THE MECHANICS OF AGING

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THE ENDOCRINE THEORY

Simply put, the endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete chemicals called hormones to help your body function properly. The glands of the endocrine system are:

  • Hypothalamus
  • Pineal gland
  • Pituitary gland
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Thymus
  • Adrenal
  • Pancreas
  • Ovaries
  • Testes

These glands produce different types of hormones that evoke a specific response in other cells, tissues, and/or organs located throughout the body. The hormones reach these faraway targets using the blood stream. Like the nervous system, the endocrine system is one of your body’s main communicators. But instead of using nerves to transmit information, the endocrine system uses blood vessels to deliver hormones to cells.

Endocrine diseases are common and usually occur when glands produce an incorrect amount of hormones. Some of the processes and systems they help control are growth and development, homeostasis (the internal balance of body systems), metabolism, reproduction and response to stress and/or injury.

TELOMERES ARE EXTREMELY TELLING

Telomeres?

Inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer.

Telomeres have been compared with the plastic tips on shoelaces, because they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would destroy or scramble an organism’s genetic information.

Yet, each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide; it becomes inactive or it dies. This shortening process is associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death.

OUR HORMONES GET TIRED BEFORE WE DO

Our bodies produce almost 200 hormones daily that float around keeping the body functioning properly. They have the huge jobs to moderate and maintain what is going on inside us. The endocrine glands must release the correct amount of hormones. If they release too much or too little, it is known as a hormone imbalance. Endocrine diseases are common and happen when even one step in the process doesn’t work as it should.

The most dramatic thing about functional changes in the endocrine system is the decline in the concentration of reproductive hormones. In addition, age-related changes in other tissues affect their abilities to respond to hormonal stimulation. As a result, most tissues become less responsive to circulating hormones.

The hormone or endocrine theory of aging asserts that the most important factors in aging are the changes brought about in the body by the endocrine system. The complex endocrine system of our body controls the hormones that regulate many body processes. As we age, these systems become less efficient, leading to changes in our bodies such as menopause. The hormone theory of aging believes that these changes eventually cause the effects of aging.

There is a ton of work that falls on the levels of our hormones and their complex functions. Just the study of this is exhausting, especially with new research being revealed all the time.

KEEPING THE PARTS FROM FALLING APART

It’s sort of like a multi-car pile up when attention is placed only on one aspect of the crash. Rather, it’s an intricate chain reaction that needs to be examined car by car to see the extent of damages to each vehicle and their passengers. You’ve put a lot of wear and tear on your body through the years and now is the time to keep your foot to the pedal, and cautiously and carefully move forward. As people get older, they seem to spend more time reading and researching natural ways to get the body moving and perform as well as it once did. You’ll find them in pharmacy isles dumping “natural replacements” into their carts. Or reading all about holistic ways to turn back the clock. None of these options keep the hands of the clock running smoothly. Batteries die. You can overdose from over-the-counter supplements that are not taken at safe levels. The secret is to keep the parts running smoothly together, making your body hum with health and longevity.

WHILE THE MECHANICAL OF THIS MAY APPEAR OVERWHELMING, THERE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN EXPLAIN IT TO YOU IN TERMS YOU’LL BOTH UNDERSTAND AND WANT TO WORK ON. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO LOOK AT THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE, INDIVIDUAL BY INDIVIDUAL. HIS EXPERTISE IN THE PROCESS OF HORMONE HEALTH MAKES HIM THE PERFECT CHOICE TO BRING YOUR ISSUES AND PROBLEMS (OR PERCEIVED PROBLEMS) TO. FIRST, HE TAKES THE TIME TO LISTEN. TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. THEN WITH A SIMPLE SERIES OF TESTS DETERMINES YOUR SPECIFIC HORMONE IMBALANCES AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCIE. ALL OF WHICH HE CAN HELP, ONE CASE AT A TIME. YOU WANT TO FEEL BETTER. HE WANTS YOU TO FEEL YOUR VERY BEST.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

TREAT YOUR BODY LIKE A TEMPLE BEFORE IT’S IN RUINS

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Too often as they start to age, people shake and tremble at what is happening to them as all their expectations that they’ll live forever start to crumble. Who hasn’t heard the phrase, “Your body is a temple”?  Some scoff at the notion, others live by it.

