In the new field of anti-aging medicine, doctors are promising all kinds of pills and procedures to get you looking and feeling younger. But before you take the anti-aging leap, do a little homework on your doctor. Here are six physicians to avoid.
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Beware any doctor who claims he can slow, stop, or reverse the aging process.
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Beware any doctor who says he’s board-certified in anti-aging medicine or age management. The American Board of Medical Specialties (the gold standard in physician certification) does not recognize any such credential.
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Beware any doctor who suggests that you take human growth hormone (HGH). "It is illegal to prescribe for anti-aging purposes, period," says S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, of the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago.
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Beware any doctor who wants to prescribe you compounded bioidentical hormones. If you’re interested in hormone replacement therapy, including bioidenticals, go to a board-certified endocrinologist, internist, geriatrician, or gynecologist to get a prescription for a standardized, FDA-approved drug.
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Beware any doctor who tells you you have a hormone imbalance based simply on a saliva test, or that you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency based on a cheek swab or genetic test. It’s impossible to diagnose any of these conditions without, at the very least, a blood test.
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The very vague
Beware any doctor who can’t give you any evidence of the safety and efficacy of the
medical intervention he’s recommending. Your doctor should be able to offer examples of published clinical studies that have been conducted on the treatment.
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