The fight to reverse, or at least halt, the aging process is arguably the final frontier of medicine. Modern medicine has accomplished incredible feats, from life-saving vaccines & antibiotics to cutting-edge gene editing technology to various 3D printing techniques. Despite this progress, the medical industry has yet to conquer its proverbial white whale, the gradual aging process. However, many innovative projects in anti-aging science and biohacking technology have emerged in the past few decades.
Recently, Bloomberg reported that ex-Braintree Founder Bryan Johnson now spends $2 million every year in an attempt to reverse the effects of aging. Johnson, 44, told Bloomberg that he leverages a team of 30 doctors intending to become “18 years old again.” Football legend Tom Brady, who finally retired at 45 this year, is a strong advocate for various anti-aging and ‘unconventional’ tactics. In addition to helping him become the winningest quarterback of all time, Brady’s efforts propelled him to win multiple Super Bowls at the end of his career, well into his late 30s and early 40s, an achievement previously thought to be impossible. LeBron James, the 38-year-old who just led the Lakers to upset the two seed in the 2023 playoffs, reportedly spends $1.5 million annually to slow down the aging process and remain productive at a high level. Perhaps best illustrating his longevity and success, James broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for the all-time NBA points scored earlier this year. To maintain his health and sharpness as he ages into his late thirties Lewis Hamilton, F1’s record holder for the most wins, leverages cryotherapy and follows a strict vegan diet. In addition to those mentioned, many other athletes utilize these techniques as team budgets for recovery technology and anti-aging strategy are enormous.
Dr. Jacob Rosenstein, of Southwest Age Intervention Institute, is one of the most vocal proponents of and innovators in anti-aging or ‘age management,’ as he calls it. Dr. Rosenstein is uniquely equipped to help patients slow down their aging and optimize their functional health & productivity levels because of his medical background and personal journey. Dr. Rosenstein is a board-certified neurosurgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He has been in private practice with North Texas Neurosurgical Consultants in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex since 1985. While he specializes in neurosurgery, he is also very passionate about age management and follows a strict regimen himself. Dr. Rosenstein found age management naturally, as all great entrepreneurs do, through a problem he wanted to solve in his own life.
As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Rosenstein has long and demanding days, working at a high level, on his feet, for 16 hours straight. In his mid-50s, he noticed his energy cratering and productivity levels declining. Worst of all, he was getting sleepy at the end of his days, something a neurosurgeon cannot afford to do. Worried that this was the inevitable result of aging, but unwilling to accept his predicament, Dr. Rosenstein decided to put his expertise to use and research more about why we age and what can reverse the process. Among many findings, one of the most significant distinctions he came across was the difference between our calendar or chronological age — the number of years lived — and our biological or physiological age — how old your cells are. Curiously enough, one’s cells could be older or younger than what most people conceive of as their ‘real’ age. Upon second thought, however, that assumption is backward as our biological age is more closely related to how we feel & function and our health outcomes.
Dr. Rosenstein hit the ground running as he researched all the best ways to slow down and reverse biological aging. Fundamentally, Dr. Rosenstein learned that a healthy lifestyle is the most consistent way to manage age. Simply put, if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, eat sugary & processed foods, do not exercise, smoke, and drink alcohol, you’re not only going to not only shorten your lifespan, but you are also going to shorten your healthspan or the years of your life that you are healthy and vigorous.
At 54, Dr. Rosenstein started implementing the new research into his life to increase his productivity levels, expand his health span, and feel better overall. This led him to discover telomeres. After birth, your telomeres are long, and as you age and your cells divide, pieces of the telomeres break off. Eventually, they get so short that the cells can no longer divide, ultimately dying. Now, telomere shortening is accepted as a well-known indicator of biological aging. However, at the time, the technology to accurately measure telomere length was only available in the research laboratory. Even without this tool, Dr. Rosenstein went from 21% body fat to 11% in just six months at 54 by making intentional lifestyle changes. Four years into his age management journey, the technology to measure telomere length was finally available outside the research laboratory. Dr. Rosenstein went to get tested and, at 58, his biological age was that of a 39-year-old. Dr. Rosenstein kept walking the path and two years later, he got another telomere test at 60. Impressively, his telomere kept growing and his biological age was that of a 10-year-old. Four years later, at 64 years old, Dr. Rosenstein went to get another telomere test. He figured the results would be good, but his telomeres would probably be a bit shorter as he was in his mid-60s. Almost unbelievably, his telomere length grew once again and his biological age was that of a newborn.
Throughout this process, Dr. Rosenstein’s energy, productivity, and vitality issues improved, ultimately going away entirely. Even in his 60s, he felt better than in his 30s and 40s. Despite being older chronologically, Dr. Rosenstein’s healthy lifestyle made him younger biologically. Along the way, Dr. Rosenstein realized he could replicate this process for his patients as he was getting repeatable and consistent results implementing these practices on himself. Eventually, Dr. Rosenstein would go on to found the Southwest Age Intervention Institute in addition to his work as a neurosurgeon.