“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”

Frank Gillette Burgess

“The body never lies.”

Martha Graham

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

Jim Rohn

Everything in life needs some kind of maintenance. If your yard has weeds, you get rid of them. If your hair’s too long, you get it cut. If your dog needs flea and tick meds, you don’t think twice about getting it. But your body?  Doesn’t it deserve even more attention? Isn’t it more crucial to attend to? You’d be amazed at how few people put it at the top of their “to-do” lists. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start.

EXERCISE YOUR OPTIONS

Exercise is an anti-aging bonanza; being active maintains muscles mass, boosts metabolism and keeps your heart and lungs doing what they are supposed to. And these are just a few examples. And it’s not like you have to be a tri-athlete to get noticeable results. One study found that just 15 minutes a day of moderate-intensity activity extended people’s lives by three years. A 2013 study conducted at Harvard found that exercise could be at least as effective as prescription drugs when it comes to preventing conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever, boosting your feel-good endorphins. Hormones released when we exercise help maintain and support muscle tissue. Weight bearing exercises help build up your bone mass-key for preventing osteoporosis.

PUT THIS ON YOUR PLATE

From your brains to your bones, what you eat matters. So it’s important to help yourself to plenty of age-defying foods.

Produce-pile on the fruits and vegetable like dark leafy greens, and berries which are rich in antioxidant compounds, which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance. Foods in this category can also promote heart health, support bone health and even help reduce risk of cancer.

Protein-This key dietary component becomes even more critical starting in the 40s, when muscle mass begins to decline by up to 1 percent a year. That drop slows metabolism, which makes the pounds pile on more easily. The double whammy consequence: Added weight puts your health at risk, and down the road, diminished muscle mass can throw off your balance (upping chances of a fall), sap your strength, and even threaten your ability to recover from an illness or accident.

Omega-3 Rich Fish-The omega-3s in fatty fish like salmon and tuna offer many anti-aging benefits. With their potent anti-inflammatory effects, they help protect your heart, lower your odds of have a stroke and may even help guard against Alzheimer’s disease.

Whole Grains-Research has shown that whole grains offer protection against diabetes, heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, high blood pressure and even gum disease. Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains can lower the risk of age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because they’re digested more slowly than processed grains, they also help prevent high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.

Nuts-The fats in nuts are among the healthiest you can find. If you avoid nuts because they’re high in fat, think again. In fact, one study showed that snacking on nuts cut the risk cut the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol by about 20%. You only need to eat 1/4 of an ounce a day to get the benefits — that’s about 4 almonds.

Olive Oil– A basic kitchen staple, olive oil is a powerhouse of healthy nutrients that nourish your body working its magic inside and out to slow the aging process. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids and good cholesterol, and with the highest level of monounsaturated fat of any vegetable oil, olive oil is prized for its numerous age-fighting components.

Dark Chocolate-What is amazing, but wonderful, is that cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols may lower inflammation, keep blood pressure in check, prevent platelets from clotting (which could, in turn, prevent strokes and heart attacks and even boost brain power. Food such as these, and so many more, go a long way to shortening the illnesses that may come with aging.

SWEET DREAMS

Regularly catching only a few hours of sleep can hinder metabolism and hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging and the early stages of diabetes. Chronic sleep loss may speed the onset or increase the severity of age-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and memory loss. Research has shown that just one week of sleep deprivation can alter hormone levels and their capacity to metabolize carbohydrates.

ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE

Research shows that how you perceive aging affects how long you will live. In a study of 660 people, those with more positive perceptions of their own aging lived an average of 7.5 years longer. Positive people don’t get stressed as much in day-to-day life, so they produce less inflammation. Less stress means less inflammation, which in turn promotes a longer life. It’s a simple formula. A negative attitude, because it causes stress and inflammation, can speed up aging.

