Longevity News & Review

By 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

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Beneficial for Cognitive Decline
Following on two studies published in April 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that reported that regular consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids was effective in preventing age-related cognitive decline, Chih-Chiang Chiu, from Taipei City Hospital (Taiwan), and colleagues find that omega-3s actually provide therapeutic benefits for the condition. The team studied 23 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and 23 people with mild cognitive decline; a segment of each group received 1.8 grams of omega-3 per day for 24 weeks. They found that: “Omega-3 fatty acids may improve general clinical function in patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.”

Dr Klatz remarks: Upwards of 12 million people in the United States and European Union suffer from Alzheimer’s, and millions more from mild age-related cognitive impairment. This study is suggestive of the therapeutic role of omega-3s in counteracting mental decline. Consider increasing your weekly consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish including mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.

More Calcium Reduces Stroke Risk
To investigate the association between calcium intake and risk of cardiovascular disease (including stroke), Mitsumasa Umesawa, from the University of Tsukuba (Japan), and colleagues followed 41,526 Japanese men and women (ages 40 to 59 at the study’s start) for a period of 13 years. The team that those men and women who consumed the highest calcium from all dietary sources lowered their risk of stroke by 30 percent.

Dr Goldman observes: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Europe and the United States, and is a significant cause of long-term disability. Diet is known to have an impact on a person’s risk of stroke; in particular, numerous studies show the connection between sodium and hypertension, a risk factor for stroke. This study is important in that it identifies a readily modifiable dietary habit change that may significantly reduce the risk of stroke.

Americans, Led by Aging Seniors, Frequent Doctors’ Offices and Hospitals
The aging of the American population is taxing the healthcare system, as today’s seniors make more visits to doctors’ offices than older people did ten years ago. Across the entire US population, people made an average of 4 visits a year to doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and hospital outpatient departments in 2006, totaling 1.1 billion visits. This represents a 26-percent increase as compared to 1996. Half of all doctors’ office visits were made by people with chronic medical conditions, including high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, diabetes and depression.

Dr Klatz remarks: These statistics underscore the value of wellness-oriented medical care. Given the aging population of the United States and the associated costs of medical attention for them, the nation cannot afford to continue in a disease-based healthcare model. Instead, many public policy leaders are looking to anti-aging medicine, which promotes innovative science and research to prolong the healthy human lifespan, as a viable alternative to avert a collapse of the US healthcare system.

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