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.
Easy-Going Personality May Protect Against Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Previous studies have shown that people with relaxed personalities have a more stable mood and are better able to handle stressful situations without anxiety. In a study of 506 older Swedes, Hui-Xin Wang, of the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), and colleagues found that those men and women who were socially outgoing but not easily distressed by circumstances were 49-percent less likely to develop dementia over time, as compared to those who were extroverted and neurotic. In addition, a calm personality was also associated with a 49-percent reduced dementia risk in those who were not socially active compared with those who were stay-at-homes but prone to distress. The team observes that: “These findings provide further evidence that certain personality traits may play a role in dementia development, and that personality-lifestyle interactions may be especially important for determining dementia risk.”
Dr Klatz remarks: Dementia is the progressive loss and impairment of activities such as memory, behavior, personality, judgment, attention, spatial relations, language, abstract thought and other intellectual capacities. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia and currently affects over 26 million people worldwide. This study elucidates that individual variability of coping strategies and social support may affect how well, or how poorly, each of us handles the effects of psychological stress, which consequently may impact the likelihood of developing cognitive deficits as we age.
Low Vitamin D Correlates to Higher Risk of Dementia
A number of studies have established a wide range of health benefits for Vitamin D, deficiencies of which have been correlated to osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, and some types of cancers. Iain Lang, from Peninsula Medical School (United Kingdom), and colleagues studied 1,776 men and women ages 65+, assessing levels of cognitive function and sampling blood markers of vitamin D. The team found that people with normal cognitive function had higher levels of a blood marker for Vitamin D, as compared to study subjects with cognitive impairments. Further, those with the lowest Vitamin D markers were four-times more likely to be cognitively compromised. Observes the team: “This is the first large-scale study to identify a relationship between Vitamin D and cognitive impairment in later life.”
Dr. Goldman observes: The numbers of cases of dementia worldwide are projected to rise due to worldwide gains in life expectancy. Left unaddressed, dementia may become a major public health crisis. This study is important in that it suggests the potential for Vitamin D as an intervention to reduce the incidence of cognitive impairment in the growing aging population.
Green Tea May Slash Breast Cancer Risk
Previous studies have associated tea consumption with reduced cardiovascular disease and death, and other studies have associated a protective role for green tea against certain kinds of cancers as well as Alzheimer’s Disease. