Cenegenics: Scam Or Scientific Age Management?

Cenegenics: Scam Or Scientific Age Management?Given the chance, who wouldn’t like to cheat death and live a longer life than the cards traditionally have in store for the average human being? Plastic surgery has long allowed the wealthier among us to shave a few years (or, in some cases, decades) off of their appearance, but this isn’t quite the same as life extension. Without being a vampire, a MacLeod from the clan MacLeod, Turritopsis nutricula, Dorian Gray, a Cylon, a Bristlecone Pine, A Time Lord, or any other variety of Methuselah from the legends of the wishful and wistful, growing old is just something we write off as a necessity of life — closely tied to dying and paying taxes (the former, the end result of growing old; the latter, an unfortunate condition that contributes greatly to the former).

Visionaries like Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey have their own ideas about how human beings might someday achieve greatly extended lifespans — even, they boldly proclaim, immortality — and we’re told that “someday” is soon. But without hinging all hopes on the speculation put forth by such fellows (as dangerously clever as such fellows may be), those of us who want to live longer lives have to make do with maintaining our bodies the old-fashioned (and, admittedly, tedious) ways: proper diet and exercise figuring chiefly into the equation.

The Cenegenics Medical Institute declares that “there is such a thing as healthy aging,” as if this is a novel, new-found discovery that it holds before us like a flashlight of hope in the darkness ushering us toward an invigorating life in our autumn years. So is Cenegenics a scam, or does it really guard the precious secret of turning the Golden Girls into the Spice Girls? (That was a reference designed to display a hint at my own age and, therefore, authority to write about this sort of thing.) Does it work like the magical alien pool water that blessed oatmeal aficionado Wilford Brimley and friends with youthful oomph in the movie Cocoon? The Cenegenics website claims that “The Cenegenics age management program is not a pill, a fad diet, or even radical surgery. It’s a unique, customized health program created for youthful aging.” Beyond that, there’s not much in the way of specific information as to what the Cenegenics age management program is (and the price tag is equally elusive). But you can write to the Cenegenics Medical Institute for free information!

With 14 locations throughout the US, Cenegenics seems to be doing pretty well for itself. With Cenegenics Atlanta, Cenegenics Beverly Hills, Cenegenics Boca Raton, Cenegenics Carolinas, Cenegenics Chicago, Cenegenics Dallas/Fort Worth ( two locations), Cenegenics Jacksonville, Cenegenics Las Vegas (two locations), Cenegenics New York City, Cenegenics Philadelphia, Cenegenics Tulsa, and Cenegenics Washington DC, it’s likely there’s one near you.

There’s probably nothing wrong with the Cenegenics system of “scientific age management” (and I doubt one could technically call Cenegenics a scam if it gets the job done), but is it a cost effective way of aging gracefully? Someone on a physician-prescribed health regimen who goes on a daily walk around the neighborhood and makes sure to take his or her fair share of recommended vitamin supplements and anti-oxidants could likely make the same claim. Maybe Penn and Teller will perform one of their famous exposes on Cenegenics (or declare it surprisingly adherent to its claims and worth every penny), but for now I’ll remain politely dubious about the program. If you’ve had experience with Cenegenics and can either confirm its efficacy or decry its assertions as anything but shyster scam fodder, please leave a comment!

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  • http://www.gavinroskamp.com/ Gavin Roskamp

    Even if it really does work and becomes popular, then there will be plenty of people against it for fear of over-population. I don’t think you can make everyone on this world agree on any one thing, no matter how hard you might try.

    Anyway, it is a very interesting concept. Personally, I’d rather live my life happy and joyful and die at 80 than life it according to a strict, boring plan and live to 100.

  • Terri

    I have had experience with Cenegenics and it’s not a “magic pill.” It works because they are proactive, they are real doctors that specialize in age management, and a lot of attention is given to things that traditional medicine overlooks. I was borderline type 2 diabetic after my initial assessment and bloodwork (along with a few other issues) but just to compare, the lab work from my regular Dr. is a page long, Cenegenics runs many more tests and the report was several pages long. With just a few simple changes in my diet (cutting alcohol & sugar mostly) and walking every day, I have been able to regulate my blood sugar before I became diabetic. I also take supplements because I was vitamin D deficient and honestly have never felt better. This is not a commercial for Cenegenics….I am a real person. I thought I just had to accept feeling tired and my lack of energy because my regular Dr told me there was nothing wrong with me and I am over 40. I have more energy now than I did when I was in my 20s! It’s not a scam, it’s just a new area of medicine for age management. It’s not supposed to help you live forever or stop aging, it’s supposed to help you feel better and more energetic and healthier as you age.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/scribblepinch/ Robert Glen Fogarty

    Gavin, I’d have to say that I agree. Quality of life will beat out quantity of life every time. Then again, I may have a different point of view if I make it to 80! I hope to be able to come back here at that time and give you an update.