The Southwest Age Intervention Institute is the culmination of Dr. Rosenstein’s professional and personal journey. The Institute takes a functional and integrated approach to age management. Dr. Rosenstein and the SAII team use nutrition, exercise, cutting-edge technology, nutraceuticals, extensive blood work, lifestyle changes, and personal medical history to come up with a plan to balance their patients’ hormones, lower their inflammation, improve their mental clarity and sexual health, increase their metabolism speed, and return that youthful feeling. Dr. Rosenstein works closely with all of his clients and personally designs a customized treatment plan or ‘personal health blueprint,’ as he puts it. This process includes an in-depth, 90-minute private consultation with Dr. Rosenstein, blood work comprising more than 90 different biomarkers, a carotid artery intima media ultrasound scan, an iDXA total body composition scan, a thorough fitness assessment, and mental acuity & cognitive testing. This extensive pre-work reveals every aspect of the patient’s health and enables Dr. Rosenstein to create the best individualized treatment plan possible. Once implemented, Dr. Rosenstein monitors his patient’s progress, conducting an in-person analysis, comprehensive blood tests, and full body composition scans at least every three months. The SAII also has a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber for patients to engage in hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT is one of the most popular treatments used by world leaders, celebrities, and premier athletes who want to look and feel younger. HBOT reverses the aging process, creates new stem cells, improves heart & brain function, tightens skin, and increases sexual drive & performance while the client sits in a “first-class style” seat with access to their phones, laptops, and a flat-screen TV.
Dr. Rosenstein’s clientele is mostly comprised of overachievers, CEOs, doctors, attorneys, and other men and women of all ages who live high-paced and demanding lives. Ari Rastegar, CEO and Founder of Rastegar Property Company, met Dr. Rosenstein when he was 32 and full of anxiety and stress. Dr. Rosenstein tested his telomeres, finding he was biologically 42. Years later, Dr. Rosenstein has reduced Rastegar’s biological age to that of an 8-year-old. Rastegar attests, “Now my testosterone sits around 800. Energy: Through the roof. Libido: Through the roof. And I can remember what I felt like when I was in my early 20s. I feel better than I have in my entire life.”
As a man’s testosterone levels typically peak in his late teens, declining every year after that depending on stress and lifestyle variables, many of Dr. Rosenstein’s male clients come in with issues related to this decline. Dr. Rosenstein’s techniques and treatment program can help with loss of self-confidence, decreased energy, reduced sex drive & stamina, loss of concentration & focus, diminished results from exercise & diet, loss of motivation, increased fatigue, slowing metabolism, erectile dysfunction, lack of sleep, weight gain, type II diabetes, coronary artery disease, and other age-related illnesses. Beyond the extensive tests and recommended lifestyle changes, Dr. Rosenstein and the Southwest Age Intervention Institute team use cutting-edge treatments to improve men’s sexual health. The GAINSWave treatment is a scientifically proven, non-invasive, technique that uses low-frequency acoustic waves to help with erectile dysfunction, treat Peyronie’s disease, and improve sexual performance. The Priapus Shot® or P-Shot®, named after the Roman God of Virility, is a modern medical procedure that leverages Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to treat erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, among other issues. It is also one of the only nonsurgical methods that may increase penis size.
All women experience unique hormone level fluctuations and other individualistic biological changes as they age. These changes can affect their energy, mood, and overall health. Many of Dr. Rosenstein’s female clients come to his office with these issues. Sometimes, they are amplified by Peri-Menopause, Menopause, or stress. Dr. Rosenstein and the Southwest Age Intervention Institute team help their clients with hormone imbalance, low energy & fatigue, anxiety & depression, slow metabolism, weight gain, muscle loss, sagging skin, wrinkles, age spots, vaginal dryness, loss of elasticity, diminished libido, lack of sleep, inability to focus, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, coronary artery disease, and other age-related illnesses.
Dr. Rosenstein quips jokingly, “I tell my patients our goal is to have you live to 100 and beyond. And I tell them, if you don’t get to 100, you’re going to make me look bad. So you’ve got to do it right? So my goal is to motivate them, coach them, help them along the way, and monitor their progress.”
Now, at 68, Dr. Rosenstein has no plans to slow down. Biologically he is as young as ever and still capable of handling long and complicated cases as a neurosurgeon, having retained his mental and physical edge. Dr. Rosenstein states, “I’m a good example of what can be accomplished if you pay attention to these things.”
Check out Dr. Jacob Rosenstein’s book on aging, “Defy Aging: Make the Rest of your Life the Best of Your Life,” or the Southwest Age Intervention Institute website for more information.