Provided you have made the right lifestyle, dietary and nutrient adjustments, and outside of the genetic changes which happen with age, the gradual decline of the hormone systems of the body determines the rate at which we age more than any other factor.
We have known about hormones in medicine for over 100 years. However, because of the philosophical foundation of life, which has rested on the certainty of death at a predetermined time, medicine has been very slow to adapt this knowledge to prevent and reverse aging. The unconscious assumption has been that it would be somehow sacrilegious to life itself to interfere with the inevitable decline leading to death. Those bonds of being and thinking are now being broken.
Ask yourself this question: at what age in your life did you feel best, most vital, most optimistic? For most people the answer will be somewhere between 20 and 25. Therefore, why not do a survey of the hormone systems of the body and, by supplementation of orthomolecular human hormones (more recently called "bio-identical hormones"), return each one to the levels you enjoyed at age 20-25? When you do this, within a few weeks you begin to feel better. Within a few months you feel as you did when you were that age. And within a few years your appearance begins to reflect how young you feel.
Now, no-one is saying that you will appear to be 20 years old again, but the removal of 10 years of what you thought were the irreversible changes in appearance of aging is a very attainable goal.
The hormones DHEA, melatonin, pregnenolone, and HGH (human growth hormone) all help regulate the rate at which we age along with the physical and mental expressions of aging, and each of these items are now available. The best use of these items is not being made however, because they are sold over the counter and people have no idea what their levels of these hormones are before or after they start on them. The idea is to supplement exactly to ideal levels enjoyed at age 20-30, not to simply load up on some hormones you may or may not need. Other hormones, such as the natural human estrogens (estrone, estradiol, and estriol) (E1, E2, and E3) and testosterone are now available by prescription. However, to get the best results, all of these hormones should be tested before supplementation and supplementation should be aimed at providing optimal levels, not simply high levels. When it comes to hormones, not enough is bad, but too much can be worse.
The best test for hormone levels is the 24 hour urine collection. As blood levels vary up and down through the day, a blood test is a "snapshot" whereas a 24 hour urine collection analysis yields the absolute amount of hormone being made. A saliva level is a snapshot of a snapshot and is even less reliable. I recommend AAL Labs for the most complete and accurate tests possible.
Hormone replacement therapy is coming fully into its own and by itself can cut morbidity and mortality statistics in half. If you have not requested to be tested for the adrenal, sex, thyroid, and growth hormones, you are missing the boat and a powerful ticket to good health.
The problem, of course, is finding the right doctor to order these tests. Many doctors are still stuck in the philosophical rut of the past when aging was not considered a disease but an inevitable process, Many people have gone to their doctor with this or that complaint only to be told, “Well, what do you expect? You are getting old. Learn to live with it. We are all going to die!”
The idea is to bring all your hormone levels back to the level you enjoyed when you were in your twenties. After that, your hormone levels have been, almost surely, on a downhill course. You may have called it “normal aging,” but another term for it would be “multiple system degenerative disease.” If it is not necessary to have the problems brought on by the symptoms of the disease called aging, then why put up with it? This is a new era when only masochists and the uninformed put up with the changes of aging, masochists because they like pain and the uninformed because they don’t know any better.
For a more general discussion of aging, see Aging in America
and Hormones and Aging
. For a general introduction to HGH, follow this hyperlink: Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
. The Rudman Study of Human Growth Hormone
was the landmark study, published in 1990, and more than any other study propelled HGH to the forefront of anti-aging medicine. For a more clinical discussion of HGH deficiency: HGH Deficiency Syndrome of Adulthood