals and the general public on both the importance of healthy preventive anti-aging lifestyle habits, and new emerging biotechnologies that will help stave off the deleterious consequences of chronological aging. Slowing down the lifestyle related biological aging process is now possible by putting into practice the knowledge that evidence based scientific research has generated over the past decades. Translating research findings into practice, and thereby contributing to making the world's graying population healthier and happier, is one of the core activities of The Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).