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Dr. Kent Speaks at Harvard Medical School Conference

Naples Lifestyle Medicine Physician Speaks at Harvard Medical School Conference on Healthy Aging

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Kriston Kent M.D. MPH, a Naples lifestyle medicine physician, recently spoke to over 400 attendees at the Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine conference entitled: “Practicing Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Change“. This course took place in Boston on June 26-27.

DrKent_Harvard1Dr. Kent’s presentation highlighted his model of using a team approach to creating a lifestyle change. The “Dream Team“, as it was called at the conference, included a lifestyle medicine physician (Dr. Kent), a nutritionist, an exercise specialist, a behavior specialist, and a health coach. Dr. Kent is the owner/medical director of the Kent Center for LIFE which often uses this team approach to help patients avoid chronic diseases and treats patients with chronic diseases using lifestyle modification instead of medications and medical procedures. This approach actually treats the cause of most chronic illnesses, instead of just the symptoms.

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By |July 9th, 2015|Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, Preventive Medicine, Speaking Engagements|Comments Off on Dr. Kent Speaks at Harvard Medical School Conference

Treating the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

(This article will be published in the November 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellness.
Read the article on that site here.)

Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic: Should we treat the symptoms, or should we treat the cause?

By Kriston J. Kent, M.D., MPH

Type 2 Diabetes EpidemicType 2 Diabetes, formerly known as the Adult Onset Diabetes (because it almost never occurred before adulthood), is now occurring in epidemic proportions in the US, and in many areas throughout the world.  Genes almost certainly play a role in the predisposition to type 2 Diabetes.  However, it is equally clear that those who are predisposed to diabetes are not destined to develop it unless they also develop poor lifestyle/health habits.  Furthermore, it is refreshing to note that, even in those who have developed type 2 Diabetes, it can be reversed with significant changes in lifestyle habits.

Study after study has confirmed, and I have witnessed, multiple patients who have reversed all of their signs, symptoms, and lab values of type 2 Diabetes using simple lifestyle modification.  With the reversal of certain biometrics and lab values, it has been proven that severe problems, like blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease can be completely avoided in these patients.

On the other hand, using standard medical therapy of oral medications and/or insulin typically leads to weight gain, and a myriad of other health problems.  Simply treating high blood sugar levels (a symptom of diabetes) with medications which lower blood sugar levels does not, in any way, treat the cause of diabetes.  Ironically, though medications may be necessary at first, if appropriate lifestyle changes are made, then there […]

By |November 4th, 2014|Healthy Living, Preventive Medicine|Comments Off on Treating the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(This article will be published in the October 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellness.)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Can Lifestyle Changes alter Gene Expression and Alter our Destiny?

This month has become known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Due to the fact that 1 in 8 females in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, this designation seems more than appropriate.  In addition to our acknowledgment, support, and concern for the victims of breast cancer, it seems essential that we concentrate on the “Awareness” aspect of preventing this devastating, health denying disease.  Awareness of the lifestyle habits and medications which are strongly associated with the development of breast cancer can potentially provide an opportunity to prevent most breast cancers, and to successfully prevent recurrence in individuals who have already suffered from breast cancer. Finally, it is preferable to avoid the challenges associated with conventional treatment.

Does Our Destiny lie in our Genes?

Like most of the most common debilitating and deadly diseases in our country, there is definitely a genetic predisposition to developing breast cancer.  However, having inherited the genes which make us susceptible to developing breast cancer does not mean that breast cancer will inevitably occur.  In actuality, new and evolving research leads us to believe that gene expression is more controlled by lifestyle habits, and what we choose to eat, than by preprogramming.  Said another way, what seems to be more important are what we do, and what we do not do, than what genes we inherit.

Or is it our “Epigenes”

So, if we are unfortunate to inherit a genetic predisposition for breast cancer, how it is possible to avoid the eventual development of breast cancer?  The […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Healthy Living, Preventive Medicine|Comments Off on October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nonsurgical Facelifting: Major Facial Rejuvenation without Surgery

(This article was published in the August 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellness… see the article online here.)

By Kriston J. Kent, M.D., MPH

Traditionally, the term “facelift” referred to a surgical procedure to correct sagging facial and neck tissues.  More recently, with the rapidly advancing development of new rejuvenation modalities, facelift is most commonly used to refer to any procedure which addresses and improves facial aging. Likewise, it has been increasingly obvious to specialists in facial rejuvenation that sagging is only a part of the aging process in the face and neck.  In fact, in many individuals, sagging may be less important than volume loss, unsightly skin, and overactive facial expression lines.

The term “nonsurgical facelift” is now used to describe any number and combinations of procedures which address volume loss, unsightly skin, and overactive expression lines.  Without the need for surgery, significant down time, significant pain, and the potential for significant complications, aesthetic physicians can provide a very significant improvement in facial, neck, Décolletage, and hand appearance.

Today, a nonsurgical facelift commonly involves a combination of the best procedures available to improve the skin, to improve facial volume, and to correct overactive expression lines.

