Anti-aging medicine is a clinical specialty founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. It is a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. As such, anti-aging medicine is based on principles of sound and responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties. The phrase “anti-aging,” relates to the application of advanced biomedical technologies focused on the early detection, prevention, and treatment of aging-related disease.
Anti-aging medicine complements regenerative medicine, as both specialties embrace cutting-edge biomedical technologies aimed at achieving benefits for both the quality and quantity of the human lifespan. Some of the most promising aspects of regenerative medicine include:
- Stem cell therapeutics: technologies aiming to beneficially alter the very basic cellular sources of dysfunctions, disorders, disabilities, and diseases
- Therapeutic cloning: technologies to develop ample sources of human cells, tissues, and organs for use in acute emergency care as well as the treatment of chronic, debilitating diseases
- Genetic engineering and genomics: advancements that permit the identification and alteration of genetics to ameliorate dysfunctions, disorders, disabilities, and diseases
- Nanotechnology, deploying micro- and molecular-sized tools to manipulate human tissue biology for microsurgical repair on a gross level, as well as microscopic nano-biology for repair at the most basic cellular level
Taken collectively, the advancements offered by anti-aging and regenerative medicine to improve the quality of and/or extend the length of the human lifespan are the singlemost potent emerging biomedical technologies today!
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