Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is integrative metabolic medicine (IMM)?
Integrative metabolic medicine (IMM) combines the practices and methods of alternative medicine with traditional medicine to achieve optimal health. IMM has been shown to be effective in the treatment of illness, as well as improving overall quality of life. IMM also provides the foundational approach for the Ageology treatment model.
Q2. What is Ageology?
Ageology is a growing national network of highly credentialed, independent physicians who specialize in integrative metabolic medicine (IMM), which helps patients regain their health and then achieve their optimal health, despite the changes that occur as they age. Ultimately, the goal of Ageology is to help patients overcome the impact of aging so they can lead productive, healthy lives for a longer period of time. Through the application of a robust IMM treatment model, Ageology uses five pillars of a treatment plan that target the whole patient, instead of a reactive and primarily pharmaceutical response to lab results. The pillars –vitamins, nutrition, fitness, hormones and mind/body– allow Ageology physicians to help patients stabilize their health and regain the quality of life they seek through a completely customized and comprehensive treatment approach. Additionally, Ageology physicians can and do prescribe medications to their patients as needed.
Q3. What are the five pillars and why are they important?
Ageology physicians evaluate the entire person, leveraging the five pillars of health that, properly balanced and managed, allow patients to achieve optimal wellness – making lifespan (how long you live) and healthspan (the period within lifespan where an individual is healthy and thriving, not just surviving) synonymous. The pillars are:
- Mind and Body
The five pillars are so important because, taken together and applied to each patient individually, they offer a true path to wellness as opposed to situational treatment of symptoms as they arise.
As part of their whole person assessment, Ageology physicians can and do prescribe, and help patients manage their medications. The goal is to maintain optimum health for each individual, as defined by patient and physician together. This might mean setting a goal for a patient to eventually come off pharmaceuticals at some point in the future, and it might not. It might also mean adding a pharmaceutical to a patient’s treatment plan.
Q4. How is an Ageology physician different than a traditional physician?
Ageology physician members are medical doctors who can and do prescribe, and help patients manage their medications, but they also break through the one-dimensional (traditional) approach to treating patients based on lab reports and symptoms and offer a paradigm that truly embraces multi-dimensional healthcare. They do this, for example, by evaluating stress – both situational and long-term – and helping patients develop management strategies for mitigating the effects stress has on the body.
Ageology doctors are on the cutting edge of new developments in the field, allowing them to best evaluate patient’s goals and develop an individualized health plan that works best for each patient.
The Ageology network of physicians believes it is as important to know when to stop a treatment, as it is to know when to start one. Their goal is to place the opportunity to live better into the hands of every person who is committed to achieving it.
Q5. What are the benefits of an integrative metabolic medicine (IMM) treatment approach?
An IMM treatment approach takes into account every single aspect of a patient’s life, such as nutrition, stress, vitamins, sleep, exercise, etc. Because of that, no two treatment plans are the same. Every patient has their own individualized medical treatment that works specifically for them. In IMM, a “one-size-fits- all” approach does not exist.
Q6. Who should see an Ageology physician?
Ageology physicians can benefit many people, including those who are ill, and want to find a path to get better, and those who are well, and want to work with a physician one-on-one to maintain their health and vitality as they age.
For patients who are struggling with illness: Anyone who cannot find satisfactory answers in traditional medicine should consider an integrative metabolic medicine (IMM) treatment plan and contact an Ageology physician. Other reasons to see an Ageology physician:
- Extreme or unexplained mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, depression, helplessness, weight gain.
- Countless other doctors have tried to diagnose you, but nothing is working.
- You want to get well, feel well, and age well!
- You’re a women in perimenopause or menopause who has never used hormone therapy
- Little or no interest in sex
- Currently using hormone therapy
- You’ve used hormone therapy before and are considering using it again
For patients who are feeling good, and want to maintain their vitality:
- Patients develop an individualized plan with their Ageology physician that helps them monitor their health and continue the wellness behaviors that have always worked for them.
- In partnership, physician and patient identify “aging” risk factors, based on genetics, health history and the like, to determine what types of challenges the patient is likely to face as he/she ages and plans for addressing them early on if/when they begin to emerge.
Q7. When should you see an Ageology physician?
Ageology patients generally range from their mid-thirties to upper 60’s. However, there’s no right or wrong time to go see one if you’re interested in healthy aging.
Q8. When will I see results?
Some people report immediate results (see our patient testimonials page). However, we want our patients to understand that feeling better isn’t about a quick fix. It’s an ongoing, lifelong commitment. And our goal is to place the opportunity to live better into the hands of every person who is committed to achieving it.
Q9. I’ve tried everything, why is Ageology different?
Ageology combines the practice of traditional medicine with alternative treatments that address whole body wellness, including pain points such as individual stressors, depression, anxiety and chronic illness. The Ageology physician doesn’t simply look for “the solution,” he/she looks for the “right solution” for each individual. This takes time. It takes trust and it forms a bond between the physician and the patient, so that the doctor is viewed as a long-term “wellness guide” who focuses on helping a patient achieve health goals that are meaningful to them, in a time frame that is comfortable.
Q10. Will the doctor take me off of my prescriptions?
Ageology physicians can and do prescribe, and help patients manage their medications. The goal is to maintain optimum health for each individual, as defined by patient and physician together. This might mean setting a goal for a patient to come off pharmaceuticals at some point in the future, and it might not. Overall, your Ageology physician will create a treatment plan that best supports your wellness needs, and prescription medicines may or may not be a part of that plan.
For example, a patient might begin his Ageology program on blood pressure medication. Over time, however, as treatment progresses, the patient’s health might improve to the point where that medication is no longer needed. If that occurs, the physician will recommend discontinuing use.
It is important to know that entering the Ageology program does not require a patient commitment to stop the use of medication.
Q11. I feel fine. Do I need an Ageology physician?
Even if you feel OK right now the goal of the Ageology physician is to keep you feeling fine (actually, to keep you feeling much better than just “fine!”).
As people age, changes occur as that are sometimes out of your control. Rather than react to those changes as they happen, which can sometimes be too late, taking a preventative approach to your health can make all the difference. These lifestyle changes do not have to be drastic. In some cases, it’s simply watching what you eat or exercising more frequently. In other cases, it’s starting bioidentical hormone therapy or taking a new medication prescribed by an Ageology physician. The best way to continue feeling like yourself as you age, despite the changes that come with getting older, is to create a personal wellness plan that addresses your specific needs.