Anti-Aging

Welcome to Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine

Welcome to our new site, please allow us to assist you in regaining a more youthful energy level and zest for life. Utilizing techniques of Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine, our goal is to return your energy and vitality to a more youthful level. Traditional medicine is focused on treating disease and prescribing medication.  We prefer prevention and a more holistic approach and elimination of medication whenever possible.  Optimization and restoration is the key.

• Decreased Sex Drive/ Erectile Dysfunction / Fizzling Love Life / Retired Romance?
• Tired/ Worn Out/ Lack of Energy / Fatigue / Sleepy / Dwindling Motivation?
• Gaining Weight/ Can’t Lose Weight / Middle Age Bulge?
• Mood Swings/ Irritable/ Decreased Confidence/ Sadness?
• Decreased Muscle Mass?
• High Blood Pressure/ High Cholesterol / High Blood Sugar?

Dr. Arthur Zacco

Dr. Zacco

CDr. Arthur Zacco is the first and only physician in Wake County to be certified in Anti Aging Medicine by the American Board of Anti Aging & Regenerative Medicine in 2009.  Dr. Zacco will spend 60-90 minutes with you during the first appointment in order to leave no stone unturned and get to the root of what is keeping you from being your best.  You will under go extensive traditional and FDA approved non-traditional testing via; blood, saliva, hormonal, urine, nutrient, GI, toxicity, adrenal, sleep, etc., in order to give you answers to your questions.  Dr. Arthur Zacco treats everyone as an individual and individualizes your treatment plan.  Your follow up appointments will never be rushed and Dr.Zacco will spend 60-120 minutes, giving you the attention that you need and deserve.  Our goal is to make you feel better and improve your health.  We aim to increase your muscle mass, minimize body fat, increase your energy, and restore your enjoyment of life’s pleasures.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Our approach is scientifically based, medically proven Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. Board Certified in Family Practice since 1996, certified in Anti-Aging Medicine since 2009 by the American Board of Regenerative Medicine, and certified in Integrative Medicine in 2013 by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we do not employ Nurse Practitioners (N.P.) or Physician Assistants (P.A.) and Dr. Arthur Zacco is the only physician you will see.
Our approach is scientifically based, medically proven Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. Board Certified in Family Practice since 1996 and certified in Anti-Aging Medicine since 2009.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we do not employ Nurse Practitioners (N.P.) or Physician Assistants (P.A.) and Dr. Arthur Zacco is the only physician you will see.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Often Overlooked Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies

Many of us experience symptoms that are a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as; fatigue, slow healing, hypothyroidism, decreased stamina, low libido, cardiac arrhythmia’s, hair loss, skin diseases, and the list goes on and on.

Some athletes feel IV nutrient therapy (see Doctor OZ video) allow them a quicker recovery and enhanced stamina.  A nutrient is defined as a substance that provides nourishment for growth and metabolism.

Many mistakenly think that people who live in the USA can’t possibly be vitamin or mineral nutrient deficient.  To the contrary, living in the USA is precisely why we are commonly show signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Living in an industrialized, technologically advanced, wealthy country makes us susceptible to nutrient deficiencies.

The vast majority of Americans over consume processed, nutrient poor, calorie rich diets that are relatively low in raw vegetables and fruits this contributes to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  At the same time, most Americans work too hard and endure a daily level of stress and chronic sleep deprivation -a level not experienced in any other country on Earth – EVER.

Added to this unnatural lifestyle never endured by any other humans in the history of human kind; farmers don’t rotate crops as they once did, rather they inadequately fertilize/replenish the soil.  Not to mention the explosion of “created plants” that are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).  This possibly produces a world where there are more and more food allergies/intolerance’s and autoimmune diseases such as: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), GI Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

This simmering brew of malfeasance creates a gastrointestinal (GI) tract inflammatory environment that does not absorb nutrients as effectively. Simply taking oral vitamins is many times not enough.  One must fix the gut!

