Regenerative medicine aims to harness the body’s innate healing potential to aid in the regeneration and restoration of injured or damaged tissue. It has the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of 128 million people in the United States alone, according to the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. [1] If you are like millions of these people, you too may benefit from regenerative medicine.

Aging is a complex process that is damaging to cells in almost every part of the human body. Cell damage continually worsens over time to cause dysfunction and even death in cells. Stress, poor diet and exposure to environmental toxins hasten cellular aging. Worse yet, the aging human body replaces dying cells at a progressively slower pace so that old, unhealthy cells soon outnumber young cells that function well.

Fortunately, medical scientists are working diligently trying to figure out how to slow down or even reverse the aging process. Anti-aging therapy has the potential to rejuvenate your face, skin, musculoskeletal system, and organs while increasing the quality of your life and your sense of wellbeing.  Many are investigating the role of stem cells in the aging process.

Young people have all the stem cells they need to stay healthy. As you age, however, you have fewer and fewer stem cells to replace old, worn-out body cells. Scientists hypothesize that anti-aging stem cell management strategies that use your own stem cells, or cells that evade the immune systems ability to reject them outright may be helpful. Stem cell management strategies theoretically stimulate the generation of new cells, improve the tissue’s blood supply, and optimize the body’s own healing processes.

A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science showed that some types of stem cells have wound healing and antioxidant effects on human skin. [2] The researchers concluded the study by saying stem cell therapy could reduce skin damage that leads to wrinkles.

ABOUT AGING

The signs of aging generally start at around age 40, although these signs tend to develop earlier for smokers, those who have been under a great deal of stress, and individuals exposed to toxic substances.

Many people experience common symptoms of aging, which include:

  • Loss of memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • General aches and pains
  • Hair loss
  • Changes in skin texture
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Mood swings
  • Degenerative diseases

Aging affects your major body systems, including your cells organs and tissues. Time causes cellular damage in your heart and blood vessels, bones, muscles and joints, digestive system, nervous system, eyes and ears, and in your skin, nails and hair.

ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT CAUSES PREMATURE SKIN AGING

While aging happens to everyone, a variety of factors can cause premature aging in some individuals. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, for example, speed the aging process, especially in skin cells. Scientists categorize ultraviolet rays into three groups: Ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B, and ultraviolet C.

Ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) penetrate the earth’s atmosphere and play an important role in premature skin aging and skin cancers, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. UVA and UVB also suppress your immune system in a way that reduces your body’s ability to defend itself from aging and serious illness.

Ultraviolet B rays are the primary cause of skin reddening and sunburn. UVB rays damage the superficial epidermal layers of your skin in a way that hastens the aging process. Ultraviolet B rays also play a key role in the development of skin cancer and contributes to photoaging, which is a group of skin conditions resulting from exposure to the sun’s UVB rays.

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CELL DIVISION AND AGING

Cell division also contributes to the aging process. There are about 37.2 trillion cells in the human body. [3] Each cell contains a nucleus. Inside the nucleus are the chromosomes that contain your genes, which act as the instructions for making all the different types of cells inside your body. Two “arms” make up each chromosome and each arm contains a DNA molecule. At the end of each arm are stretches of DNA known as telomeres.

Telomeres are somewhat like the plastic tips on shoelaces because of the way telomeres protect chromosomes from fraying at the ends or sticking to one another, which destroys or garbles the genetic information stored on the chromosome.

Cells divide in your body nearly two trillion times each day. [4] Each time a body cell divides, its telomere gets shorter. When telomeres get too short, the cell can no longer divide. The cell becomes inactive, transitions into an unhealthy cell, or dies. Cells can divide only about 50 to 70 times before telomeres become too short to sustain cell division. Telomere shortening is associated with signs and symptoms of aging and with the development of disabling and life threatening age-related diseases, including cancer.

Suggested Reading:

Adipose-Derived Stem Cells as a Tool in Cell-Based Therapies.

Bajek A, Gurtowska N, Olkowska J, Kazmierski L, Maj M, Drewa T.

Arch Immunol Ther Exp (Warsz). 2016 Dec;64(6):443-454. Review

Aging, inflammation, stem cells, and bone healing.

Gibon E, Lu L, Goodman SB.

Stem Cell Res Ther. 2016 Mar 22;7:44. doi: 10.1186/s13287-016-0300-9. Review.

Mesenchymal stem cell-derived inflammatory fibroblasts mediate interstitial fibrosis in the agingheart.

Trial J, Entman ML, Cieslik KA.

J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2016 Feb;91:28-34. doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2015.12.017. Review.

Expanded Stem CellsStromal-Vascular Fraction, and Platelet-Rich Plasma Enriched Fat: Comparing Results of Different Facial Rejuvenation Approaches in a Clinical Trial.

Rigotti G, Charles-de-Sá L, Gontijo-de-Amorim NF, Takiya CM, Amable PR, Borojevic R, Benati D, Bernardi P, Sbarbati A.

Aesthet Surg J. 2016 Mar;36(3):261-70. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjv231.

Cell-based therapies of liver diseases: age-related challenges.

Yarygin KN, Lupatov AY, Kholodenko IV.

Clin Interv Aging. 2015 Dec 1;10:1909-24. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S97926. Review.

Skeletal stem cells and their contribution to skeletal fragility: senescence and rejuvenation.

Aldahmash A.

Biogerontology. 2016 Apr;17(2):297-304. doi: 10.1007/s10522-015-9623-7. Review.

Aging of Stem and Progenitor Cells: Mechanisms, Impact on Therapeutic Potential, and Rejuvenation.

Nurkovic J, Volarevic V, Lako M, Armstrong L, Arsenijevic N, Stojkovic M.

Rejuvenation Res. 2016 Feb;19(1):3-12. doi: 10.1089/rej.2015.1676. Review.

Adipose stem cells and skin repair.

Jeong JH.

Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2010 Jun;5(2):137-40. Review.

Mesenchymal stem cell differentiation and roles in regenerative medicine.

Hwang NS, Zhang C, Hwang YS, Varghese S.

Wiley Interdiscip Rev Syst Biol Med. 2009 Jul-Aug;1(1):97-106. doi: 10.1002/wsbm.26. Review

A comprehensive review on mesenchymal stem cell growth and senescence.

Ksiazek K.

Rejuvenation Res. 2009 Apr;12(2):105-16. doi: 10.1089/rej.2009.0830. Review.

FAQs about Aging

How is age measured?

There are several different ways to measure age. The simplest is to count the years. But we all know that your chronological age doesn’t tell the whole story. There are 56 year olds who look like they are 40 and there are other who look like they are 70. The best test of aging today appears to be a test of telomere length. As it turns out, our telomeres, the caps on the ends of the DNA strands that instruct the cells to divide can be used to give us a sense of our biological age. Another way to measure age is to look at your vascular reactivity. The greater the flexibility and thus reactivity, the younger you likely are.

How many years can you extend a persons life with anti aging measures?

This depends on how intensive a program you want and are willing to embark on. To help someone look 2-5 years younger is relatively simple. To help someone look, feel, and act 7-20 years younger is a more intense program that once started, you typically do not want to stop.

Can I be on anti aging supplements when I have a medical condition?

We take all health considerations into account when we evaluate and make treatment recommendations. It’s safe to say that everything we do takes safety into consideration. Everything is evidence based, taking into account what are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of disease. When there is any concern or contraindication for a treatment, we will advise you of your risks or advise you to discontinue specific parts of the program.
 

How long should I be on an anti aging program?

That’s like asking “How long should I keep my heart beating?” Anti aging is a lifestyle. Once you start and everyone notices how good you look and feel, why would you ever want to stop?

Are the treatments covered by insurance?

Whenever possible, we try to make use of your insurance. The fact is that few insurance companies pay for prevention or longevity. We are a cash based practice and with the exception of some consultation services, none of our treatments are covered by your insurance.