Part 3 of the Series: Aging and the "Pauses of Life"
Gastropause - a weakening and aging of the stomach and GI tract
Gastropause affects the stomach and GI tract and begins around the age of 30 and is related to the brain chemicals dopamine, GABA, and serotonin. The slowing down of nutrient absorption by the entire gastrointestinal tract results in digestive problems from GERD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome to the development of a malnourished state. In some cases, even when we are overweight we can actually be suffering from malnutrition because we choose foods that are nutrient deficient.
Once the deficit becomes major, it requires medical intervention. Deficits can lead to such diseases as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, increase in stomach acidity, gallstones, diverticulosis, GERD, decrease in digestive acids, etc.
CODE BREAKER: Maybe You Were Born Old
Just as the body ages at different rates, some people are born old. You might have old bones, infertility, gastrointestinal issues, or a heart condition. These are problems related to old age, and you were just genetically unfortunate to get them when you were young. I see many patients who even at age 20 or younger have body parts that are age 40 and 50. Take the following "quiz" to determine if you have an aging digestive system. Give yourself 1 point for every TRUE response. Multiply the total TRUE responses by 10. This is your age code for your digestive system. If your age code is older than your chronological age, you need to consider treatment.
After her first visit in my office, I diagnosed something that had been overlooked. Not only are biochemicals and their resulting brain waves produced in specific locations within the brain, but they can also be found in the body, in such locations as the gut. These functional areas are connected to and complement each other. Furthermore, the lobes in our brain instruct our bodies to perform specific functions. These lobes, in conjunction with the brain stem, control automatic processes such as digestion.
Once we focused on balancing this patient's brain, she was immediately able to add new foods back into her diet, and her digestion is improving.
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.