As over 8,000 baby boomers are reaching age 65 daily, Age Management Medicine is at the forefront of 21st century medicine. As we age, our body processes typically slow down. Healthy aging programs centered on evidenced based patient care are attracting record numbers of physicians interested in incorporating these ideas into their practices. This month, the Age Management Medicine Group held their annual conference for a membership of 14 thousand doctors from every state and 25 countries.
The goals of age management medicine include disease prevention, increased quality of life, enhanced wellbeing and longer health spans. The pillars of treatment in this area include: prevention and early detection, balanced hormone replacement, nutrition (including vitamin and mineral supplementation), and fitness. Symptoms that often indicate problems in the area of aging include: fatigue, decreased libido, increased belly fat, insomnia, mood changes. New thoughts in this field are: stem cell use, genetic testing, telomere length hormones and arterial conditioning.
Although there are many sub-topics in age management medicine, in this segment, Dr. Knott, who is an author in this field, will be discussing the hormonal aspects of aging and specifically hypothyroidism, its incidence, symptoms, and treatment. The thyroid’s decreasing function often develops slowly and most people may not notice symptoms of cold, decreased heart rate, fatigue, gradual weight gain, depression and thinning hair. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism in the body, affects every organ and slows down production as we age. Patients can find more information at www.managingyourage.com
Ken G. Knott, M.D.
Dr. Ken G. Knott received his medical degree (M.D) from the Memphis based University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in 1976. He completed his internship and residency training through Ohio State University in 1980 and was awarded board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He relocated to Marietta, Georgia in 1988. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Knott developed a keen interest in hormone replacement for adults when he discovered the rather remarkable effect hormones had on the healing response when he successfully treated a patient with a knee problem through hormone therapy. During his studies, Dr. Knott discovered that many myths existed in regard to the subject of hormone replacement- some quite concerning. Dr. Knott wrote and published his book entitled, “Dangerous Medicine, What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Hurt You.”