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

HRT Lowers Colorectal Cancer Risk in Women
A new study finds that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) reduces the risk of colorectal cancer in women. Jill R. Johnson, from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and colleagues analyzed data on 960 postmenopausal women (average age at enrollment of 55.7 years), who participated in the Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project. The team followed the subjects for an average of 15.02 years. Women who received combined estrogen therapy had a 22-percent overall reduction in colorectal cancer risk (as compared to women who did not receive any HRT). When progesterone was added to the HRT regimen, the benefit was a 36-percent risk reduction. The team notes that their findings support those from the Women’s Health Initiative, which showed a 44-percent reduction in colorectal cancer risk in women taking estrogen and progesterone.

Dr. Klatz observes: The health benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in women are clear. Safe optimization of essential hormone levels in the deficient and symptomatic patient is the goal of interventive endocrinology. This requires careful monitoring of bio-available hormone levels, as well as tailoring a customized bio-identical hormone replacement program to address the specific medical needs of the patient. Seek a qualified and trained anti-aging physician, such as one who has been Board Certified and Fellowship Trained by the A4M.

Post-Traumatic Stress Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by chronic anxiety and stress. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by elevated blood pressure, increased waist-to-hip ratio and elevated levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose. Pia S. Heppner, from the University of California/San Diego, and colleagues studied data from 253 male and female veterans who entered the Gulf War Screening and PTSD Programs at a VA hospital. The team found that among both male and female veterans, PTSD increased the risk of metabolic syndrome independent of depression, substance abuse, or other factors. Whereas 55 percent were diagnosed with PTSD, 40 percent also met the criteria for metabolic syndrome. This rate of metabolic syndrome is higher than the general population’s 20- to 31-percent prevalence as found by previous studies such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Remarks Dr. Goldman: Metabolic Syndrome is a condition characterized by central obesity, hypertension and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism. As a result it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This study identifies an intriguing contributing factor that warrants further investigation.

Sleeping Longer Correlates to Higher Cholesterol Levels
Numerous previous studies have found increased risk of death with habitual short and long sleep duration. Julia van den Berg, from Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), and colleagues studied a group of 768 seniors (ages 57 to 97 years), none of whom used cholesterol-lowering medication. The team tracked the subjects’ sleep duration, time in bed and sleep fragmentation, and measured total cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL, “good”) cholesterol. The researchers found that a longer sleep duration correlated to higher total cholesterol level, a higher total/HDL cholesterol ratio, and less HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Among those younger than 65, the team found that these subjects spent a longer time in bed, whereas among those age 70+, the relationship was largely due to a problem of fragmented sleep.

Comments Dr. Klatz: Nearly 60 percent of the elderly in the United States have trouble sleeping. Sleep is a necessary and integral state that permits mental and physical restoration. Adequate restful sleep, like diet and exercise, is critical to good health. Insufficient restful sleep can result in mental and physical health problems. This study strongly points out the importance of restorative sleep. Be sure to practice good sleep hygiene. Create a sleeping environment that is comfortable in temperature, absent of distracting lighting and sounds, and serene. Don’t become over-stimulated – remove televisions and radios from the bedroom (they emit electromagnetic fields that can cause wakefulness and/or agitation).

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.

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