Anti-Aging Products…Friend or Foe
Consumer Reports on Health is a monthly subscription that I receive and have confidence in what they write in their evidence-based articles. I know that what the “experts” say this year could change next year and we may become frustrated thinking that “they” are just changing their minds constantly so we brush it off telling ourselves that “they” will make up something new next year. However, we could contribute this ever-changing plethora of information to more extensive studies as well as new studies and better scientific research. Yes I agree we are constantly bombarded by information about what’s healthy and what’s not but for me I typically digest the information with some thought and contemplation and then follow my own advice of “take what you need and leave the rest.” Therefore, with that said I would like to summarize a bit of the information from the article published in their June 2015 volume called, “Anti-aging products: What works, what doesn’t”. I will give you short synopsis of their information about the product and follow up with their bottom line. If you care to investigate further, please visit ConsumerReports.org as well as other reputable medical sites.
Smart Drugs – the claim is they improve memory, focus, and attention. Bottom line, there is limited evidence that they improve cognition and may have side effects or interact with medicines you are already taking. There have been no long-term studies on how these drugs may affect healthy people.
Testosterone Replacement – These are approved for men with diagnosed hypogonadism, a failure to produce enough testosterone. However, there are higher risks of heart attack and stroke, which is why the American Association of Endocrinologists and the Endocrine Society advise against prescribing them without the confirmed deficiency.
Human Growth Hormone – The claim is these injections can increase muscle mass, reduce body fat, aid skin elasticity and slow bone loss. Bottom line, these are FDA approve only for three adult conditions, including growth-hormone deficiency caused by pituitary damage. For anyone else nope, any benefits are modest and it may increase the risk of cancer.
Bio-identical Hormones – This is considered a reasonable SHORT TERM treatment for hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Some however are led to believe long-term use will help women to look and feel younger. Bottom line, compounded bio-identical hormones are not FDA approved, carry risks of increased likelihood of blood clots, breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Anti-Aging Supplements – DHEA, proponents claim high doses can help ease depression, enhance sexual function and more. Bottom line, there is little evidence to support this, labeling is unclear of the contents and there is the possibility of interactions with other drugs.
Vitamin/Mineral Infusions – this is a hot trend among celebrities in which higher than normal levels of nutrients are infused directly into your bloodstream. Bottom line, nutrient infusions won’t extend your life and may in fact harm you. Some vitamins in high doses can be toxic!
Many folks want the quick and easy, the pill fix, the shot of whatever ails ya elixir and well the reality is that those methods typically do not work or may have some serious consequences. If you were considering any of these treatments, I would highly recommend doing more research and having an honest conversation with your doctor. Hope this gives you a little clarity.
Be Happy & Healthy My Friends…………
With Light and Love,