Biological aging is the major risk factor for most of the diseases and cancers.
The aging populations/Individuals (global aging) affects the economic growth, migration , patterns of work, family structures, health systems and even trade and relative standings of nations (BURDEN OF LONGEVITY).
With the advancement of modern medicine and technology the life expectancy of individuals are increasing (increasing the "old olds").
On the other end, due to various modifiable/non-modifiable, environmental/genetic/life style and other factors, people are showing early signs of aging affecting the daily living and productivity adversely (increasing the "old young").
The "Social Jet Lag" (working against the circadian rhythm) has compounded the adverse aging issues by altering the "Endocrine and Nutritional homeostasis".
The non-communicable diseases like Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases are on rise.
On the other end, the caregiver to dependent ratio is shifting towards adverse.
Antiaging Medicine was initially focusing on longevity, but now the spectrum is widening towards "Reversing Aging" by combination of various modalities of conventional, interventional and life style medicine.
"Wellness" is a privilege in today's world. Where "Health" is a birth right to everybody, "Wellness" needs to be acquired.
- Aging is no more limited to the “Calendar Age”
- Functional Aging arriving before chronological aging secondary to:
1. Stress, Social Jet Lag, Lack of Sleep
2. Lack of Exercise, Decreased Physical Activity
3. Obesity, Malnutrition, Diabetes
4. Hormonal imbalances, Mood disorders
5. Pollution, Intoxication.
- Accumulation of complications of Living Long (Burden of LONGEVITY) : Non Communicable Diseases, Degenerative diseases, Physical & Mental decline , Frailty.
Today's Problems : Common Diseases in Today's Aging Population
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sleep Disorders
- Aesthetics issues
- Mood issues
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Memory problems
- Pain Syndromes
- Alzheimer's disease
- Sexual dysfunction
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Parkinson's disease
- Dental problems
- Autonomic dysfunction
- Stress Intolerance
- Appetite disorders
- Bowel problems
- Bladder problems
- Interpersonal issues
- Social issues
Categories of Functional Aging