Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 16, 2006
This year, the first Baby Boomers are turning 60. In large part, Boomers are responsible for the explosive growth of the longevity movement and the spinoff anti-aging marketplace. The anti-aging industry, valued at $45.5 billion (2004), is growing at an average annual growth rate of 9.5%. By 2009, the anti-aging marketplace will reach nearly $72 billion. [Business Communications Co., Inc.]
The 20 March 2006 issue of BusinessWeek features a Special Report series covering anti-aging medicine. In a related Online Extra, BusinessWeek features an excerpted interview by Science Editor Arlene Weintraub with Ronald Klatz, M.D., President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), the academic leader in a worldwide movement in life enhancement and life extension that involves more than 50,000 physicians in over 80 countries.
In its Online Extra, BusinessWeek refers to Dr. Klatz as "The Guru of Anti-Aging," and acknowledges that he coined the phrase "anti-aging" more than a decade ago. In 1993, a dozen physicians convened to discuss scientific breakthroughs making major inroads in identifying the mechanisms of deterioration and vulnerability to age-related diseases. These medical pioneers, led by Dr. Klatz, and A4M co-founder Robert Goldman, M.D., D.O., Ph.D., introduced a new definition of aging. Explains Dr. Klatz: "In this new perspective, the frailties and physical and mental failures associated with normal aging are caused by physiological dysfunctions that, in many cases, can be altered by appropriate medical interventions. As an extension of this redefinition, we proposed an innovative model for healthcare that focused on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. 'Anti-aging medicine' was born."
In the 14 years that have since followed, anti-aging medicine has achieved international recognition. Anti-aging medicine is now practiced by thousands of physicians in private medical offices as well as some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals around the world. Many medical schools now include anti-aging in their programs and physicians have clocked hundreds of thousands of hours of advanced medical education to train in this new medical specialty. Acknowledging the social, economic, and medical dilemmas anticipated to arrive with a rapidly growing aging population worldwide, anti-aging medicine has also garnered important recognition from leading public policy groups and members of academia. Universally, those involved in healthcare or those whose fields of expertise intersect with healthcare issues support anti-aging medicine as a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. Public policy organizations and government agencies are now embracing anti-aging medicine as a viable solution to alleviate the mounting social, economic, and medical woes otherwise anticipated to arrive with the aging of nearly every nation on the planet.
BusinessWeek aptly refers to Dr. Klatz as "a leading light in the anti-aging medical movement." Serving as President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Klatz oversees continuing medical education for more than 30,000 physicians at 26 physician education programs taking place in 2006 in venues around the world. He also is Medical Advisor to The World Health Network, at http://www.worldhealth.net, the Internet's leading anti-aging portal, which receives more than 16 million hits a month and distributes a free electronic newsletter covering the latest anti-aging medical breakthroughs to 300,000 subscribers.
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Inc. ("A4M") is a non-profit medical society dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. A4M is also dedicated to educating physicians, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breaking technologies, and anti-aging issues. A4M believes that the disabilities associated with normal aging are caused by physiological dysfunction which in many cases are ameliorable to medical treatment, such that the human lifespan can be increased, and the quality of one's life enhanced as one grows chronologically older. A4M seeks to disseminate information concerning innovative science and research as well as treatment modalities designed to prolong the human lifespan. Anti-Aging Medicine is based on the scientific principles of responsible medical care consistent with those of other healthcare specialties. Although A4M seeks to disseminate information on many types of medical treatments, it does not promote or endorse any specific treatment nor does it sell or endorse any commercial product.
SOURCE: The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), Chicago, IL
CONTACT: Catherine Cebula
PHONE: (877) 572-0608
FAX: (978) 742-9719
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