The rise of life expectancy of developed societies is generating a revolution in medicine, because it is not limited to find a cure for age-related diseases, but also looks for ways to keep our physical and mental health in optimum conditions for as much time as possible.
Traditionally, the word ‘anti-aging’ has been linked to aesthetic treatments. Anti-wrinkles creams, lifting, plastic surgeries, botox, hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers or chemical peels are part of usual vocabulary of this kinds of clinics. Although they still keep their strength and majoritarian presence, because of their quickness and accessibility, above all among emerging countries, they face nowadays new competitors in the quest for leadership within these markets.
In first-world countries, even though this trend continues to grow, the medical practice that focuses on preventing instead of just healing is gaining popularity. Regarding this matter, we might distinguish two techniques: diagnostic tests, which help us know the aging stage of our body, and therapies, that try to correct early symptoms of aging or rejuvenate our organism.
In general, diagnostic tests act at a cellular level. Aging, before becoming visible, begins internally. Therefore, researchers go behind the hallmarks of aging in telomeres, hormones or the so-called biological clock, to check whether the patient ages according to his age and life circumstances or if, by contrast, a patients aging process appears to be abnormally fast. In the short-term these signs seem to be slower, but are the most effective when stablishing comparison points and monitoring progress over time in an individual quest to slow or delay aging.
Among the most common rejuvenation therapies, we count with techniques coming from traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture or Tai-Chi as the most popular, to others including basis elements as ozone, serum, laser, nervous system or bio resonances. A particular category is made up of therapeutic interventions in the cells, as orthomolecular or mitochondrial therapies.