Guest: Dr. Charles Mahl
Presenter: Neal Howard
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Guest Bio: Dr. Mahl is a former retinal surgeon. Following his own issues with back and hip pain he entered into his second career in regenerative medicine. His specialties are pain management using prolotherapy and stem cells to eradicate pain and negate surgery. Dr. Mahl is sought about by fellow physicians, celebrities and individuals from across the country and the US to be trained or treated by him. For more information, visit GenLife.
Segment overview: Dr. Charles Mahl, MD, FACS, FICS, talks about age management medicine.
Health Professional Radio – Age Management Strategies
Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. Thank you for joining us on the program today. Our guest in studio is Dr. Charles Mahl, certified in Age Management Medicine by the Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation. He completed his fellowships by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Age Management Medical Group and the Living Younger System of Preventative Aging and he’s here with us today to discuss age management medicine. Welcome back to the program Charlie.
Dr. Charles Mahl: Hi, thanks Neal. Happy to be here.
N: Thanks a lot for returning and giving us some more of your time. You’re here to talk today about age management. You’re certified in age management medicine, you’ve gone from retinal surgeon, you’re specializing in regenerative medicine there in Florida. Talk about your practice as it pertains to age management.
M: Well, I think age management is sort of another area of regenerative medicine and again I’m living in Florida now where the weather is mostly great except one it’s for the occasional hurricane and people want to be young here, want to feel good, want to be healthy. And really what age management means is it’s a way to delay the aging process and to try and live a healthy lifespan. I mean we all are gonna age, we’re all gonna die one day but how soon and to what extent that that happens is determined by several known factors and if we can address these factors and minimize any risk that we could have, we could live a nice long productive life and be healthy along the way.
N: You mentioned delaying the aging process, is that completely accurate? Are we talking about actually delaying the process or simply making the process of aging, giving us a better quality of life by learning how to live better?
M: I think it’s both. You get a better quality of life, learning how to live better as you said which was well said and at the same time you can delay the aging process. A man 70 years old now can live like a 50 year old now, a man 50 can be like a 30 year old. So we have methods available to us now to keep people young and vital both men and women and you actually just led me into what we call bioidentical hormones and we’re talking about men. We have the capabilities now, going back to women let’s talk about menopause, everybody knows about that, women after the child bearing ages things drop off and hormones really drop to a low level and then women tend to age faster. We have hormones now that we’re able to give women that are bioidentical to what’s normally in their body and keep them looking young, feminine and vital after menopause. And at the same way we’ve identified for men at a certain age they go through what we call andropause which is the level of testosterone drops down, their muscle tone becomes less, they start having sleep problems, their bone density and strength weakens and what-not. So we’re able to replace testosterone in men and give them youthfulness and vitality and live a long and productive life in that regard too. Men reduce their fat, they increase their muscle by testosterone intake, improve their concentration and maintain their sleep, their bone density and strength, all sorts of things testosterone helps. And it’s been proven that it does not cause heart attacks or cancer or things like that, we know men do better having a normal level of testosterone than a low level of testosterone. Men with low level of testosterone actually age very fast and are prone to problems. So there’s a lot of literature out there that really lets you know that this is good for men who have this type of problems and it’s not necessarily just men in their 50s or 60s or 70s even the 80s I have men who come to the office in their 30s to have what we call low testosterone or low T and there are ways of building that up for them so they can be self-confident and productive and youthful and vital and have less intimacy issues and etc. So it’s a really wonderful, wonderful field now.
N: Are there any treatments that involve delaying some of the diseases that come with aging regardless of whether you’re a 70 year old guy who’s got the stamina and vitality of a 50 year old guy? There are other things that address the cognitive issues that maybe come with age.