    Terri, thanks for your input! It’s good to have some inside info on what Cenegenics offers. Was it expensive? Did your insurance cover it?

  • Katherine

    I’m almost 40 years old and I have a boyfriend who is still in his 20’s. I exercise with a trainer 2-3 times a week and ride my bike up and down Manhattan while he’s catching up on his sleep from staying up all night watching MTV. I eat salads and fresh vegetables while he binges on muffins and ice cream. I need a program like Cenegenics to optimize my health, not to help me live longer. God only knows I’d rather leave this earth while I cam still support myself and enjoy my toys rather than hang on until my 90’s like most of the women in my family. Cenegenics taught me to value myself enough to be cautious about my eating and exercise, without a restrictive diet. I enjoy my work outs because I see how great my body looks for a busy woman my age. Cenegenics is a trusted medical source interested in helping me maintain my health and prevent diseases associated with aging that can substantially decrease the quality of my life. I’ve always taken care of myself, and I’m lucky to have found doctors who are trained to think outside the box.

  • John

    Conventional medicine is diseased based medicine, we need more programs and research focusing on prevention and preserving quality of life as we age. Though it is a natural process, Aging is slow dysfunction of the body and we should be doing all we can to fight it. Some are quietly accepting of that dysfunction but many of us don’t want to age like our parents.

  • Rudi

    I attended one of their conferences and  after 3 10+ hour days of butt numbing lectures I realized that they are taking their approach seriously with significant research backing, My background is residency training in Emergency Medicine(20 year practice) and a Fellowship in Sportsmedicine.

     Traditional US medicine has at it’s core, almost exclusively treating diseases States. Sadly I know that type of medicine.  If can you prevent 1 heart attack or prevent or slow the terrible march of Diabetes you save hundreds of thousand of dollars per patient.

    It was refreshing to see and hear a proactive approach-approaching aging as an athlete approaches their sport-doing everything reasonable and rational to perform at “their” highest level.

    Obviously, there is a significant financial opportunity and cost. It is not for everyone What I found interesting was that there were physicians from almost 20 different countries were  at the conference I attended.

    • Janette

      So, what is the cost? Can’t (why won’t) someone share an average “range” for the evaluation/assessment? I am very interested, but the lack of information on cost is making me suspicious.

  • Marcos_g_C

    I want to hear you say that when you’re 79

  • David Miller

    I am in the process of considering Cenegenics . I am very impress with what I have learned thus far. However, it is a bit pricey for my pocketbook at this time.

  • JT

    If you’re a “doctor”, I’m a friggin astronaut!! Learn how to use proper grammar and check your spelling for the love of Pete!!

    • curious

      Wow. Fairly shallow response JT. Yes, there are several grammatical errors in the aforementioned post. But I am much more interested in the context of this blog rather than the spelling/punctuation. Now … if by chance you really are an astronaut… very cool indeed!!
      I appreciate each post as I am considering a visit. It is terrifically expensive, giving me pause for thought. Terri, it sounds like you feel better because you cut down on alcohol and sugar, took Vit D supplements and began walking more consistently, correct? Was the $4400+ price tag and $1100 monthly worth the expense to receive that counseling, which every physician’s office will also advise? What did you gain from Cenegenics specifically that you would not have elsewhere?

      • kujo

        I have been with Dr.Leak for a little over a year , im off pain killers , type 2 diabtes and laughed out load with my first woody in 2 years , well worth it

  • JT

    Now that’s a coherent statement … or testimonial?

  • Ken

    I spoke with a gentleman there today. He told me the cost of the evaluation was $4495 and then $1100 monthly.

    • http://robertglenfogarty.com/ Robert Glen Fogarty

      Thanks for sharing this information with us, Ken! I know that price is a little rich for my blood — regardless of its effectiveness (or potential lack, thereof).

    • JiminyCricket

      When I read Ken’s quote of the price I had a heart attack. One better be healthy before they receive the first bill.