Growing Young Gracefully

By Dr. Robert Goldman
For The Bali Times

LONDON/CHICAGO ~ Anti-aging medicine is the fastest-growing medical specialty throughout the world and is founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases.

It is a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. As such, anti-aging medicine is based on solid scientific principles of responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties. The goal of anti-aging medicine is not to merely prolong the total years of an individual’s life, but to ensure that those years are enjoyed in a productive and vital fashion.

Anti-aging specialists typically generally devote 70 percent or more of their practices specifically to the early detection, prevention, treatment and amelioration of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. A number of anti-aging clinics are now open in Bali. Victus Life ( is Asia’s premier spa and longevity institute, offering total solutions for optimum wellness and longevity.

Udayana University School of Medicine is the first educational institution in the world to offer a Masters Degree in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. The two-year, government-approved program, of which I serve as visiting professor, signifies a giant step forward in the availability of anti-aging medical care in Indonesia.

It offers an academic track that will train physicians locally and from around the world, potentially making Bali an elite educational center for the anti-aging medical specialty. The program offers graduate and specialist programs, as well as short-term courses for general practitioners. Special certificate courses geared toward the general public are also available.

Indonesia has also established the Association of Anti-Aging Medical Practitioners, which seeks to promote knowledge in the anti-aging medical science among physicians and health personnel.

Much of the surge in international popularity and acceptance of anti-aging medicine can be credited to The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M;, of which I serve as chairman. Founded in 1992, the A4M serves as an advocate for the new clinical specialty of anti-aging medical science and acts as a conduit to physicians, scientists and the educated public who wish to benefit from the almost daily breakthroughs in biotechnology which promise both a greater quality as well as quantity of life. A4M membership now stands at 20,000-plus physicians, scientists, and health practitioners from 90 nations.

The 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. 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.

As far as the global culture of adoption of anti-aging medicine, the A4M has been a major force in advancing the medical specialty worldwide. The A4M has been responsible for positioning the anti-aging clinical medical specialty as a leading innovative paradigm for healthcare in the aging nations around the world. The A4M co-sponsors the world’s largest scientific conferences in the area of advanced preventative medicine. The A4M conferences have achieved what to our knowledge no other medical group in history in any specialty has accomplished, growing in three years from just two international conferences to more than 30 annual international conferences around the world on all continents in 2007, many with the support of governments, ministries of health and international sports federation organizations.

With the founding of A4M in 1992, the A4M created the anti-aging medical movement. Industry experts report that the market for anti-aging products and services exceeded US$45.5 billion in 2004. Growing at an average annual growth rate of 9.5 percent, the anti-aging market is projected to reach $72 billion by 2009. Of 2004 expenditures, about $36.5 billion was spent on drugs and supplements targeted at specific diseases of aging, whereas $7.7 billion was spent in appearance-related products and services.

We invite readers of The Bali Times to learn more about anti-aging medicine, which simply is advanced preventive healthcare. We invite you to peruse the following resources to learn more about the A4M:

• The Secret History of Anti-Aging Medicine (video), at:

• BBC Interview with Dr. Ronald Klatz, A4M President (video), at:

• Breakthroughs in Anti-Aging (audio podcasts), at:

• Interactive, internet-based Longevity Calculator, at:

Shortly, The Bali Times will feature a Longevity News Review, authored by myself and Dr. Ronald Klatz, A4M president. We hope you will enjoy this new weekly column summarizing the latest breakthroughs relating to extension of the healthy human lifespan, and what these advancements mean for you and your family.

Dr. Robert Goldman is chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and visiting professor at Udayana University.

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