Did you know that by the year 2050 the population of those over the age of 65 is projected to be nearly 84 million? That’s double the population from a census report in 2012. Could this be fueling the interest in anti-aging medicine?

Fact: The average life expectancy is on the rise from 68 years of age in 1950 to 79 years of age in 2013, and is still increasing today. Dr. Marie Bernard, deputy director of NIH’s National Institute on Aging, states that if you make it to age 65 the likelihood that you’ll make it to 85 is very high, and if you make it to 85, the likelihood of you making it to 92 is high.

The interest in anti-aging medicine is on the rise and for good reason – as we see more and more older people becoming dissatisfied with the ‘disease management’ style of conventional medicine. In fact, in my opinion, everyone should be taking a closer look at anti-aging medicine – as a tool to improve the quality of their life by reducing the risk of age related diseases. 

Anti-aging medicine has a positive influence over life expectancy

Anti-aging medicine is a clinical medical specialty that was developed based on scientific technologies for early detection, prevention, treatment, as well as reversal of age related diseases. Anti-aging medicine is focused on helping to improve the productive lifespan of older adults. 

Anti-aging medicine is such a critical part of the health of the aging population, because although life expectancy is on the rise it is still reported by the National Counsel of Aging that nearly 92% of aging adults have at least 1 chronic disease. This field of medicine holds great promise for reducing healthcare costs.

No doubt, as anti-aging medicine grows in popularity – we’ll see a reduction in disease rates among older people. In truth, by simply implementing small changes to diet and exercise habits, productive lifespan can increase by dozens of years. Interesting to note: According to The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, scientific studies surrounding modest interventions in diet, exercise, nutrition, and single-gene modulation can modify lifespan by 20-800%.

Why aging is truly just a number

Disease used to be viewed as an inevitable part of the aging process, but not anymore. Views on how we age are beginning to change, and age is now being viewed as a number more and more. Although the vast majority of aging adults still suffer with some type of chronic disease, this reality is preventable and a growing number of people are seeing the results of healthy lifestyle habits.

The anti-aging medicine, organic food, yoga and other stress management techniques spreading throughout the population like a (healthy) wildfire. And, at the same time, there are people physically active and mentally sharp – well into their 80s, 90s and beyond. Is it a coincidence? 

Scientific evidence from the National Institute of Health has proved that even the smallest changes in nutrition, and fitness can increase lifespan, and prevent disease. The truth is that more people are turning to anti-aging medicine to prevent, treat and reverse many age related degenerative issues in order to live longer, more active lives.