Benefits of HRT in Bone Health

A new cross-sectional analysis, coupled with research published last week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, indicates that hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) can improve both bone-mineral density and bone mass/structure, with benefits that have the potential to continue up to two years after the discontinuation of treatment.

HRT is a form of therapy during which a patient receives hormones, for the purpose of supplementing a lack of naturally occurring hormones, or in order to substitute other hormones for naturally occurring hormones. Its use has been consistently studied and assessed in observational studies, case-control studies, meta-analyses, and randomized clinical trials; its applications have gradually expanded and been implemented.

Ample evidence and research further suggests that HRT is an effective first-line treatment for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis due to its anti-fracture efficacy, primarily among young postmenopausal women—and can be continued for up to a decade. These findings are specifically significant because of the inherent downfalls of current drugs and pharmaceuticals, which have demonstrated less than optimal effects on bone microarchitecture.

Physician of the Month: Quan Haduong, MD, FAARM, ABAARM

A4M valued member Quan Haduong, MD, FAARM, ABAARM, shares insight from his professional experience in this Physician of the Month feature.

Dr. Haduong, an anesthesiologist in Las Vegas, Nevada, who is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, received his medical degree from University of California Irvine School of Medicine. After years of solely practicing anesthesia and pain medicine, Dr. Haduong joined A4M, and began his journey to implementing anti-aging services in his own private practice.

Dr. Haduong

Q: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?

I purely practiced anesthesia and chronic pain medicine. I could only privately study and practice anti-aging medicine with close friends and family . After joining A4M, I am now able to have my own private practice with anti-aging services.

Q: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? How did you so?

Our practice has age management services such as: nutritional advice and supplements, electro Medicine, and IV (including NAD) therapy. Our practice focuses on chronic pain management; we focus on finding the root cause of the problem. We are able to easily incorporate anti-aging philosophy and techniques to help improve the wellbeing of our patients.

Q: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine (both as a professional, and for your practice)?

Anti-aging medicine is a natural method for maintaining the healthy, energetic body of a child throughout your lifetime. It is also a long-term solution for combating disease, illness, and pain that will ensure that the illnesses and pain do not return after being treated.

Q: What are the changes you see in your patients?

Our patients are more energetic, both physically and mentally, and they physically appear younger, with less day-to-day pain and clearer skin and laugh lines. They are also more enthusiastic about going through their days, excited to see how they can live their lives to their fullest.

Q: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?

It is very rewarding. The patients that join our clinic are very enthusiastic and willing to use the treatments we recommend.

Anti-aging medicine is easy to understand from a patient’s standpoint, and it is easy to maintain independently if a patient is forced to miss an appointment. Patients will be able to fully understand how and why they are being treated with anti-aging medicine techniques, which will allow them to help you–the practitioner–find them a personalized treatment plan that is immensely effective. If they miss their next appointment, they will be able to maintain their positive progress long enough so that the next time they visit, there will not be much regression, if any at all, that needs to be treated again. Anti-aging medicine is a powerful tool to heal patients and reduce the epidemics of sickness that should not exist in such a modern world.

Q: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?

In 20 years, Anti-aging medicine will become more widely accepted and practiced: the basis behind Anti-Aging medicine is sound. Perhaps with a wider spread of education across the medical community, the practice will become more common. The market of sales for supplements has exploded, and in lieu of a medical professional, many of these supplements should not be sold to the general public without the recommendation of a licensed practitioner.

Open to all A4M Members: If you would like to be featured as A4M’s Physician of Month, please write us at info@a4m.com.  

Combatting Alzheimer’s: Continued

At A4M, our mission is to spread awareness regarding the need for research, funding, and further education in order to prevent age-related diseases. This will not be the last you hear from us concerning Alzheimer’s, as it is a topic that both deserves and requires a significant amount of attention.

Alzheimer’s disease currently affects more than five million Americans, a number that could potentially skyrocket to 16 million in the next three decades. Not only is Alzheimer’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the country, but it also leads to tremendous financial and emotional instabilities, in addition to extensive family strain and stress.

The cognitive losses that accompany Alzheimer’s disease are, at first blush, signs of normal aging: forgetfulness, disorientation, and impairments in functioning that lead to one’s inability to perform basic, rudimentary tasks. Yet these symptoms are merely the tip of the iceberg: depression, anxiety, aggression, and a detachment from reality are some of the emotional and behavioral problems that stem from Alzheimer’s.

Within the past week, the first drug designed to acutely treat Alzheimer’s failed to show significant benefit for those with mild forms of the disease. The drug, Solanezumab, is among the first of a new array of treatments designed to address and diagnose the disorder at its root cause, rather than merely alleviating symptoms. Had the pharmaceutical been successful, it would have been the first form of therapy that slowed the disease’s progression.

While the past two decades have incontrovertibly seen significant advances in our understanding of the disease, there is still no cure. Continued and increased funding in research is critically necessary, as most scientists and doctors believe that early detection is the primary way in which to stop the disease’s progression—or even ultimately cure it.

To become further involved with research, funding, or learn more about ways to prevent aging-related diseases, take a look at what being an A4M member means.  Enhancing health is always our top priority, and we believe if you are reading this, it is also yours.