SECRETS TO GETTING YOUNG AGAIN
Dr. Jeffrey Galvin
with Jane Rogers
New Technology and Therapies Will Radically Extend Longevity.
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If you aspire to live a long life, don’t wait until you are 60 to pursue it, advises Dr. Jeffrey Galvin, director of the Vitality Medical Wellness Institute North Carolina. The earlier you begin living a lifestyle aimed at longevity, the more likely you are to reach your 90’s and beyond in health, he suggests.
“How do we build vibrant, healthy 90-year-olds?” he asks. “We start with 30 and 40-year-olds, maybe 50-year-olds.”
Galvin anticipates technologies, just over the horizon, that will radically extend human life. And current research (on mice and other animals) seeks to remove a body’s degraded cells and replace them with younger ones as a vehicle toward longevity..
But Dr. Galvin’s practice, the Vitality Medical Wellness Institute in Charlotte, NC, is not just trying to enable patients to live longer but also to enable them to be healthier as they age. “The idea is you want to stay healthy and performing really well for a long time,” he says.
Dr. Galvin wants to optimize peoples’ performance as long as possible and lessen the decline that often precedes death. He thinks it better to live to 90, and have just two years of decline rather than endure decades of decline even while living longer.
Another reason to strive for a healthy life sooner rather than later, he says, is that the life-prolonging technologies to become available in a few years won’t be accessible to the unhealthy. But,“If you’re 75 and you’re in top shape, then you’re going to absolutely be eligible for those therapies.”
He laments that most doctors treat disease and symptoms to manage decline but don’t show interest in patients’ overall health. He doesn’t blame the doctors themselves — “The system is not set up for you to be healthy,” he asserts.
Major causes of death — strokes and heart attacks, cancer, Alzheimer’s — must be minimized in advance. That entails evaluating family history and personal risk factors, testing for disease markers and planning how to uproot these potential seeds of death. “It really is important to do this testing and look at people’s baseline health,” Dr. Galvin says. “We reverse chronic disease, because you can’t really optimize until you get rid of all the underlying problems.”
About Dr. Jeffrey Galvin
Jeffrey Galvin is the medical director and founder of Vitality Medical Wellness Institute. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and obesity medicine. He served as a major in the United States Air Force, specializing in trauma and emergency care. After completing his military service, he settled in Concord, NC, with his wife and three children. With over 25 years’ experience working in some of the busiest emergency departments in the country, he has cared for over 50,000 emergency and trauma patients.
Dr. Galvin has extensive training and experience in functional medicine, hormonal optimization, fitness, nutrition, genomics and epigenetics, and brain peak performance. He is an expert biohacker experienced in nootropic use, peptide therapies, heart rate variability training, and sleep hacking. His goal is maximizing human performance, reversing chronic disease and optimizing overall health.
Dr. Galvin founded Vitality Medical Wellness Institute in 2010. It was born out of frustration with modern medicine’s focus on treating symptoms of illness, not the underlying causes. The Institute seeks to change the paradigm by which the medical establishment trains doctors to treat chronic medical problems with medication while ignoring the root origins of disease. Dr. Galvin believes that by focusing on nutrition, fitness, hormonal optimization, and permanent lifestyle changes, health can be optimized. By utilizing this approach his patients are able to reverse chronic medical conditions, lose weight and maximize performance. At the same time risk of future disease is minimized.