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Interim data release: November 2023:

Longevity Clinics Survey 2023

Phil Newman

Editor-in-chief
Longevity.Technology

Christine Belleza

Scientific writer
Market Intelligence Unit, Longevity.Technology

What is the difference between longevity medicine and preventative medicine? Many traditional clinicians will see no difference between the two, while the new generation of longevity practitioners will beg to differ. In this recent survey, we received responses from 51 longevity clinics from around the world; these results are presented as-is, further analysis will follow.

Interestingly 31% of clinic respondents neither agree or disagree with the statement: ‘A clinic can only categorize itself as a longevity clinic if it helps its clients manage their biological age’. Interesting:

While 47% agree or strongly agree with this statement, 21% disagree or strongly disagree with it. So within the mix of respondents we see a fundamental difference of opinion as to what a longevity clinic is for.

Clinical skills and longevity training

In terms of clinical skills, the good news is that 86% of clinics are staffed by senior doctor(s) with >10 years clinical experience, however, when it comes to longevity training, 29% don’t have qualifications/certificates in longevity medicine at all. This reflects that fact that longevity science isn’t on the curriculum at med school but also shows that some operating within longevity clinics are not trained in longevity concepts.

Advanced diagnostics

As the market is mixed and clinics are still forming, there are some fully equipped longevity clinics in the market while others are not offering (or able to invest in) advanced diagnostics: 39% of clinics don’t perform any type of diagnostic imaging procedures, and 37% don’t perform any type of cardiovascular screening. Interestingly, however, 23% of clinics do offer full body MRI, although this may be outsourced by some in view of the capital equipment cost.

Core diagnostics

72% of clinics use biomarker panels to identify a client’s biological age, with 70% testing (for some of) the hallmarks of aging. Our earlier research identified that cognitive decline is the biggest concern of our readers, and accordingly, 57% of clinics perform brain health screening procedures. Relatively easy but valuable tests are also offered by many: 70% of clinics perform muscle strength tests and 55% perform microbiome testing.

Interventions

While a core competency of longevity clinics should be the mitigation of, or early identification of, the diseases of aging: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive and physical decline etc.. Many are now offering a new mix of therapies: 71% offer hormone replacement therapy, 46% offer IV nutrient infusions, 46% topical platelet rich plasma therapy, and 58% offer either in-house or outsourced aesthetic services.

A number of longevity clinics have transitioned from being aesthetic clinics which does highlight the crossover of the term anti-aging: is it simply looking younger, or being epigenetically or metabolically younger? 

Technical infrastructure

There is still some way for longevity clinics to go in terms of being able to afford or embrace the latest in technology: 68% don’t have a mobile app to help manage their clients (of for their clients to manage themselves); 68% don’t have their own longevity portal/HER/medical record system; and 43% are still using Excel/Word and or paper files.

The raw answers from the survey are being shared ahead of the forthcoming round table events at the Buck Institute to address the development of standards for longevity clinics. A deeper analysis and narrative will be shared in early 2024.

What category best describes the type of clinic you operate (either a physical clinic or virtual/telehealth)?


Do you offer in-person home visits?


Which types of medical professionals provide services in your clinic?


Which type of qualifications/certificates in longevity medicine does the Longevity Clinic you are affiliated with request from physicians?


Do you currently have a client portal? i.e. for clients to log in and view/track their results


Where do you collect and store client data?


Do you compare previous client data with current client data as a means to measure health outcomes?


What type of general diagnostic procedures do you perform in your clinic/s?


What type of diagnostic blood chemistry/body fluid tests do you perform in your clinic/s?


What type of diagnostic imaging procedures do you perform in your clinic/s?


What type of cardiovascular screening procedures do you perform in your clinic/s?


What type of brain health screening procedures do you perform in your clinic/s?


What type of musculoskeletal diagnostic tests do you perform in your clinic/s?


What type of Immunity/allergy diagnostic tests do you perform in your clinic/s?


Do you help your clients identify their biological age?


Do you help your clients manage their biological age?


What methods do you use to identify a client’s biological age?


Do you test any of the 12 hallmarks of aging?


If yes, which ones do you test for?


Do you offer medical interventions in your clinic/s (i.e., a treatment or procedure that is meant to cure or prevent disease or improve health)?


What interventions do you provide in your clinic?


Do you offer regenerative services in your clinic?


What type of regenerative services do you offer in your clinic/s?


Do you offer aesthetic services in your clinic?


What type of aesthetic services do you offer in your clinic/s?


Do you have a follow-up appointment protocol after every client interaction in your clinic/s?


What is your follow-up patient protocol after every interaction?


How frequently do you normally interact with a client after each consultation?


During follow-ups, how do you gauge if a treatment has been successful or not/warrants further management?


Do you have a mobile app for follow-ups?


Do you have your own longevity portal/EHR/medical record system?


Do you have an approach that regularly educates your clients (e.g. guidance newsletter, closed webinars etc.)?


What approach do you utilize to educate your clients?


Do you agree or disagree?

A clinic can only categorize itself as a longevity clinic if it helps its clients manage their biological age:

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