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

Green Tea Extract May Lower Blood Pressure, Improve Cholesterol Levels

Green tea contains between 30 and 40 percent polyphenols, which in previous studies have been shown to have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. Meri Nantz, from the University of Florida, and colleagues studied 52 healthy men and 72 healthy women, ages 21 to 70 years old, assigning them to receive daily one of three green tea extract nutritional supplements or placebo. After 3 weeks, blood pressure was reduced by 5 mmHg (systole) and 4 mmHg (diastole). total cholesterol levels were reduced by 10 mg/dL and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol was lowered by 9 mg/dL. Further, after three months of supplementation with green tea extract, study subjects had a 12-percent lower oxidative stress marker as well as a 42-percent reduction in a chronic inflammation marker. The team comments: “[Green tea] compounds may be an option for people who have mild to moderate high blood pressure, elevated LDL cholesterol, elevated markers of inflammation, or a combination of these cardiovascular disease risk factors.”

Dr Klatz remarks: High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States and results in more than 50 percent of deaths in Europe. This study suggests a potent and rapid effect of a natural compound, green tea extract, on improving all major markers of cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin E May Slash Lung Cancer Risk

Studies of vitamin E and cancer have focused on the alpha-tocopherol form of the vitamin. However, there are other forms of vitamin E, namely beta, gamma and delta. In the US, alpha-tocopherol is the main source found in the European diet, while gamma-tocopherol is the most common form in the American diet. Somdat Mahabir, from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and colleagues studied 1,088 men and women with lung cancer (average age 61.7), matched against healthy counterparts, assessing dietary intakes and collecting lifestyle data. The team found the highest average intakes of alpha-tocopherol (over 7.73 mg/day) were associated with a 53-percent reduction in lung cancer risk, compared to the lowest average intakes (less than 4.13 mg/day). When they looked at the total daily intake of all four tocopherols, the highest average intake (more than 12.95 mg/day) was associated with a 55-percent reduction in the risk of lung cancer, compared to the lowest total average intakes (less than 6.68 mg/day).

Dr. Goldman observes: Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer worldwide, with over 1.2 million new cases diagnosed annually. This study provides stimulating evidence to promote further research into the relationship of different forms of vitamin E and cancer, particularly to elucidate a potential preventive role for the nutrient.

Dangers of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure in Alzheimer’s Disease

Yaakov Stern, from Columbia University Medical Center, and colleagues studied 323 people who had no memory problems at the study’s start but subsequently developed dementia. The team found that after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Diasease (AD) was made, people with diabetes were twice as likely to die sooner than those without diabetes but did have AD. Similarly, people with AD who also had high blood pressure were 2.5-times more likely to die sooner than those with normal blood pressure.

Comments Dr. Klatz: The average lifespan of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is relatively short, from three to nine years. This study identifies two modifiable factors that may significantly affect how long a person with AD can survive. In addition, it may be possible to reduce the economic burden of the AD by beneficially impacting diabetes and high blood pressure.

Anti-aging medicine is the fastest-growing medical specialty throughout the world and is founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. It is a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. As such, anti-aging medicine is based on solid scientific principles of responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties. The goal of anti-aging medicine is not to merely prolong the total years of an individual’s life, but to ensure that those years are enjoyed in a productive and vital fashion.

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