Preventive healthcare concept is well accepted in nowadays. Both doctors and patients try to avoid severe illnesses that are unable to be treated, so we focus on regular medical checkups. Even though it is considered screening, if an abnormality is found, it means the disease has already developed for a while and is apparent through blood test and X-ray results. For preventive healthcare, this is considered late. We therefore focus on proactive healthcare at the cell level according to Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.
In our daily lives, we are all exposed to stress from various activities related to work, family, love, the economy, which we experience mentally. However, there is another type of stress which we are also exposed to everyday but we are not aware that it is stress. That is stress in every cell in our body which we cannot perceive, but comes from food, lifestyle, exercise, illness, etc. Carbohydrates, very sweet, or fatty foods, air pollution, stress, lack of sleep, smoking, and drinking are considered oxidants that may cause cellular stress. It is called "inflammatory process" that we cannot see and no symptom occurs. However, if it continues for long and results in the deterioration of cells and major organs, deterioration signs will start to appear, even though we are not aware that it is deterioration or what we call "aging".
We are likely to understand that aging means being dried-up, flabby and less beautiful or handsome and it is frustrating. However, deterioration in our body is even more frustrating because it means that all aspects of our potential will decrease, such as:
• Sleeping problems and feeling drowsy and forgetful when getting up for work
• Shoulder and back pain as if someone is sitting on them or office syndrome
• Dried up and flabby skin
• Increased risk of coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Nowadays, the trend for an anti-aging lifestyle is by changing our behavior for "anti-oxidants", which includes reducing stress, meditation, mindfulness, getting enough sleep, exercising at least 3 days a week, having a balanced diet, avoiding carbohydrate foods, fatty foods, fried foods in heavily used oil, drinking or smoking.
Dr. Thisara Weerasamai, M.D., Head of Anti-Aging Medicine Center, Phyathai 1 Hospital