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 22,000 physician and scientist members from 105 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, M.D., D.O., A4M President, and Dr. Robert Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., D.O., FAASP, A4M Chairman, physician co-founders of the anti-aging medical movement, distill these headlines and provide their commentary.

Coffee Slashes Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
A growing body of science suggests that coffee consumption may improve mental function. A previous study found that coffee consumption may significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Miia Kivipelto, from the University of Kuopio (Finland), and colleagues completed a 21-year study involving 1,409 men and women, ages 65 to 79 at the study’s concluding point. The team found that those study subjects who drank three to five cups of coffee a day at midlife lowered their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease by 65 percent, compared to those who drank no or a little coffee. Interestingly, midlife tea consumption was not found to affect the risk of dementia or AD later in life.

Dr Klatz remarks: More than 26 million people worldwide were estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006; by 2050, AD will afflict more than 106 million people. While we await further study as to the exact mechanism of how coffee may exert a protective effect against dementia or AD, these findings may convert into a viable, cost-effective and widely accessible dietary intervention to prevent or delay the onset of dementia or AD.

Plant Antioxidants May Boost Bone Health as We Age
Carotenoids are a group of antioxidants occurring in plants. Katherine Tucker, from Tufts University (Massachusetts), and colleagues completed a four-year study of 213 men and 390 women, each age 75+. The team found that an increased intake of carotenoids, and particularly lycopene, was associated with some level of protection against losses in bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine in women and at the hip in men. In addition, BMD in the hips of men was also associated with intakes of total carotenoids, beta-carotene and lutein plus zeaxanthin. The researchers postulate that the carotenoids may play a protective role in skeletal health via their antioxidant activity. Previous reports have suggested that oxidative stress may increase bone resorption, though other mechanisms may play a contributory role as well.

Dr. Goldman observes: With the gains in life expectancies worldwide creating a swelling, aging population, bone health is quickly becoming a major public health issue. With the lifetime risk for a woman to have an osteoporotic fracture at 30-40 percent and a 13-percent risk in men, it is paramount to discover simple, effective and widely accessible dietary interventions to improve bone health as societies age.

For Seniors in Good Health, Light to Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Ward Off Disabilities
A number of previous studies have suggested that moderate alcohol intake is associated with less disability, and a new study completed by Arun S. Karlamangla, from the University of California Los Angeles), and colleagues is the latest to reaffirm the benefits of light to moderate drinking in men and women who are in good health. The team analyzed data from 4.276 patients, ages 50+, enrolled in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey’s Epidemiologic Follow-Up Study. The researchers classified those who drank fewer than 15 drinks a week, and men who drank less than five drinks per day and women who drank less than four drinks a day. After a five-year follow-up period, healthy moderate drinkers had a 17.7-percent chance of becoming disabled or dying within five years, compared with 26.7 percent for those who did not drink at all, and 21.4 pecent for heavy drinkers. In addition, healthy older study subjects who drank moderately also experienced a 3- to 8-percent reduction in the odds of developin
g disability with each additional drink per week (up to nine drinks for women, 15 for men), thereby suggesting a causal relation between modest alcohol consumption and warding off disabilities in healthy adults. Among those who rated their health as fair or poor, no benefits were seen with alcohol consumption of any degree.

Comments Dr. Klatz: In that alcohol may exert an ameliorating effect on athersclerosis, this study’s findings reinforce the notion that light to moderate alcohol consumption may confer a protective effect against disabilities that compromise independent living.

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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