joining a longevity program: what to look for

Fortunately, anyone can join a longevity program, and at any age. It is not the age that counts; rather, it is your overall health, level of functioning, and quality of life.

It is clear that the best way to treat a disease is to prevent it, and the earlier in life that you start, the better off you will be. But help and improvement of function is available at any age, and it is never too late to start.

Stop taking for granted that being sick is an inevitable part of becoming old. Being proactive about your health and level of aging is critical to improving your overall well being. Longevity and healthy aging is a commitment. When you are ready to make such a commitment, join a clinic that is able to cater to your needs. And remember that it is very important to join a clinic in which you are a part of the team. You should be able to speak directly with the physician in charge, and know his or her credentials and level of training. You should also have access to information on the treatments offered, including their risks and benefits. It is also important to have information on the lab tests used, making sure that they are done appropriately, as this determines what treatment is offered to you, as well as its cost and potential for improving your health.

Just like you do not judge a book by it’s cover, it also wise to avoid judging a longevity program based on its external features. Remember the Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Emperor is Naked”. External looks are not always what are important, but it is what is inside you that counts.

It is important that you gain trust in the clinic, and at the same time be an active partner in taking care of your health.