Ninety million Americans use anti-aging products, and the industry rakes in an estimated $80 billion per year.
"This is my specialty. I'm not talking about surgery, but anti-aging medicine. There are a lot of things that you can do at home on your own to prevent aging," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "[Using] sunscreen and moisturizing your skin is so important."
Glowing, healthy skin is attained by following a healthy diet, exercising daily and getting enough sleep. A new hand-held device, the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment, can also help restore skin. The 660 nanometer LED light delivers near-clinical levels of light therapy in the comfort of your own home. The Tända system promises to help improve skin texture, color and tone, while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Ordon demonstrates the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment.
Cracking the Aging Code
Anti-aging specialist Dr. Eric Braverman, a pioneer in anti-aging medicine and author of the books The Edge Effect and Younger You, says he’s cracked the aging code. He theorizes that organs that age faster than a person’s actual age put that person at risk, and most diseases progress 80 percent before anyone even notices them. “Most people are surprised by their illnesses, and I’m here to make sure there are no surprises.” Dr. Braverman says, “Everybody has five to 10 hidden illnesses by the time they’re 40 years old, and they don’t know them.”
Dr. Braverman performs his “21st Century Physical,” a battery of sophisticated tests that included bone scans, ultrasounds, metabolic tests and brain mappings. The cutting-edge technology evaluates the age of a person's organs to determine whether they are aging faster than he or she is.
Sixty-million Americans go undiagnosed with thyroid disease. If you have symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, depression and fuzzy thinking, ask your doctor to check your thyroid.
A fatty liver consists of more than 10 percent fat and is often enlarged. Dr. Braverman explains that the liver’s job is to filter the toxins from the bloodstream, and he demonstrates how fat impedes this vital function. Fatty liver is often asymptomatic but can be caused by unhealthy eating and subsequent insulin resistance.
An ultrasound can reveal mitral valve regurgitation (MVR), which is when the mitral valve in the heart does not close properly. If left untreated, it can lead to fainting, arrhythmia, stroke and heart attack.
High blood pressure and heart disease are often precursors to this condition, and it’s very common in women. Symptoms of MVR vary and can range from arrhythmia, which is an irregular or racing heartbeat, lightheadedness, dizziness and shortness of breath.
"The brain is our most important organ," Dr. Braverman explains. "If we get the brain and mind straight, then you’ll get your health straight.” A brain scan can measure tension, memory, energy, metabolism and sleep patterns.
All Symptoms Are Reversible!
Dr. Braverman concludes that 44-year-old Dawn is only as young as her oldest part. “We die from our oldest part,” he explains. He assures Dawn that she can easily lower her numbers. “Do you want to change your life?” he asks. He suggests an action plan:
• Go on a weight loss plan.
• Take iodide for thyroid disease.
• Take lipoic acid for liver disease.
• Drink copious amounts of teas – they’re filled with nutrients!
• Add spices like cumin, garlic, tarragon, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to meals, as they are chock full of nutrients as well.
• Eat lots of vegetables! Not only are they filled with nutrients, but they increase the amount of times you chew your food, thus decreasing appetite.
Dr. Braverman's Tips to Living Longer
If you cannot undergo a 21st Century Physical, try these ways to obtain optimum health:
• Add spices to every meal.
• Eat yogurt daily.
• Have a dark green salad, glass of vegetable juice or a bowl of vegetable soup 20 minutes before a meal to cut calorie consumption by 30 percent.
• Have sex at least two times a week to reboot the brain. Sex is one of the few activities that both excites and relaxes the brain at the same time, which is the key to the reboot process.
Check out Dr. Braverman’s books, The Edge Effect and Younger You, for more anti-aging information.
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Maintaining a Fast Metabolism
After age 24, the body's metabolism starts to slow, and, on average, people gain .4 to 1.7 pounds every year. But you don’t have to follow suit! “The studies have shown that what you’re losing is your muscle mass,” Dr. Ordon explains.
The Doctors say that a surefire way to boost your metabolic rate is to increase muscle mass, which burns fat. Incorporate some form of weight training or resistance training into your daily routine, as well as at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular training, and you have a good chance of beating Father Time at his own game.
After age 40, you can expect to lose 5 percent of your muscle mass every decade. “That’s why it’s so hard to lose that last little bit as you get older, because you need to first build up that muscle mass to keep it off,” Dr. Ordon says.
