Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Aging

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Aging

For as long as injuries and maladies have existed, people have been searching for ways to alleviate them. One sort of treatment that has come to prominence in recent years has been the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Among the conditions that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is touted to treat is the effects of aging.   

But before making the choice to undergo this type of treatment, it’s important to understand several aspects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In this article, we’ll look at several key questions: 

• What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

• What happens during a hyperbaric oxygen therapy session?

• What sort of effect does hyperbaric oxygen therapy have on reverse aging?  

Let’s examine each of these in a bit more depth. 

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?   

In short, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a type of therapy that involves being made to breathe pure oxygen in an environment that is more pressurized than usual. The intake of pure oxygen can be used to mitigate many conditions. 

What Happens During a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Session?

Legitimate hyperbaric oxygen therapy always takes place under the supervision of a medical team. Depending on how your appointment is structured, your hyperbaric oxygen chamber may accommodate only you, or a group of people, with each option producing the same benefits.   

During the typically two-hour-long session, the air pressure is increased anywhere from two to three times the normal air pressure. The patient isn’t expected to do any activity during the process, so just relax and breathe deeply.   

Of course there are risks involved with any procedure, so although you’ll be monitored by a medical team for the duration of the appointment, it’s advisable to check with your GP to determine if oxygen therapy therapy would be right for you based on your medical history.   

And prior to your appointment, you may want to check with the facility that will be administering the treatment on any specific methodology or preparation they may employ. Every place is different, and thus may adhere to different protocols.   

What Sort of Effect Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Have on the Effects of Aging?   

The reasoning behind the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat the effects of aging lies within the reparative effect that oxygen has on damaged tissues. An Israeli study was conducted in 2020 that showed that hyperbaric oxygen therapy played a part in reversing the effects of aging in two ways: 

• Lengthening the telomeres at the end of human chromosomes 

• Decreasing the amount of senescent cells  

Telomeres are the regions at each end of the chromosome. They act as a sort of protection for the DNA, ensuring that it remains properly coded. As a person ages, those protective caps shorten. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was indicated to lengthen the telomeres to some degree. 

In an even clearer representation of hyperbaric oxygen therapy’s aging reversal effects, the same study showed that hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduced the number of old and malfunctioning cells in a rate of up to 37%.   

A Final Word 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has proven itself to be an effective treatment for conditions of all forms, including the effects of aging on the body. And while it still seems to fall a bit outside the parameters of “conventional medicine,” it is certainly an option worth exploring.  

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