Dr. Lee Levin, Anti-Aging Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Monday, January 4, 2010
Dr. Lee S. Levin
Dr. Lee Levin: Anti-Aging Internal Medicine
Santa Fe, New Mexico
A Word from Dr. Lee Levin on Anti-Aging Internal Medicine
Anti-aging medicine is a new field that focuses on the detection and prevention of diseases associated with aging before they become severe. Dr. Lee S. Levin, a successful practicing physician for the past 28 years, employs the techniques of anti-aging internal medicine by incorporating a preventive focus on diet, exercise, vitamins, supplements and herbs, combined, as necessary, with traditional medical treatment. He further treats age-related hormonal deficiencies with the latest in bioequivalent hormone replacement if this is medically needed.
This combination of alternative and traditional therapies results in patients feeling younger, more energetic, and stronger. It is evidenced in improved test results demonstrating decreased inflammation, improved cholesterol and lipid levels, stronger bones, better endurance, less diabetes, and numerous other benefits.
We all age. The question is, how wellwill we age? Medical knowledge is remarkably doubling every three to four years. As a result, we now have many new approaches to markedly enhance an individual’s quality of life and slow the progression of age-related disease. Dr. Levin devotes a great portion of his time and energy to the review and study of the latest in these medical advances, providing his patients with the highest quality anti-aging expertise possible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) What is anti-aging medicine?
Anti-aging medicine focuses on the prevention, early detection and treatment of age-related dysfunction and disease. Scientific advancements in recent years have demonstrated that many of the disabilities traditionally associated with the aging process can be addressed by modern, informed medical treatment. The body’s biological processes can be revitalized and the quality, and perhaps quantity, of the human life span enhanced. Physicians who are trained in anti-aging medicine focus on preventing a long list of ailments through the use of diet and exercise, hormonal and metabolic analysis and treatment, and supplementation with vitamins and other dietary supplements. Anti-aging medicine has been called “the most important new model for health care for this millennium”
(“The New Anti-Aging Revolution,” p. 3, by Dr. Ronald Klatz, President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and Dr. Robert Goldman, President of the National Academy of Sports Medicine).
2) How does Dr. Levin’s personal philosophy and approach to anti-aging medicine help to define his practice?
Dr. Levin has been in practice in Internal Medicine since 1979 and continues to meet the needs of a large, diverse population at his office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Active in mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, running, and other outdoor activities, Dr. Levin began in recent years to explore the ways in which modern medicine could enable him, and by extension his patients as well, to remain active and strong and to continue to perform at an optimal level in all areas of life. He blends expertise in both traditional Internal Medicine with the newest discoveries in anti-aging to actively delay, and in many cases prevent, the diseases and dysfunctions of the aging process.
3) What can I do to prevent breast cancer?
Science now understands that a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet rich in omega-3 oils, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with regular exercise and weight control greatly decreases one’s risk of breast cancer. Supplements such as calcium, vitamin D, fish oil, and Indole-3-Carbinol have demonstrated great preventative qualities. Regular mammograms remain extremely important in early detection.
4) Does estrogen cause breast cancer as has been suggested in recent popular-press accounts?
The answer to this depends upon many factors rather than it being a simple “open and shut” case. Some studies suggest that after ten to twenty years of estrogen supplementation (much of which has occurred a form of oral estrogen/progestin; Premarin and Provera), there may be a slight increase rate of breast cancer. Other studies say there is no increased risk. As with anything, what is important are the ages and health circumstances of individual patients, the form and amount of estrogen supplemented, and the knowledge of the practitioner.
Women must consider that the advantages of early (at menopause) bioequivalent estrogen replacement include stronger bones, less colon cancer, less heart disease, increased libido, younger skin, and better mood and memory. These advantages, resulting from natural estrogen supplementation in an informed, medically overseen way (complemented by the significant preventative advantages of undertaking a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle), can strongly outweigh the much smaller, possible increased risk of breast cancer.
5) Is testosterone replacement just for sexual problems?
The benefits of appropriate testosterone replacement are numerous. They include improved sexual function, improved mood and strength, decreased inflammation, prevention of coronary artery disease, improved bone strength, and prevention of diabetes. Testosterone supplementation can positively affect almost every system in the body.
6) Does testosterone supplementation cause prostate cancer?
Numerous studies say “no.” However, testosterone replacement can adversely affect an already pre-existing presence of cancerous cells in the prostate. Individuals must be checked for prostate cancer with a prostate exam and PSA blood test prior to starting testosterone therapy, and then monitored twice yearly with the appropriate exams and blood testing.
7) Is Human Growth Hormone (HGH) a dangerous steroid?
Human Growth Hormone is a complex protein and not a steroid. Some adults are deficient in growth hormone, a condition that leads to obesity, coronary artery disease, fatigue, increased risk of infections, osteoporosis, and many other adverse effects. Replacement of growth hormone in these patients will improve the physical and mental aspects of their lives.
8) Will I live longer with anti-aging medicine?
This is not known, but we do know that you will feel better, have more energy, and have improved mood and zest for life with the appropriate therapy. If you are feeling better, eating better, exercising more, and have improved lab tests, you will have a greatly improved quality of life and could quite possibly increase your longevity.
9) Will my insurance company cover an anti-aging program?
Some insurances cover the cost of many of the protocols prescribed by anti-aging physicians. Unfortunately others, including Medicare, do not. Of course, lifestyle changes, much of what is involved in anti-aging medicine, simply require that you, the patient, make the decision to begin taking the actions that will better the quality of your own life.
Choosing a health-care provider is one of the most important decisions you can make. You want someone who is caring, knowledgeable, and accessible. Someone willing to take the time to go over all of your options and treat you as a person, not just a patient.At our practice, we pride ourselves on our patient service. We offer a knowledgeable staff, safe and proven procedures, and the latest in medical technology.
We've created this web site for both new and current patients. It includes specific information on our practice, together with general wellness information.
Lee S. Levin, M.D. Anti-Aging Internal Medicine
Diplomate of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine
The early prevention and treatment of disease before it becomes severe and disabling is the focus of my practice of medicine. To achieve this goal, I use a variety of medical techniques including traditional Internal Medicine, the latest in nutritional supplements and dietary research, proper exercise, and stress reduction. I blend these techniques with a comprehensive metabolic and hormonal evaluation to strive toward optimal health. My patients have found marked improvement in energy and quality of life following my wellness program.
1979-1990 Physician, voluntary faculty at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, California; a teaching affiliate of Stanford University School of Medicine
1990-1993 Chief of Internal Medicine, Lovelace Medical Group, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1993-2000 Medical Director, La Residencia Nursing Home, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003-present Medical Director, All-Care Physical Therapy, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 Voluntary faculty, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
1993-present Physician in private practice, Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico Medical Society
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Life Extension Foundation
International Hormone Society
1968-1972 Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland,
1972-1976 University of Illinois School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
1976-1979 Residency, Yale Program at St. Vincent’s Hospital,Bridgeport, Connecticut
Mountaineering (Dr. Lee Levin was the official physician on a Mount Everest service trek--click here for photos and acknowledgment), skiing, hiking, mountain biking, weight training, kayaking, long distance running
Longevity and optimal wellness
Married: four children, one grandchild
Lee S. Levin, M.D.
Internal and Anti-Aging Medicine
2212 Brothers Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 983-9460 office
(505) 983-0568 fax
You may schedule an appointment by contacting Dr. Levin at the above telephone number. He also offers brief, no-charge telephone introductions to anti-aging medicine.
Having an elevation of 7,500 feet, Santa Fe, New Mexico is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains. A thriving arts colony for nearly a century, Santa Fe’s natural beauty and outdoor activities also contribute to its being placed on lists of most-visited North American cities year after year.