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Physician of the Month: Rehana Sajjad, MD

Rehana Sajjad, MD

A4M valued member Rehana Sajjad, MD, shares great insight from her professional experience in this Physician of the Month feature.

For 40 years, Dr. Rehana Sajjad has actively practiced in a wide spectrum of ob-gyn medicine cases, including outpatient and inpatient, with over 20 years of experience in the United States alone. Dr. Sajjad practices a core philosophy of enabling her patients to achieve highest levels of health and wellness. She utilizes the most up-to-date resources for evidence-based healthcare and, enhanced by her excellent communication skills, strives to keep her patients informed and involved in every aspect of their health care. She is often described by patients as being “motherly”. Dr. Sajjad is the Founder & Chief Provider at Women’s Health Care and a strong proponent of technological advancements.

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

I am a board certified OB/GYN.

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

I have started bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, leaky gut treatment, cardiovascular health, thyroid health, menopausal health, diabetes, weight loss, prevention of breast cancer recurrence, memory loss, longevity, and infertility. Even counseling to the prenatal patients has changed as well. I tell them to eat organic, improve their Vitamin D, C, B levels.

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

Anti-aging medicine gets to the root of the cause of the problem rather than treating the symptoms.

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

Patients are very happy and don’t even want to go back to their primary doctors and their traditional medicine philosophies.

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

This is the real medicine. If all the doctors start practicing this, it will give awareness to the general population about how to eat and live healthy and prevent heart diseases, cancers, auto immune diseases, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few.

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

My feeling is that 20 years from now, the country will have as many Anti Aging docs as we have conventional doctors now. The public will seek natural remedies and diseases will be curable with quality of life.

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Physical Activity Keeps White Matter in Shape

White matter tracts enable communication between areas of the brain, but like the rest of the body, they decline with age. However, research suggests that staying active may help to preserve the integrity of these tracts. Agnieszka Burzynska, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, and colleagues used accelerometers to track physical activity in 88 healthy but “low-fit” participants aged 60 to 78. Results showed that older adults who engaged more often in light physical activity had greater structural integrity in the white-matter tracts of the temporal lobes, which play a key role in memory, language, and the processing of visual and auditory information. Conversely, those who spent more time sitting had lower structural integrity in the white-matter tracts connecting the hippocampus. “This relationship between the integrity of tracts connecting the hippocampus and sedentariness is significant even when we control for age, gender and aerobic fitness,” said Burzynska. “It suggests that the physiological effect of sitting too much, even if you still exercise at the end of the day for half an hour, will have a detrimental effect on your brain.”

Burzynska AZ, Chaddock-Heyman L, Voss MW, et al. Physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are beneficial for white matter in low-fit older adults. PLoS One. 2014 Sep 17;9(9):e107413.  For more visit http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/uoia-slp091614.php

 

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10 Proteins Top Alzheimer’s Biomarkers

Often, the biological processes of Alzheimer’s Disease begin many years prior to the display of symptoms, making the pursuit of predictive diagnostics a paramount effort.  Simon Lovestone, from King’s College London (United Kingdom), and colleagues analyzed blood samples from 1,148 people: 476 with Alzheimer’s, 220 with mild cognitive impairment and 452 elderly controls without dementia. The researchers honed in on 26 proteins previously found to be linked with Alzheimer’s Disease, and found that 16 of the  proteins were strongly associated with brain shrinkage in either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s.  The team then ran a second series of tests to see which of these could predict which patients would progress from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s; they identified a combination of 10 proteins capable of predicting with 87% accuracy whether people with mild cognitive impairment would develop Alzheimer’s disease within a year.  Writing that: “We have identified 10 plasma proteins strongly associated with [Alzheimer’s] disease severity and disease progression,” the study authors submit that:  “Such markers may be useful for patient selection for clinical trials and assessment of patients with predisease subjective memory complaints.”  For the news source visit: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/07/08/us-health-alzheimers-idUKKBN0FC2IC20140708

Hye A, Riddoch-Contreras J, Baird AL, Ashton NJ, Bazenet C, Lovestone S, et al.  “Plasma proteins predict conversion to dementia from prodromal disease.”  Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jul 3.

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