Longevity News and Review with Dr. Goldman & Dr. Kltaz

Longevity News & Review
By Dr. Robert Goldman
For The Bali Times

American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Longevity News and Review provides readers with the latest information in breakthroughs pertaining to the extension of the healthy human lifespan. These news summaries are compiled by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M;
www.worldhealth.net), a non-profit medical society composed of 20,000 physician and scientist members from 90 nations, united in a mission to advance biomedical technologies to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process.  Dr. Ronald Klatz, A4M president, and Dr. Robert Goldman, chairman, physician co-founders of the anti-aging medical movement, distill these headlines and provide their commentary

Vitamin C Lowers Stroke Risk

A 10-year long European study involving 20,649 men and women has found that increased blood levels of Vitamin C reduce the risk of stroke by 42 percent. Phyo Myint, from the University of Cambridge and colleagues found that both consumption of Vitamin C-rich foods and dietary vitamin supplements were equivalent in providing stroke-reducing benefits. They found that an optimal blood level of Vitamin C was reached after study subjects ingested five servings of fruits and vegetables. Further, the team reports that “the strong inverse association between plasma Vitamin C and stroke suggests that plasma Vitamin C is likely to be a good biomarker [affecting] stroke risk.” The researchers propose that Vitamin C can be a reliable predicative risk indicator of stroke, independent of other risk factors such as age, blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, diabetes and body mass index.

Dr. Klatz observes: Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in Europe and the United States, and is a significant cause of long-term disability. This large-scale, long-term study identifies Vitamin C as both an indicator and predictor of stroke risk. Increase your daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, to consume five to 10 servings a day; alternatively, select a natural-source Vitamin C with cofactors (for best absorption and utilization by the body).

Low Vitamin D Linked to Increased Heart Disease Risk

Heart tissue is rich in Vitamin D receptors. In new analysis of data from the Framingham Offspring Study, involving 1,739 subjects over a five-year period, Thomas Wang, from Harvard Medical School, and colleagues have found that low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, or stroke by 62 percent. The researchers further found that study participants with low vitamin D levels and high blood pressure were at a 113-percent increased risk of a cardiovascular event, as compared to those with normal blood pressure and higher Vitamin D levels.

Dr. GoldmanRemarks Dr. Goldman: Previously, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to osteoporosis and certain cancers. Recently, a number of studies have shown that Vitamin D may be helpful in treating high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis and other aging-related infirmities. Simply by boosting Vitamin D levels, via increased consumption of foods rich in the vitamin, by supplementation, or perhaps even by a 15-minute daily exposure to sunlight, an individual may be able to significantly reduce their cardiovascular risk.

Legumes Lower Diabetes Risk

An increased consumption of legumes, such as peanuts and soybeans, has been shown to markedly reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes (“adult onset,” also known as diabetes mellitus). Raquel Villegas, from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and colleagues from the Shanghai Cancer Institute (China) followed 64,227 Chinese women for 4.6 years and used questionnaires to assess dietary intakes of the subjects. In those study subjects with a high intake of a variety of legumes, the researchers found a 38-percent reduction in diabetes risk. In particular, a high intake of soybeans was associated with a 47-percent risk reduction.

Comments Dr. Klatz: Type-2 diabetes is a leading cause of long-term dependence and disability. In the United States, the disease affects 7 percent of the population; in the EU, it affects 4 percent. Around the world, experts predict the numbers of cases of type-2 diabetes to rise as the global population ages. This study suggests that simple changes in our everyday dietary choices can reduce the onset of type-2 diabetes. Ask your doctor to check your HbA1c level, a long-term indicator of glucose in blood, at your next physical examination.

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