What is Anti-ageing Medicine?
Anti-ageing medicine deals with the actual physiological and biochemical causes for diseases and age-related disorders. Anti-ageing doctors focus on treating the body at the microscopic, cellular, and biochemical levels. Anti-ageing physicians find and treat the cause of disease, and not simply prescribe medication to mask disease symptoms. Instead of maintaining disease in its current state, anti-aging medicine emphasizes the need to improve health, optimize performance, and increase the quality of life for the patient.
Hormone Balance is Vital to Your Health
Patients often complain of fatigue, memory problems, headaches, emotional, and relationship issues. Although these complaints are frequently treated with prescription drugs to mask the symptoms, the true underlying causes are not adequately addressed.
The absence or imbalance of certain hormones has been found to be often the primary cause of such common patient complaints. With age, your body becomes less efficient in producing proper levels of natural hormones that are critical to the functioning of all major organs and vital body systems. Unhealthy life style, poor nutrition, stress, and toxins cause molecular stress inside your body and lead to serious hormonal imbalances.
Both men and women can have unique hormonal problems. Women frequently suffer from premature perimenopausal symptoms. Men experience andropause, often associated with low testosterone levels.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
With minimal intervention, an anti-ageing physician can help patients with hormonal deficiencies regain their health and vitality. Treating the underlying hormonal imbalance has a much better effect than prescribing separate medications for the individual symptoms. Perimenopausal women report tremendous improvement in their well-being, reduced depression, better sleep, no anxiety, and no more weight gain.
In both man and women, disorders improve, thinking improves, and personal relationships get better. Patients report dramatic results, regained health, and renewed vitality.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses hormones that are identical on the molecular level to the hormones in your body. Hormone levels are tested throughout the process to determine the proper balance. Anti-ageing medicine emphasizes restoring hormones to normal, acceptable, healthy levels and returning your body to good health.
Personalized approach to healthcare is one of the most important cornerstones of anti-ageing medicine. Every patient is different biochemically, physiologically, and psychologically. A successful treatment plan must take into account the unique biochemistry of each individual patient.
Anti-ageing medicine focuses on designing custom treatment programs based on specialized tests, individual risk assessments, and unique health histories. Customized therapies allow anti-ageing medicine doctors to help their patients achieve and maintain optimal levels of performance: sexual, physical, and mental.
In anti-ageing medicine, prevention of future disease is just as important as treating an existing one. Active screening, early diagnosis, latest laboratory testing, modern medical imaging technologies, and prompt intervention are fundamental in helping patients avoid serious life-threatening diseases.
If you can prevent future diseases, you don’t have to be treated. An anti-aging physician will help you identify important risk factors and design a customized treatment to avoid getting sick. By optimizing health, improving nutrition, and making positive adjustments to your lifestyle, you can minimize the risks of major diseases.
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Cerebrovascular Disorders
- Cognitive decline
Anti-ageing medicine focuses on optimizing health, maintaining wellness, reducing known risk factors, prevention of diseases, pre-emptive testing, stop and reverse age-related diseases.
What are the costs?
Initial consultation is $375 Follow up visits are time dependant though usually $247.
Medicare rebate is applicable. There is no cover by private health insurance.
What happens at the first visit?
Your first consultation will be spent reviewing your medical history & symptoms questionnaire, there will be a physical examination and tests will be ordered. You will then have a follow up appointment booked, generally one month later (earlier if by phone), at which results of the tests will be extensively reviewed and treatment options discussed. At any further visits your blood work or other tests will be reviewed and any medication tailored based on your test results. Lifestyle, nutrition, environmental consideration will also be closely monitored where this is necessary.
How long are consultations?
Consultations can either be in person or through telephone. We generally allow 40 minutes – 30 mins face-face time and five minutes prior to review questionnaires/results and 5 minutes post to complete more extensive notes on your consultation for your patient records.
How do I contact the clinic?
Telephone calls to the doctor: Unless in an acute emergency you will not be able to talk to the doctor during office hours. Please leave your question with the office staff. Complex medical issues require an office visit or at the least, a telephone consultation at regular fees.
Emails to the doctor: If you have a medical question or concern with your medication or symptoms you are experiencing please email the doctor directly for confidentiality at the following email address: email@example.com
Complex medical issues require an office visit or at the least, a telephone consultation at regular fees.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
Please let us know as early as possible if you need to change your doctor appointment. There is usually a three month waitlist so it is important to try to keep your follow up appointments.
Can I get a renewal of medication?
Unless you schedule a follow-up visit every six months, we cannot renew your prescription. Renewal of medication should be done well in advance. It is important to have blood levels for hormones done every six months so dosages can be adjusted to you personally.
How can I get a supplement prescription?
If Dr Russell has prescribed nutritional supplements you can collect repeats from Far North Queensland Nutritionals at 626 Mulgrave Rd, Wooree or have them posted to you for a small fee by calling them on 4033 0689.
We will only call you with the results of blood tests or other labs if they contain critical values that need immediate attention. Otherwise we will discuss lab results during your next doctor visit. You will not be able to get results without consulting with the doctor.