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Staying Young is an Inside Job

Jul 19, 2011
Staying Young is an Inside Job

It’s a common misconception that you can enhance your quality of life by simply picking up on a few health tips and selective treatments. But to get the best benefits for overall health and beauty it is necessary to examine everything in your life – from your genetic makeup to your workout regimen, intake of vitamins and nutrients, hormone balance and weight issues. And the way to accomplish this is with integrative medicine. “Most people go to the doctor when they are sick, that is, when they are faced with the usual suspects of diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis. But there is a better way. Why not opt for prevention when you can?” asks Dr Tanupol Virunhagarun, director of the Bangkok Royal Life Anti-Aging Center at Bangkok Hospital.

“The name of the center could be misunderstood because we have many misconceptions about health. Anti-ageing medicine is not a way to make yourself beautiful on the outside, but rather a way to be beautiful and healthy from the inside by fulfilling and balancing your body’s needs to slow down the ageing process. It’s a fact that you start ageing the day you are born,” he adds.

Looking at the services provided by the centre, one can’t help but wonder how they all fit together: prevention and rejuvenation, hormones and sexual health, anti-ageing sports medicine, aesthetics and beauty, vitamins and micronutrients, weight loss and bariatric medicine. “Everything starts from within the body. At the Bangkok Royal Life Anti-Aging Center our physicians will examine your body down to the molecular level – including your blood, urine and saliva – in one of the most advanced labs in the Asia-Pacific region. We then analyse your body’s systems and check for possible disorders that could manifest in the future. Once we get this information we can tailor-make prescriptions just for you. Simply taking whatever vitamins you see advertised may not suit everyone because of different lifestyles, surroundings, occupations and stress. That is why the supplements at Bangkok Royal Life Anti-Aging Center are adjusted specifically for your unique needs. As for hormones, they can affect everything from sleep patterns to your overall strength and sexual health. For instance, if your sex hormones are depleted, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s may set in. Therefore, monitoring hormone levels is very important for maintaining a good quality life. The key point to making yourself healthy is to keep everything at optimum levels. In a way, your health is like a car – if you wait until it’s broken it’s harder and takes more time to fix than if you keep up the maintenance and regular check-ups to keep things running smoothly,” explains Dr Tanupol. “This doesn’t mean you won’t ever get sick, but rather that you can live most of your life in prime condition.”

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