By the year 2020, it is estimated that 25-30% of the US population will be age 65 or older. While some people still hopelessly look for the anti-aging miracle fixes, others prefer a more natural approach – how to age gracefully and healthily.
My approach to promote healthy aging includes:
Aging has a lot to do with how each individual’s genes are programmed. My job is to educate patients on how gene expression can be modified through diet, environmental and lifestyle choices. Patients are assessed comprehensively through physical history and biochemical evaluation. I believe that healthy aging can be achieved by the patients teaming up with their physicians or health practitioners identifying any factor that may accelerate their aging process. Everyone ages differently and believe it or not, you have total control on how you age!
Higher rates of diseases are common in later life but aging does not cause diseases. Most physiologic functions do slow down as you age but often they are the results of chronic inflammation and environmental insult. It’s common to find “suboptimal physiologic functioning” in older people where things are not working at their best. Natural therapies such as restoring proper gastrointestinal flora, supplementing digestive enzymes to enhance nutrient assimilation, improving the liver’s ability to detoxify, lowering inflammatory and oxidative stress at cellular levels with nutritional therapies, hormone therapies to address suboptimal thyroid and adrenal functions, etc… do have an impact on how you feel and how you function. With proper testing and evaluation of the body’s physiologic functions and the appropriate individualized treatments, you can restore your physiological and hormonal balance in order to improve your quality of life emotionally and physically. After all, it is not about how long one lives but how well he/she lives it.
By Dr. Mylinh Vo, ND, ABAAHP