IT MIGHT SEEM AS IF ANTI-AGING IS A BATTLE THAT CAN TAKE A LOT OUT OF YOU. YES, IT TAKES SOME WORK AND DEDICATION TO GOOD HABITS. AND YES, AGING IS A LONG ROAD. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THE JOURNEY ALONE. THERE IS SO MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP SLOW THE AGING PROCESS AND HELP YOU HAVE A LIFE WHERE YOU FEEL BETTER LONGER. THE FIRST THING YOU CAN DO IS TO CALL DENVER HORMONE HEALTH AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET WITH STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, MD. WITH SIMPLE TESTS, HE CAN DETERMINE WHAT HORMONE IMBALANCE AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES YOU HAVE. FROM THERE, HE DEVELOPS THE OPTIMUM SOLUTION TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS-NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. SO PICK UP THE PHONE. YOU’LL START TO FEEL BETTER THE MOMENT YOU DO.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE – Germs!

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Thanksgiving is the holiday that could really bug you. It is the most traveled day of the year. Denver International Airport is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. With more than 52 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DIA is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado; generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. The trend for the past couple of years has shown an average of one million passengers traveling through the airport from Tuesday through Monday of the holiday week. Just think of getting into the airport. Think of all the people who are determined to get where they’re going no matter how sick they are. Think of everything you touch. Like airport drinking buttons. Think of the people from around the world carrying who knows what. The whole process is a precursor to the aged of actually getting on the plane.

LOCKED INSIDE AND NOWHERE TO GO

The ability of influenza to spread on aircraft has been well documented. You’re about to walk into long, metal, cold and flu incubators ready to play with your health. There’s no turning back, and when the door closes and the last device is turned off, you’re stuck. A combination of the low humidity on the flight, which dries up the natural defense mechanism offered by mucus, and a lot of strange people from around the world having packed any number of pathogens. And think how many passengers are cramped in there with you. The number of seats has ranged from 140 or so on a 737 while the largest number of passengers on an airplane was set on a Boeing 747 as part of Operation Solomon during which the aircraft carried 1,086 passengers from Ethiopia to Israel. The plane landed with two extra passengers as a result of two babies being born on the flight!

IT’S NASTY

You’re at 37,000 feet and you hear it—a big, wet, sneeze. You look around and it seems everywhere people are blowing their noses. The truth is, the increased risk of catching a cold is 100 times higher than not flying,

People sitting in a confined space for extended periods of time increases the risk of transmission of a host of airborne infections. Bacteria are everywhere. The longer the flight, the more risk.

DON’T TOUCH THAT

It’s all pretty “iffy” but there are some things in the plane that carry more germs than others. These include:

  • Plastic tray tables
  • Overhead air vents
  • Lavatory flush buttons
  • Seat belt buckles
  • Bath stall locks
  • Armrests
  • Window shades
  • Seat pocket cloth
  • Even leather.
  • Whoa.

Even though planes are regularly cleaned, you have to ask yourself to what extent. Some pathogens including e-coli can stay on things for days. In increasing numbers, people are wearing hospital masks, bringing antibacterial wipes, and wiping down every surface they can. They are asking for window seats instead of aisles where you have to touch more seat backs to make it to the bathroom. You do what you can. But no one’s immune to everything.

WHEREVER YOU’RE GOING, THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN BE GRATEFUL FOR. DENVER HORMONE HEALTH AND STEPHEN GOLDSTEIN M.D.. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO CHECK OUT ANY HORMONE IMBALANCES OR VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES BEFORE YOU GO, AND IF INDICATED, GET A TAILORED TREATMENT TO DO AS MUCH FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AS POSSIBLE. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO SEE DR. GOLDSTEIN WHEN YOU RETURN TO SEE IF YOUR TRIP HAD ANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON YOUR HEALTH THAT CAN BE RESOLVED WITH ANOTHER TREATMENT THAT WILL HELP YOU CELEBRATE YOUR GOOD HEALTH.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

In early 2016 we will be providing a vitamin IV that you can come and do prior to travel. For now it is recommended to bring hand sanitizer and clorox wipes, take vitamin C, echinacea, zinc and iodine supplements prior to travel and stay hydrated.