Why are the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) "Anti" Anti-Aging Medicine?

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Why are the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) "Anti" Anti-Aging Medicine?

In response to the recent cautionary Public Alert from the National Institutes on Aging (NIA) and AARP editorial "Anti-Aging Humbug," which deny the health value of anti-aging hormones and nutritional supplements, the President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine(A4M) asks, "Are they saying, 'grow old and die a miserable death from degenerative diseases of aging but first give us your money?'" A4M, with 1,500 members in 36 nations, is the world's largest society of physicians, scientists, and researchers dedicated to slowing, stopping, or reversing the physical effects of aging.

"Aging is not inevitable, and we have the medication, diagnostic methods and tools to slow aging starting now!" says Dr. Ronald Klatz. "Why isn't the NIA spending its $500+ million budget to search for methods of slowing, reversing, curing, and eliminating age-related disorders (anti-aging medicine), instead of mounting a multi-million-dollar public misinformation campaign downplaying the clinically proven age-ameliorating effects of estrogen, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), DHEA and testosterone?" asks Klatz.

"This is a bizarre action on the part of the NIA, especially in view of the just-published research study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on hormone replacement therapy," says Klatz. The study credits estrogen replacement therapy with the ability to lengthen women's lifespans. Estrogen replacement diminishes the incidence of aging-related disorders such as heart disease, osteoporosis, thinning and drying of the skin, and also has the benefit of reducing the incidence of Alzheimer's Disease, improving the memory of those who already have that dreaded disorder.

The anti-aging therapy of which estrogen is just one example not only improves the quality of life, but extends lifespan as well. Klatz is frankly baffled by both the number and the vigor of recent attacks against hormone replacement therapy.

"Controversy?" he asks. "We don't have any problem replacing insulin in a diabetic. Why, then, is it strange that replacing hormones in the elderly leads to improved health and vitality? It works. It improves people's lives, and that's what I became a doctor to do."

The NIA's Michael Miller is quoted as saying, "It's taken four decades for scientists to determine how much estrogen to prescribe." But Klatz points out that most of us do not have 40 years to wait until final, conclusive research results confirm what practicing anti-aging physicians already know: that it is possible to delay or prevent the onset of degenerative diseases usually associated with aging.

"How many studies on vitamin C and anti-oxidants do they require before they consider them part of an anti-aging program? We may well all be dead by then." Klatz wonders about the potential negative effects of the NIA's statements. "Perhaps we have the wrong players on our team. If this were an Olympic race, would we want teammates who think running a 4-minute mile is impossible? If, in fact, anti-aging medicine is a hoax, why are we living so much longer and healthier today? And why is the fastest-growing segment of the population 85 years and above?"

In his just-released book from HarperCollins, Grow Young with HGH, Klatz reports "thousands are now using HGH (and other anti-aging hormones) with near-miraculous results, including hundreds of physicians." Patients routinely report effortless fat loss with both bone and muscle gain. This therapy also improves mental performance, sexual arousal and function, vision, facial wrinkling and thinning of the skin, cardiac strength and output. It also restores, repairs, and regrows weakened organ systems. Many HGH users report objective physiologic improvements equivalent to biological rejuvenation and de-aging of up to 20 years.

While the President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine agrees with the NIA that hormones and hormone-releasing supplements are powerfully effective compounds and must be carefully used under the supervision of a knowledgeable physician with proper laboratory analysis, Klatz believes that the NIA's and AARP's "Anti" anti-aging message will only serve to confuse the public and needlessly hinder the advancement of a critical new clinical specialty of medicine.

The A4M plans to begin certifying physician specialists in the new science of anti-aging medical therapies at its 5th Annual Conference on Anti-Aging Medicine and Biotechnology in December of this year.

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