Although the term “Anti-Aging” only became common within the past 10 years, it really is a continuation previous medical practices designed to prevent chronic illness. So, Anti-Aging today is what forward looking doctors called “Preventative Medicine” in the more distant past. A key reason for this shift from preventative medicine to anti-aging medicine has been the greater reliance on measuring the biomarkers of aging and implementing specific lifestyle and therapeutic treatments to alter the rate in which someone ages, as determined by positive changes in those specific biomarkers of aging.
10 Things You Need To Know about Anti-Aging Treatments in Thailand
1. LEARN YOUR BIOLOGICAL AGE.
The best place to start your quest for living a healthier and longer life is to know where you’re starting. Definition – “Biological Age” is the result of measuring how well you are aging rather than the age their Birth Certificate may indicate. For example, a person may have a “chronological age” of 53 years and yet, based on a number of tests and evaluations, they could have a biological age of 63 years. How could that be? If the 53 year old smokes each day, is 45 lbs. overweight and the only exercise they get is walking to the refrigerator every 20 minutes during the football games on Sunday to grab another beer, then they could have a biological age of 10 years older than their chronological age. How to learn you “Biological Age?” Check out this link to REALAGE(https://www.sharecare.com/static/realage-test) and contact Global Healthcare Options for an introduction to a an American Board Certified Anti-Aging Physician in Thailand.
2. EAT WELL A WHOLE FOOD PLANT-BASED DIET.
Thailand is a healthy food lover’s paradise, especially those looking for something new and exotic. The overwhelming amount of scientific literature on the role of diet on one’s probability of living a healthy and long life points to diets low in animal products, processed foods, and high in fresh fruits, vegetables and fiber. Until very recently, you would only occasionally see obesity present in Thailand and then is was only in some of the bigger cities, but as Thailand like much of the world adopts more and more Western culture, they also get some of downsides, like obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. Learn to eat like a Traditional Thai or a Rural Asian Diet and you can greatly improve your odds of a living a long healthy life. Our favorite website for up-to-date information about the science behind healthy eating can be found here: Nutrition Facts(http://www.nutritionfacts.org).
3. GET FIT AND STAY ACTIVE.
Studies of all long lived groups of people have discovered that staying fit, by staying active is a crucial component to achieving health and longevity. Thailand is home to some of the most beautiful places in nature that can be found anywhere in the world. If you are coming to Thailand to stay in a health resort, there will be plenty of ways to get fit and stay active. There are beaches to swim at, mountains to climb and endless running trails and scenic bicycle tours. If it’s too hot, go Mall Walking in any one Thailand countless modern shopping malls.
4. RESEARCH THE WIDE RANGE OF ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS AVAILABLE.
“Anti-Aging Treatments” has become a marketing term, so learning what is “real” and what is “hype” requires some due diligence on your part. There are many useful online sources that can help you learn about the various anti-aging treatments currently available around the world and Thailand in specific. Talk you your doctor about any treatment you have an interest in; he or she may not know much about new treatments but is always a good place to start is by talking with the doctor you know an d trust the most. You might also want to look here: Longevity Magazine(http://www.worldhealth.net/subscribe/) and Life Extension Magazine(http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2015/9).
5. LEARN WHAT SUPPLEMENTS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU.
The laws governing the sale of supplements over the counter in Thailand are quite restrictive. The THAI FDA oversees this area of regulations and that make it problematic if you want to find the latest science-based supplements while on Holiday in Thailand. However, Thailand does boast a number of anti-aging clinics that specialize in creating personalized compounded supplements. The THAI FDA and Medical Counsel allow Thai Licensed Physician a large degree of latitude when it comes to writing prescriptions of compounded nutraceuticals. A number of clinics we work with in Bangkok and Phuket can formulate supplements to meet your exact physiological needs. How to learn what supplements are right for you? Contact Global Healthcare Options and we can introduce you to Physicians that specialize in this science.
6. DETERMINE YOUR NUTRITIONAL STATUS.
An important foundation to any anti-aging program is restoring your nutrient levels to their optimal levels. In order to achieve this, you must first learn what your current levels of vitamins, minerals, hormones and other critical substances are in your bloodstream. Anti-Aging Physicians in Thailand have the knowledge and technology to be able to carefully evaluate your current physiological state. This is most often done with the use of blood and urine tests. Some clinics have the technology that can run the tests and get results within hours. Contact Global Healthcare Options for more information.
7. DETERMINE YOUR GENOMIC PROFILE.
The field of genomic science is growing each year. What the scientists tell us is their understanding of the role of an individual’s genetic make-up in determining the person’s risk of chronic disease and early death is growing every year. Some Thai physicians have incorporated genomic testing into their diagnostic services offering. We’re happy to connect you with those facilities that offer these services.
8. IV THERAPY.
Thailand’s anti-aging clinics offer a wide variety of intravenous (IV) cocktails to enhance a person’s health and promote longevity. The more popular treatments available at many clinics include: IV Chelation Therapy, IV Nutrients, IV Ozone, and IV Cell Therapy. Each of these treatments has benefits and risks and we encourage you to research before to consider any of them. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at either our Live Chat (check the Live Chat Box at the lower right side of the website for immediate attention).
9. HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY.
An increasingly popular form of anti-aging treatment is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. You may know that hyperbaric oxygen (oxygen under pressure) has been used for decades to alleviate the condition known as “the bends” in scuba divers that ascend to rapidly after breathing compressed oxygen under water for a long time. It has also been used to speed wound healing in those suffering from burns or skin infections. Until relatively recently, scientists did not really know why it helped speed healing. What they learned fascinated the anti-aging doctors. They learned that breathing oxygen under pressure (like you do when you climb into a hyperbaric oxygen tank) triggers your body’s bone marrow to release millions of stem cells into your circulation. In fact, following two 1-hour treatments, the amount of circulating stem cells in your body more than doubles…..and following a course of sessions, your stem cell level can go up 600%. This discovery led to a few of the better clinics to offer comfortable hyperbaric oxygen treatments to those seeking the benefits of the stem cell therapy absent the high cost and risk.
10. STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem Cell Therapy is available in Thailand, but it’s use remains controversial. It’s important to make a distinction between conventional stem cell therapy and stem cell therapy for other uses. Stem Cell Therapy has been used for decades in conventional medicine, primarily for the treatment of blood born cancers like leukemia and lymphomas and other diseases of the blood like sickle cell anemia. There are also a number of inborn diseases that respond to treatment with stem cells. Each of the afore-mentioned conditions is treated with stem cells via a “bone marrow transplant” or “cord blood transplant.”
Unconventional uses of stem cells include using cord blood, placenta-derived, adipose-derived stem cells for the treatment of chronic diseases characterised by low-level chronic inflammation, like diabetes mellitus, arthritis, obesity, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and many more. Perhaps the most popular use of Stem Cell Therapy in Thailand is for Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation purposes.
Stem Cells derived from umbilical cord blood, placenta, amniotic fluid and adipose are called mesenchymal stem cells or MSCs. They have a long history of safe use. Medically, the doctors and scientists say they are profoundly anti-inflammatory and propose no risk of rejection or autoimmune reaction, even though the product came from a donor. In fact, MSCs are actually being used with organ transplants to reduce the risk of organ rejection.
At Global Healthcare Options, we do not prescribe specific treatments, rather we connect you to the best medical professionals in Thailand.