That is why I believe that the land of plenty, has become the land of the malnourished.  The vast majority of new patients that we perform a nutritional comprehensive evaluation reveal not one but several nutrient deficiencies in most new patients.  Of course Dr. Zacco’s patient population is skewed because patients who come to Anti Aging & Functional Medicine have usually seen other physicians for significant fatigue and other constitutional symptoms.

Interestingly most of the time when we meet patients for the first time, they are on oral nutrient supplementation such as multivitamins, yet their initial tests reveal that they have vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Dr. Zacco’s philosophy is to correct this quickly and permanently by starting intravenous (IV) nutrient supplementation which delivers nutrients directly to the blood stream instead of having to pass through the damaged gut.  At the same time, Dr. Zacco encourages a healthy and healing diet for a permanently healthy gut.

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone is made from cholesterol and is manufactured mainly in the testicles in males and ovaries and adrenal glands in females.  Testosterone has an important function in the body of males and females most notably, it enhances sex drive, builds muscles and bones, helps maintain self confidence and the immune system, elevates mood and motivation, among many other important properties.

Deficiency in testosterone results in; decreased libido, decreased motivation, depression, increased risk of suicide, decreased confidence and feeling of well being, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat (especially belly fat) leading to obesity, difficulty losing weight, decreases exercise performance and tolerance, increased incidence of diabetes, and possibly even increases the risk of prostate cancer and heart attack.

Testosterone should NOT be taken by mouth due to numerous detrimental effects, if taken orally.  Testosterone can be administered by daily gels, weekly injections, or testosterone pellets inserted just beneath the skin about every 4 months.  These pellets are inserted by Dr. Arthur Zacco in about 5-10 minutes in the office with no down time.

Dr. Zacco notes that most patients favor testosterone therapy via pellets over injections or gels.  With  testosterone therapy pellets there are no messy gels or frequent injections.  Pellets allow freedom to focus on things other than testosterone therapy.

When patients are being treated with daily testosterone therapy gel, they have to avoid contact with their loved ones for a couple of hours after applying gels.  When patients are being treated by gels or injections, they have to bring these on vacation which can cause hassles at the airport as testosterone is a controlled substance.

In addition pellet testosterone therapy more closely resembles a steady state of testosterone. Making delivery more consistent instead of vast fluctuations in testosterone which is seen in the use of gels and injections.  Fluctuating testosterone can result in irritability, fatigue, increased fat, and a decreased libido.

When being treated with testosterone pellets, you are only reminded of testosterone treatment every four months when the pellets are inserted during a five to ten minute office procedure in which Dr. Zacco inserts pellets underneath the skin in the alternating upper outer buttocks.

Often Ignored Nutritional Deficiency

VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCIES / IV NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

What many people don’t realize is that we can experience a variety of symptoms that can indicate a vitamin/mineral nutritional deficiency. Symptoms may include: hair loss, fatigue, depression, dry skin, dry hair, headaches, muscle weakness, exercise fatigue, and more. There are some tests that are conducted in order to find out if you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency. Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine offers a specialized test in order for Dr. Zacco to determine if you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency. Together, Dr. Zacco and you will determine which form of treatment is best for you; oral supplementation, IV nutritional supplementation, or a combination of both.

IV therapy can be more effective than taking supplements orally. The IV method bypasses the digestive system, which sometimes poorly absorbs nutrients due to Leaky Gut Syndrome, food allergies, and decreased efficiency from the aging process. IV administration is very safe and also very effective, as it could bypass the problem of bowel intolerance.

IV Nutritional  deficiency therapy is used to support the following conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, PMS, Infections, Migraines, Vitamin Deficiencies, and so much more. IV Nutritional Therapy has been used by many athletes to aid in faster recovery and longer endurance.

Please click on the links below to find out more about IV Nutritional Therapy from Dr. Oz.

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