Longevity News & Review

By Dr. Robert Goldman
For The Bali Times

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, A4M chairman, physician co-founders of the anti-aging medical movement, distill these headlines and provide their commentary

Economic Status Predicts Stroke Risk among Those Aged 50 to 64

In the first study of its kind, Mauricio Avendano, from the University Medical Center Rotterdam, and colleagues assessed the age patterns of wealth, income and education disparities in stroke incidence in a national sample of older Americans. The study found that higher wealth (defined as total financial assets, including annual income) is linked with a lower risk of stroke in Americans between the ages of 50 and 64. Those in the lowest tenth percentile of wealth had three-times the stroke risk at age 50 to 64, compared with those in the 75-89th percentile. However, at age 65 and older, stroke risk was not significantly different between the two wealth groups for men and women.

Dr Klatz remarks: Strokes afflict 780,000 Americans every year, with 27 percent of them occurring in men and women younger than the age of 65. This is the first study to identify the role of greater economic status in reducing stroke risk, independently of income and education. Wealth increases an individual’s access to medical care and other resources, thus it is highly conceivable that economic affluence can positively impact stroke risk.

Soluble Dietary Fiber Aids Weight Loss, Benefits Cardiovascular Health

Soluble fiber is found in foods such as oat/oat bran, dried beans and peas, nuts, barley, flax seed, fruits such as oranges and apples, vegetables such as carrots, and psyllium husk. It binds with fatty acids and prolongs stomach emptying time so that sugar is released and absorbed more slowly. Jordi Salas-Salvado, from Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan (Spain), and colleagues randomly assigned 200 overweight or obese study subjects to receive a daily soluble fiber supplement (comprised of Plantago ovata husk and glucomannan) two or three times a day, or placebo, for 16 weeks. At the end of the study, weight loss was higher in both fiber groups (4.52 and 4.60 kg lost, respectively), compared to the placebo group (0.79 kg weight loss). Additionally, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels decreased by 0.38 and 0.24 mmol/l in the fiber-supplemented groups, and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (“good”)-cholesterol, and HDL to LDL, were also improved.

Dr. Goldman observes: The recommended intake of fiber is 25 grams per day. To meet this, eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables as well as at least six servings of grain products per day (at least three of which are whole grains). Your waistline, as well as cardiovascular profile, will both benefit.

Problem Anger is Endemic, Ignored

The Mental Health Foundation (United Kingdom) reports that problem anger is often left unaddressed. The Boiling Point Report says chronic and intense anger is linked to heart disease, cancer, stroke, colds and fly, as well as depression, self-harm, and substance misuse. The Foundation suggests intervention comes too late and that we could save many lives from being damaged if the situation is tackled earlier. Comments Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation: “Some experts think that rapid social changes over the last few decades are leading to an increase in mental and emotional health problems, such as problem anger.”

Comments Dr. Klatz: Anger is a vital emotion, essential to our survival. But when it becomes a routine part of everyday life and interferes with thinking, feeling, and behaviors, problem anger causes misery for the individual and those around them. Psychological health is an important component of the anti-aging lifestyle, and people need to fill their lives with positive emotions rather than destructive ones.

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