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
Behavior and Lifestyle Influence Cancer Risk
Igor Akushevich, from Duke University (North Carolina, US), and colleagues have developed a new approach to estimate the contributions of measurable risk factors to cancer risk among the elderly. As expected, the researchers found an association between cigarette smoking with lung cancer, and found that circulatory disease and diabetes increased the risk of breast cancer while immune diseases increased the risk of prostate cancer. The researchers also found that moderate physical activities decreased cancer risk, particularly for colon and prostate cancers. Finally, the team also found that a general optimism in life was associated with less cancer risk.
Dr Klatz remarks: With 80 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the elderly, and more than 80 percent of known risk factors being potentially preventable, this study reaffirms the benefits of the anti-aging lifestyle. Healthy habits, good nutrition and a positive outlook are all important factors that contribute to living a healthy, productive long life.
Omega-3 Seafood Improves Prostate Cancer Survival
A small but growing number of studies have suggested positive benefits of the consumption of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids on cancer. Jorge Chavarro, from the Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts), and colleagues analyzed data from 20,000 men enrolled in the Physician’s Health Study. The team found that high omega-3 fatty acid intakes from fish sources improved the survival rate in prostate cancer patients by 38 percent.
Dr. Goldman observes: Worldwide, the incidence of prostate cancer is increasing at a projected rate of 1.7 percent over 15 years. An earlier study by this group of researchers found that the highest intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish sources correlated to a 41-percent reduction in prostate cancer risk. Now the team has found that fatty fish boosts the survival rate in prostate cancer patients. Taken together, these studies strongly suggest both an interventive and preventive role for a simple dietary selection that men can make to positively impact their health.
Children of Centenarians Live Longer, Have Lower Risk of Disease
A new study confirms that age-related diseases in a centenarian offspring (children of parents who lived to be at least 97 years old) is lower, finding they have a 78-percent lower risk of heart attacks, 83-percent lower likelihood of stroke and an 86-percent lower risk of developing Type-2 diabetes. The researchers suspect this markedly lower disease rate is due to important cardiovascular advantages they inherit from their parents. Additionally, centenarian offspring were 81-percent less likely to die during the 5-year follow-up period (as compared to age-matched counterparts).
Comments Dr. Klatz: These findings reinforce the notion that there may be physiological reasons that longevity runs in families and that centenarian offspring are more likely to age in better cardiovascular health and with a lower mortality than their peers. Genetics play a critical role in how well each of us ages.
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.
Visit the A4M’s World Health Network website, at www.worldhealth.net, to learn more about the A4M and its educational endeavors and to sign-up for EBN – The FREE Longevity Newsletter.