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Do you find yourself forgetting things? The car keys? Someone’s name? Are they minor so-called senior moments or indicators of something more serious?
Dr. Braverman explains, “When women reach menopause, they get a domino effect from a dying ovary. And that domino effect snowballs into their memory, their weight, their attention and the stability of their mood.”
He says that the ovaries start out as the size of a peanut in childhood, then grow to the size of a walnut after puberty, then shrink back down to the size of a peanut during and after menopause, no longer delivering vital estrogen and progesterone. “It affects your entire body,” Dr. Braverman says.
He adds that no matter how much they exercise, women’s muscles will turn fatty, like a marbled steak, and their brains will fill up with water. “By the age of 52,” the doctor continues, “the average woman will lose 20 points on her IQ.”
However, Dr. Braverman asserts that “women do not have to age like this.” He advocates that women exercise and change their diet radically. An aggressive intake of teas, herbs, spices, vitamins and anti-inflammatory foods will keep their minds sharp, their hormones functioning properly and their bodies slim and trim.
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Some doctors believe that calorie restriction diets are the key to longevity. Adults should consume approximately 1,200 calories per day, but those who partake in these diets are consuming closer to 800 calories per day. One theory as to why this method may work is because consuming fewer calories induces the body to enter a mini-hibernation state and slows metabolism. “Your body is working less,” Dr. Ordon notes, “but if you’re not bringing in enough protein, you’re going to start withering away.”
Dr. Lisa adds, “You know, there’s no quick fix for anything, no fountain of youth. You’ve just got to live healthy, eat right and enjoy your life!”
Women are predisposed to bone density deficiencies because estrogen plays such a critical role in bone, brain and skin health. Bone loss begins after age 30, but when a woman goes through menopause, estrogen decreases dramatically and bones weaken. As women age, 15 percent of them will fracture their hip, and of those 15 percent, close to 20 percent will die within a year of the fracture.
Thyroid disease and vitamin deficiency can contribute to bone loss, so it is important to undergo regular bone scans. There’s an arsenal of medications that can be used to combat bone loss, but they need to be started as soon as a problem is detected. Drinking soda and alcohol and smoking all increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone loss, but weight-bearing exercises and calcium supplements can help to keep bones healthy and strong.
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Popsicles aren't just a refreshing treat, they can also rev up your energy and slow the aging process. The anti-aging popsicle contains carrot juice, pomegranate juice and 100 percent cherry juice, free of red dye and corn syrup. The juices each provide benefits to help you look younger and achieve better health!
• Cherry Juice: In addition to containing high levels of antioxidants, cherries have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, and they have been shown to help fight cancer and heart disease.
• Pomegranate juice: Like cherry juice, pomegranate juice is also high in antioxidants. Research shows that it can lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, as well.
• Carrot Juice: The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot juice can help reduce wrinkles and dry skin, and fight free radicals. Research shows that carrots may also reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
Get the anti-aging popsicle recipe!
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Hormone Therapy Goes on the Couch
Bioidenticals, a type of hormone replacement therapy, is examined when Susie from Houston, Texas, joins via web cam to ask, “I’m in my late forties and I’ve been taking bioidenticals and I feel absolutely fantastic!” she crows, “But are there any dangerous side effects that I should be aware of?”
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains that bioidenticals mimic the estrogen and progesterone that the body produces, and are manufactured to have the same molecular structure as those in the body. They are considered “natural,” and thus different from conventional hormone therapy, which are synthetic. Dr. Lisa thinks that hormone replacement therapy has a lot of benefits, but should always be taken under the supervision of a doctor, especially if she is at risk for breast cancer or heart disease.
Dr. Lisa adds that if a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer while she’s on hormone replacement therapy, she has a much lower mortality rate than someone who is not. However, if a woman is estrogen-receptor positive, then the risks of cancer are greater.
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Age Reversal Hydrafacial System
It takes 15 minutes and makes you look 15 years younger! Dr. Ordon performs the latest facial rejuvenation procedure called the Hydrafacial on Sally, 43. He explains that it’s a step up from microdermabrasion, and the reason it’s so effective is because of the system's special spiral tip. The tip exfoliates, vacuums dirt and infuses serum, antioxidants and moisturizers into the skin — all at the same time!
The light emission diode that often accompanies the treatment was originally developed by NASA. It stimulates collagen growth and makes the skin appear more youthful. The Hydrafacial procedure is often combined with the light diode therapy and is ideal for people with brown spots, rosacea and acne. Each treatment costs approximately $150 and should be done once a month for five to six months to see the desired results.
