hat if you could target many of the processes fundamental to aging that underlie all age-related chronic diseases and optimize your long-term health at the same time? Most of us would do it if given the chance. The Performance Medicine specialty practice of SocolMD in Beverly Hills, California approaches healthcare through this sort of prism. That you’ll look good and feel great while doing it is a value-added bonus. If you’re 35-to-50 years old, age-related chronic disease (see below) may not be something that you think about frequently. It may not even on your horizon – until you’ve been diagnosed with one. And if you fall into this latter group, the sooner you act the better. There’s proof of concept in the medical literature that you can alleviate the major age-related chronic diseases as a group instead of one at a time if you’re pro-active and comprehensive in your approach to health. But giving yourself the gift of time is critical for this to work. So the bottom line is simple: Working with SocolMD gives you the tools and the expertise to chart your own course, and if you need to, to get your health back on track with time to spare.
If you develop an age-related chronic disease, it accelerates the rate at which other parts of your body age. Ultimately age-related chronic diseases reduce quality of life, limit physical function, accelerate physical deterioration and eliminate choice.
What are age-related chronic diseases?
Age-related chronic diseases include:
- Heart disease
- Insulin resistance
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic lung disease
- Sarcopenia (age-related muscle wasting)
How does SocolMD approach care for 35-to-50 year olds?
Our leading consideration in the care of all patients is the needs of the individual. This precision-based approach yields the greatest volume of useful information that has an impact on clinical decision-making.
Dr. Socol blends in patient goals with the findings of their evaluation to create a highly personalized and comprehensive program that emphasizes nutrition, movement, metabolic and hormonal optimization and sleep.
The practice works with the patient as well as their family members, personal trainers, physicians and caregivers as needed. Dr. Socol may also make referrals to other specialists when the situation warrants it.
For the woman who has gone through early menopause naturally or because of surgery -
Menopause before the age of 50 considerably increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, stroke, diabetes, and other age-related chronic diseases. The earlier the onset of menopause, the greater the risk.
Women who have experienced an early menopause are strongly encouraged either to speak with their healthcare provider regarding opportunities for care or to reach out to Dr. Socol.
Since the window of opportunity to minimize risk (see Menopausal Services) narrows with time, women are encouraged to pursue this conversation on a timely basis.
How does genomic testing fit into the SocolMD platform?
Genomic testing can be useful in a variety of clinical situations, such as what sort of medications to prescribe or which lifestyle interventions will get the best results.
Genomics can also inform a conversation about health risks that are passed down from parents to their child.
Dr. Socol works with genomic testing on a case-by-case basis.