Date published: April 19, 2012
Journal code: JWEX
Looking to start spring with new antiaging strategies? Dr. Scott Greenberg of the Magaziner Center for Wellness in Cherry Hill is using prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy and autologous stem cell transfers to repair damaged ligaments and tendons and alleviate joint and back pain. "Prolotherapy involves a series of injections of lidocaine and dextrose, which is sugar water," Greenberg explains. "The injection creates a reaction in the tissue, which triggers the immune system to heal the location of the injection."
The number of injections required depends on the extent of the injury and have proved effective in treating even severe injuries of professional athletes. Greenberg's patients include former Flyer Simon Gagne and Mark Simoneau, a former Eagle.
Greenberg has also seen success with platelet-rich plasma therapy, which harvests growth factors from patients' blood and injects them into injured areas. Autologous stem cell transfers do the same thing but use patients' own stem cells, harvested from their adipose fat. "It's a little liposuction and a lot of joint healing," Greenberg says.
Reducing body fat is just one of the goals Elena Ciccotelli has for her clients. Ciccotelli is the owner of Cherry Hill's Trainer Diva, a team of personal trainers who work with clients in their own homes. "Losing weight is only one of the anti-aging benefits of exercise, " Ciccotelli says. "Exercise can improve bone density, cardiac health and help with balance problems. Those things are invisible but critical to leading a full life at every age. In fact, your chronological age can be 65 but your biological age could be 35, or vice versa."
Where to start? Ciccotelli's anti-aging regimen for beginners is 20 minutes of cardio, 3 to 4 days per week plus resistance training for 20 to 30 minutes twice a week. She also issues caution for people over 55. "Exercising with proper form is critical as the body ages so that injury can be avoided," she says. "I suggest older people do at least a few sesions with a personal trainer to learn that proper form. Sit-ups, for example, put too much strain on the back, so we do other abdominal work. Pushups put too much strain on the shoulders, so we do other arm exercises."
Another weapon in the anti-aging arsenal: food. "People think 'diet' and think of what they can't eat, but I try to tell them what they should eat," says registered dietitian Susan Levy. "And while low-fat foods are a must, what benefits the body most are pretty delicious options."
Legumes, broccoli, almonds, oatmeal, citrus anddark chocolate are some of Levy's favorite anti-aging foods. But her favorite anti-aging food? Fish. She reccomends eating eight ounces per week. "Fresh fish is great for the heart, waistline and brain," Levy says. "Fish has been shown to lower rates of Alzheimer's and dementia and increase the gray matter in the brain to improve memory. Just remember to put it on the shopping list."