By practicing Age Management Medicine (AMM), Cenegenics claims to help you “look and feel years younger” by providing you with “personalized, proactive age management programs that maximize health, vitality and wellness throughout life.” The company claims to accomplish this through a variety of intensive health tests, screenings, supplements, in addition to hormone replacement.
Cenegenics was founded in 1997 in Las Vegas, NV, and claims to be affiliated with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The company holds an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, with just six closed complaints over the past three years. Unfortunately, none of the details surrounding these complaints were made available. Online reviews about Cenegenics appear to be mixed, with a healthy dose of skepticism across the board. The most common complaints appear to reference high prices and overstated claims.
How Cenegenics Works
With 20 locations throughout the U.S., Cenegenics claims to use “evidence-based, cutting-edge science” to create a “personalized age-management medical program” for you. As part of this, the company offers four primary products and services:
- Multi-vitamins and nutritional supplements
- Cenegenics Private Formulations
- Fitness Wear
- Elite Health Program
- Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program
- Telomere Testing
Cenegenics Elite Health Program
As the flagship service for Cenegenics, this program is claimed to help you “decrease the risk of age-related disease, increase physical and sexual vitality, improve sleep quality, increase muscle tone, decrease body fat and sharpen mental acuity.”
You’ll begin by undergoing a baseline test to establish “your metabolic and physiologic baseline, revealing your greatest health strengths and weakest health links.” Based on these results, Cenegenics will then develop a medical program designed to meet your specific needs, and to help greatly reduce your risk for preventable diseases.
Once your baseline is established, you’ll then be assigned to a dedicated Cenegenics “5-star” team of physicians, nutrition and exercise counselors, wellness coaches, and Personal Service coordinators, who will help optimize your health and reach your goals. This team will also perform monthly progress evaluations, at which point they may recommend alterations to your program.
According to the Cenegenics website, their Elite Health programs provide the following benefits:
- Decrease the risk of experiencing age-related diseases.
- Improve physical and sexual vitality.
- Help you sleep better.
- Improve muscle tone and reduce body fat.
- Boost mental acuity.
Cenegenics Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention
Even though heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., it is completely preventable. As such, Cenegenics uses “state-of-the-art technology and the most comprehensive laboratory testing available” to help you achieve optimum health.
The Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention program works in three steps:
- You’ll undergo an intensive physical exam and discuss important factors such as smoking habits, family medical history, metabolism, and more.
- Next, you’ll undergo “genetic marker, inflammatory marker, and advanced lipid panels” to predict heart-related diseases.
- Finally, you’ll undergo Carotid Intima-Media Thickening (CIMT) testing, which uses Panasonic's Health Station to evaluate “existing plaque and the propensity to develop future build-up.” Based on these results, your Elite Program may be altered to address any concerns.
Cenegenics Telomere Testing
By evaluating “your health at the cellular level” and analyzing “your cell's ability to duplicate itself,” Life Length® telomere testing can help determine your biological versus chronological age, which is most often affected by lifestyle choices.
The company claims you can register at no charge, and will receive a free Elite Health Kit after signing up. However, no additional information is provided as to what is included in the kit.
Outside of this, no pricing information is listed on the company’s website. However, after some digging around, we located several customer reviews that claim your initial assessment fee can range anywhere from $3,000 - $4,000, while hormone replacement therapy will cost $1,000 - $2,000. On top of this, you’ll likely spend around $1,000 per month in supplement costs, as well as a monthly “medical fee” of $795. Also, keep in mind that if you don’t live near a Cenegenics center, you’ll be required to cover your transportation costs (e.g. airfare, hotels, etc.), which can add up quickly if you’re required to visit 2-3 times per year.
Regarding their products, price ranges are as follows:
- Supplements: $4.99 to $600
- Private Formulations: $107 to $191
- Skincare: $125
- Fitness Wear: $25 to $126
While no refund information is available on the Cenegenics website, we read several customer reviews that claimed you’ll be required to sign a fairly ironclad agreement, and that deposits are not refundable.
Bottom Line: Is Cenegenics a Scam?
During our research, we encountered numerous customer reviews that claimed Cenegenics is a scam, and nearly all included quite a bit of skepticism. Here’s why:
One of the primary tools used by Cenegenics to combat aging is hormone replacement, mainly through testosterone and Human Growth Hormone. However, The Mayo Clinic expressly states that testosterone therapy may not provide the benefits you’re after, and WebMD claims that there is insufficient evidence showing that HGH has any kind of anti-aging benefits, not to mention side effects such as kidney problems, short bowel syndrome, and others.
Next, there have been numerous allegations that Cenegenics uses their programs to peddle their own supplements under the guise of medical treatments. Furthermore, the company’s website does not provide any statistics or studies to back up their claims.
Finally, always check with your physician prior to beginning any intensive programs through Cenegenics, as they will often be able to lend a great deal of insight into the company’s legitimacy. In fact, we read several customer reviews that claimed their physicians were able to recommend similar, but much less expensive, options closer to home.