Dr. Lina Sakr (left) at the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine conference in Las Vegas, with colleague and mentor Dr. Sahar Swedan (right).

Dr. Lina Sakr (left) at the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine conference in Las Vegas, with colleague and mentor Dr. Sahar Swedan (right).

Three decades ago, a pair of doctors focused on the growing burden of battling age-related diseases while also looking to improve human health span.

Thus, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, or A4M for short, was born.

From those modest roots, a community of more than 26,000 has grown. Its members are doctors and nurses, patients, scientists, researchers, government officials and more, representing more than 120 nations.

That includes our very own Dr. Lina Sakr, a board-certified internal medicine physician with over 30 years of experience.

Dr. Sakr is an American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine fellow in metabolic and nutritional medicine /  anti-aging and regenerative medicine through A4M.

In that capacity, Dr. Sakr recently attended A4M’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, Longevity Fest 2023. The three-day conference offered participants extensive access to peers, as well as a slate of keynote addresses and lectures by some of the biggest names in the burgeoning field, including:

Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, an acclaimed author and Belgian hormone therapy expert;

Dr. Mark Houston, a vascular health expert;

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, an oncologist and cancer drug researcher; and more.

“The American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine remains a tremendous professional resource,” Sakr said after the national meeting. “It provides access to the most advanced research and helps keep us up to date on the latest innovations and challenges.

That means we are able to provide our patients here at Naples Center for Functional Medicine with better-informed, even more comprehensive care, in particular with anti-aging treatment.”

READ MORE: Dr. Lina Sakr joins Naples Center for Functional Medicine

Focus on vascular health

Among the conference highlights, Dr. Houston helped preside over a pre-conference, continuing education module on “Vascular Health: The Overlooked Key to Longevity.” The full-day session offered several insights into vascular health, including:

  • The evolving literature on the upstream causes of vascular risk.
  • Guidance evaluating when, where and how to use and interpret vascular health assessments.

At its core, the functional medicine orientation to vascular health relies on a root-cause approach to patient care, treating the whole patient rather than focusing primarily on surface-level symptoms.

We go beyond statins, taking a deep dive to better detect a patient’s risk of cardiometabolic disease. That includes the use of advanced lipid assays and markers of oxidative stress, measuring inflammation and hormone levels, and conducting a comprehensive body composition analysis.

READ MORE: Beyond Statins: A functional medicine approach to cardiovascular health

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and women’s health

Another conference highlight was the continuing education module on hyperbaric oxygen therapy and women’s health.

This treatment – a Naples Center for Functional Medicine staple – involves breathing pure oxygen in a high-pressure chamber, a process that allows your body to increase its oxygen intake.

The increased oxygen in your tissues and plasma enhances energy and eliminates accumulated toxins, making it beneficial for many conditions.

The Las Vegas A4M session took a deep dive on the topic, with presentations covering:

  • How to maximize your metabolic health and autoimmunity through hyperbarics;
  • The role of hyperbaric therapy as an antibiotic;
  • The impact of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on neurodegenerative diseases;
  • Optimizing fertility through hyperbaric therapy, and;
  • Hyperbaric therapy and its role in fighting obesity.

READ MORE: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Naples Center for Functional Medicine

The future of anti-aging medicine

With its “forward-focused mission to redefine modern medicine,” the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine aligns favorably with Naples Center for Functional Medicine.

Here, we provide each patient with a personalized assessment that includes a detailed medical history and chronological timeline of life events that could contribute to the disease process.

Our practitioners are committed to this approach and remain engaged with the discipline’s leading minds – whether at a national or international conference, a local meeting of the Collier County Medical Society or through virtual platforms that put global experts (and resources) just a few keystrokes away.

As always, consult with your physician prior to making any substantial lifestyle, health or nutritional changes. For questions, please contact our office at 239-649-7400.

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