All Natural, Nonsurgical
Facial Rejuvenation
CRP Microchanneling
One very popular, all natural new procedure involves microchanneling and injection of Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP) (also commonly referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).   Whether it is referred to as CRP or PRP, this procedure utilizes the ability of growth factors and peripheral stem cells taken from your own blood to stimulate existing stem cells to produce new collagen and other substances which improve facial skin appearance.  These powerful growth factors are micro-channeled (using a special device) back into your facial skin and superficial subcutaneous areas. […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation, Skin Care|Comments Off on Nonsurgical Facelifting: Major Facial Rejuvenation without Surgery

July is UV Safety Month Skin Protection and Rejuvenation: More than Just Sunscreen!

(This article was published in the July 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellness… see the article online here.)

By Kriston J. Kent, M.D., MPH

July is UV Safety Month, and it is as important as ever to protect your skin from excessive exposure to the damaging effects of the sun via UV radiation.  However, if you want to truly maximize your protection from these invisible damaging rays, correct the damage as it occurs, and repair damage from exposure in years past, then simply placing sunscreen on our skin each day is woefully inadequate.

Exciting New and Existing Products available
When I was young, we were not aware of the damage we were causing every time we went to the beach, or played in the sun, to get a “healthy, good-looking tan”.  However, we soon learned that we should use sunscreen to protect against any further damage which leads to the less than ideal skin aging and appearance.  Today, there are a host of products available, which can dramatically alter the skin aging process. Some products provide primarily ongoing prevention, while others can actually reverse existing sun damage and improve aesthetic appearance.  These products actually include powerful antioxidant serums, reparative growth factors, dead skin exfoliants, plant and human stem cells, and products which improve/correct skin pigmentation problems.  Some of these products are widely available.  However, many of the best products are only found in aesthetic physicians’ offices and some even require a prescription.

Highlighting the Best Products Antioxidants
The best “tried and true” antioxidant/DNA repairing serums include patented L- ascorbic acid, tocopherols, and ferulic acid mixtures; while the best new antioxidants/DNA repairing serums include the addition of phloretin and resveratrol.

Reparative growth factors
Many products exist containing plant stem […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Skin Care|Comments Off on July is UV Safety Month Skin Protection and Rejuvenation: More than Just Sunscreen!

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

(This article was published in the June 2014 issue of Southwest Florida Health & Wellnesssee the article online here.)

By Kriston J. Kent, M.D., MPH

One of the most troubling signs of premature aging can be hair loss.  To make matters worse, thinning of the remaining hair on the top of the head worsens the problem.  June is Men’s Health Month and loss of hair/thinning hair is at the top of the list regarding men’s aesthetic concerns.  Thinning hair eventually affects most men and, surprisingly, is a major problem in most women after menopause.  However, all is not lost, because a new treatment, using your PRP/CRP (your own growth factors and stem cells) is showing fantastic results in reactivating dormant follicles (new hair shafts), and in re-thickening the wispy hair shafts.

How does it work?
The new technology does not require surgery or medications and therefore provides a natural, nonsurgical solution to a very troublesome problem.  The procedure involves removal of a small amount of your blood, which contains peripheral blood stem cells and growth factors from your platelets.  Once the blood is drawn, a special process is used to remove the unnecessary red blood cells and white blood cells.  This leaves Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP) which is very important for hair nutrition, hair regeneration, and hair growth cycling.  Once the powerful PRP/CRP is prepared, then it is placed into the thinning/balding scalp to bathe the dormant and struggling hair follicles and invigorate them.  This process has been used successfully over the past 5 years treating thousands of patients.  The largest studies have revealed significant improvement in over 70% of the patients treated.

What about female thinning and hair […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Hair Loss|Comments Off on Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A New Location…

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(But just 3 buildings west.)

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By |May 6th, 2014|Events, Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation|Comments Off on A One Day Only Event!

Voluma: An exciting new addition in the nonsurgical “War Against Facial Aging”

Recently, the FDA approved the use of the new hyaluronic acid filler to address upper mid facial aging and I have been very pleased with the results I’ve seen in my patients. Why is this important?

Facial plastic surgeons have increasingly become aware of the need to address the loss of cheek fullness in the malar region (high cheekbone area) and surrounding areas. As we lose the youthful curve of the “cheek mound”, the upper midface begins to hollow out leading to be familiar depressions under the eyes, tear trough depressions across the midcheek, and overall flatness throughout the midface. Loss of this fullness sends a strong visual message of aging, and implies an associated loss of vitality (just like the other previously recognized visual signs of aging in the brow regions, around the mouth, and along the jawlines).

So what are the advantages of this new product known as Juvederm Voluma?

Voluma is the only product currently FDA approved to address volume loss in the cheek area. It is also the longest lasting with an average contour improvement of 2 years. It is also a naturally occurring substance and has been used safely for more than 8 years in Europe and Canada.

So, is Voluma just another facial filler, or is it an exciting new addition to nonsurgical facial rejuvenation? So far, I can unequivocally say that Voluma provides immediate improvement previously unattainable in the upper midface and both my patients and I have found the results to be very exciting!

~ Dr. Kent

By |March 25th, 2014|Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation|Comments Off on Voluma: An exciting new addition in the nonsurgical “War Against Facial Aging”

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By |February 26th, 2014|Events|Comments Off on We’re holding an Open House!