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The Secret to Eternal Youth
Perhaps the secret to youth isn’t so secret after all. The same principles seem to be tried and true: eat healthily, exercise, laugh, minimize the stress in your day and spend quality time with those you love.
Nutrition Tips for Seniors
Proper eating habits play a vital role in keeping your body healthy and strong. Check out E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork's nutrition tips for people 50 and older.
• Eat a low-sodium, low-fat diet
• Limit saturated fats
• Add calcium and vitamin D
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Health Hearsay: Age and Vision
Unfortunately, a person's vision often decreases as he or she ages. However, there are ways to stave off age-related macular degeneration, which affects nearly one-third of the population.
What's Age Got to Do With it?
Whether you want to get fit, eat right or improve your appearance, The Doctors and Robin McGraw, a New York Times best-selling author and passionate and outspoken advocate for women's health, want to help you learn to stay healthy.
“We, as women, need to take care of ourselves. We need to put ourselves at the top of the list sometimes,” says the devoted wife and mother of two sons. “It just comes down to a choice: It’s that you live every day of your life wanting to be the healthiest, the happiest, that you could possibly be.”
Robin shares the secrets behind her new book, What’s Age Got to Do with It? “I put my age on the front of the book because I am 55 years old and very proud of it,” she says. “I feel like at 55, I have enough experience to share with women out there. It’s for every age group.” She explains that when she was 32 years old, her mother passed away unexpectedly at age 58, and at that point she transformed the way she took care of herself. “I took her tragedy, and I changed how I live, and I just really feel passionate about getting that message out to other women.”
Robin stresses the importance of women taking the time to care for themselves, as well as those they love. “I feel like I was put on this earth to be a wife and mother. I’m very passionate about that. That’s my role, but I’ve never, ever forgotten that I’m also a woman, and I’ve let my whole family know that,” she says. Shortly after her first son, Jay, executive producer of The Doctors, was born, she realized that women had to set boundaries for themselves and live by them. She also let her husband and sons know that even though she was a woman, she was just as important as they were. She tells all women, “It is not selfish to put yourself first.”
What’s Age Got to Do with It? is on sale now. Read an excerpt.
Kym Douglas, TV personality and best-selling author of The Beauty Cookbook: 200 Recipes to Make Your Kitchen Your Spa -- for Your Face, Your Body and Your Hair, shares her Hollywood beauty secrets.
Step into the Anti-Aging Facial Lab and whip up a batch of culinary cosmetics!
Download the recipes!
And remember, don't try these recipes if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients.
Dry Skin Smoothie
Bagel Head Conditioner
• From healthy and delicious culinary concoctions to food-based facials for looking your best, check out the recipes featured on The Doctors. Try them out and enjoy!
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Whether it's a home remedy or higher-end store-bought product, 90 million Americans use anti-aging products.
Three simple suggestions for good skin for years to come:
Aloe: Aloe is nature's best moisture for your skin — and it has anti-aging properties to diminish brown spots and wrinkles.
Lemon: Lemon possesses citric acid, which also is an agent in reducing brown spots. Spread a little of the juice on a target area, let it dry before you go outside and repeat a couple times a day. After a prolonged period of time, you will start to notice the effects.
Store-Bought Items: Those store bought items are helpful, but you'll want to make sure the ingredients include vitamins A and C, Kojic Acid and Retinols, which are part of the vitamin A family.
Obagi Blue Chemical Peel
Cosmetic surgeon Mark Youssef, from Unique Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica, California, performs an Obagi blue chemical peel on 32-year-old Kristina, who has sun damage. The peel contains trichloracetic acid (TCA) and is ideal for uneven, discolored or damaged skin.
“Typical chemical peels are clear, but this chemical peel has a blue base to it, so it allows us to assess the evenness of the application and also the depth of penetration,” Dr. Yousseff explains.
The blue dye rinses off in 24 to 48 hours, but the peel takes seven to eight days to complete. As the layers of dead and damaged skin cells are exfoliated and sloughed off, they are replaced by new, healthy ones, resulting in brighter, younger-looking skin and tighter pores.
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The Baby Quasar is a hand-held device that utilizes four different LED wavelengths to stimulate collagen growth and erase fine lines and wrinkles from the face. Quasar product expert Chris Kramer demonstrates how the Baby Quasar delivers a professional-grade beauty treatment in the comfort of your home!
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