Healthy Aging Specialist

James J. Biemer, MD

Internists located in Portland, OR

Since you can’t avoid aging, you should strive to age with your health in mind. By focusing on healthy aging, James J. Biemer, MD helps reduce your signs of aging and decrease your risk of chronic disease. Located in Portland, Oregon, this small concierge practice strives to provide personalized care to help you stay ahead of your age. Call the knowledgeable, caring team today to learn more.

Healthy Aging Q & A

James J. Biemer, MD

Why should you focus on healthy aging?

As you age, your body naturally slows down. Your cells don’t heal or regenerate as quickly. You may experience more aches and pains and may not have the endurance you once did. While this is completely normal, it impacts how you feel and function, and if you don’t focus on your health, the aging process happens quicker than it needs to and may come with additional complications.

What habits influence how you age?

While aging is unavoidable, you can age gracefully. Striving to make healthy choices and eliminating harmful lifestyle habits can slow the progression of certain aspects of aging and make its impacts less severe.

Some of the common habits that influence how you age include:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Being overweight
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Isolating yourself

How does exercise impact aging?

Exercising at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week, can have a huge impact on healthy aging. By engaging in regular cardio and resistance training, you gain a full range of benefits like:

  • Increased lean muscle mass
  • Improved bone density
  • Increased ability to complete daily activities
  • Improved balance and flexibility
  • Decrease in depression and anxiety
  • Increased brain health

What’s more, regular physical activity reduces complications from chronic diseases. With exercise, you can decrease your symptoms and risks from diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

How do you get started with healthy aging?

If you’re ready to focus on healthy aging, it can feel overwhelming knowing where to begin. Dr. Biemer is here to help and offer these suggestions to make physical activity a regular part of your daily routine.

First, start today. No matter where you’re at in regards to your health and fitness level, you can benefit today from starting to make better decisions. Go for a walk, even if it’s just around the block.

When it comes to eating, start making better choices. Choose water with lemon over soda, and add a salad instead of another slice of bread. Avoid overly processed foods and those filled with white sugar.

To make your journey to healthy aging easier and more effective, call Dr. Biemer’s office today to learn more. Dr. Biemer and his compassionate, competent team can get you on track with healthy aging by setting goals and developing a plan to meet those goals.