M: Absolutely. In the office actually we do something called biomarkers of aging, so is what you just alluded into which is we can do testing on the brain or on your lungs or on your heart and that will tell us if you’re functioning at the level of a 50 year old or a 70 year old depending on what age you’re at. So let’s say you’re 50 years old testing, comes out you’re functioning at the level of the 32 year old man, everybody’s happy. If you’re functioning at a 70 year old level, we’re not that happy and we want to address those issues. We can find out if you’re heading into Alzheimer’s disease or any type of memory loss or Parkinson’s or what-not. And the other thing about this is there are simple things that most people really don’t do ‘good living’ I call it – eating well, alcohol in moderation, not smoking. They’re basic things but a lot of the population just doesn’t follow this type of lifestyle. So some of the things people do, they get in trouble with a bit of excess alcohol or excess if somebody loves dairy products and it raises their cholesterols and triglycerides. So we know the factors, that’s what we talked about earlier, the factors of keeping our cholesterol and triglyceride counts in a normal range and alcohol in moderation that all saying everything in moderation is okay for you. We now know that we’re able to look at our hormones, our sex hormones and keep that in an optimal level to keep us young, youthful and vibrant. So healthy eating and we’ll get into that when we talk about weight loss and you’ll laugh because some of the things are so simple but we don’t really follow them including myself and I have a saying about medicines and what-not ‘Unless you need a medicine everyday that’s critical for you, if you can take your vitamins and supplements and what-not 80% of the time you’re gonna do fine.’ So you don’t have to be 100% in it or beat yourself up if you can’t do it all the time.
N: When in your opinion and experience, when would you say or does there exist a point at which it’s too late to begin some positive age management strategies? Now you operate a practice there in Florida, it’s GenLife. Are age management therapies part of the services offered at GenLife?
N: Do you think that there’s a point at which ‘Well you know what there’s really nothing that can be done’ or it’s never too late to begin?
M: I think it’s never too late to begin. I can’t remember the last time I saw a patient where I didn’t have something to offer them or where it was too late unless you’re talking about someone in the stage of terminal cancer which I don’t often see in my office. Most of the time people can help themselves and just tweak a few things in their life and really do well. We tend not to give from a medical standpoint we tend not to give hormones to a woman who hasn’t had any hormones for 10 years after menopause, so that’s probably the only restriction that I can think of that that would limit me let’s say helping a woman who comes in who has went through menopause at age 55 and now she’s 65 and wants me to do something. The literature on that states to be very careful with that and we tend to not start people on bioidentical hormones if they’ve been 10 years out from menopause. So that’s the only case that I can think of but there’s other things that I would do for a woman like that. I would put her on magnesium and calcium and vitamin D to help her bone structure, I would have her working out 3 days a week it’s 45 minutes of time minimum to keep her bones strong and whatnot and eating healthy and not smoking and whatnot. So the combination of good health and it comes back to that for everybody, really good health involves eating well and not smoking and drinking in moderation then the world is something called ‘Blue zones’ I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of that but people like to hear this. Blue zones, there’s about 8 of them in the world, I forget the gentleman who discovered this but he termed it blue zones because he happened to have a blue magic marker looking at a map of the world and he circled these areas in the world with the blue marker, so he called them blue zones. One is in Sardinia, one is in Costa Rica, one is in Loma Linda, California and these are people who lived to be over a hundred years old and the common denominator was most of these people lived long healthy lives because of they were eating well, they drank little or no alcohol, they never smoked, they were surrounded by family and friends which is important, they had some degree of spiritualness about it or religion and they did a lot of activities during a 24 hour period from farming to walking to whatever. So you can really make things simple and find that that besides our DNA and DNA contributes to our lifespan too but doing some just basic things can give you a long span too.
N: Where can our listeners go and get more information about GenLife?
M: Come to my website at GenLife Regenerative Medicine and I got a lot of information there on age management medicine and biomarkers of aging and all the benefits of hormone replacement for men and for women. I talk about HCG which you know about for dieting, people take HCG. I talk about human growth hormone the benefits of use of human growth hormone and anything that can help people, I have weight loss we’ll talk about it in another segment but all the things that can help people age gracefully and live a long life we talked about.
N: Great. Well Charlie it’s been a pleasure having you back in studio today with us.
M: My pleasure. Thank you Neal, I appreciate it.
N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, if you’re just joining us we’ve been in studio with Dr. Charles Mahl, certified in age management medicine by the Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation. He’s been in studio today with us discussing age management medicine and some strategies to help us all live better as we get older. Transcripts and audio of this program are available at healthprofessionalradio.com.au and also at hpr.fm and you can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes.