Podcast Personal Well-Being

Can We Slow Down the Aging Process?

When we think of aging, we often think of external factors such as grey hair and wrinkles. What we don’t consider is that aging goes below the surface.

To help us make sense of our internal clocks, we brought in Dr. Lara Zakaria Pharm D MS CNS IFMCP to walk us through the functional medicine approach to health care, as well as the details of a recent study that found a methylation diet and lifestyle can reverse biological aging. She also helps us uncover what happens in our bodies as we get older, the secret to sustaining healthy habits, and debunks some myths about our health predispositions.

Topics include:

  • A definition of functional medicine and aging.
  • How our lifestyle and environment impact our genetic expressions related to family history for disease.
  • Preventability of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes or heart disease.
  • What it takes to create and sustain healthy habits.
  • The difference between your chronological age and your biological age.

About our guest:

Dr. Zakaria is a Functional Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist based in New York City. A graduate of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, at Rutgers University (BSpharm) and the University of Colorado Skaggs College Of Pharmacy (PharmD), she spent 20 years in community pharmacy practice. After developing an interest in nutrition, she earned a MS in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and subsequently qualified as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) as well as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Lara currently practices as part of a multi-disciplinary Functional Medicine clinic and supervises a professional mentorship program under the Medical Directorship of Dr Kara Fitzgerald. She is also adjunct professor of nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics at the Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport and guest instructor for Functional Medicine at LECOM College of Pharmacy. 

Additional Relevant Resources:

Potential reversal of epigenetic age using a diet and lifestyle intervention: a pilot randomized clinical trial

What is Biological Aging and What Does it Have to do with Methylation? 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Healthy Aging

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Still Going Strong Campaign

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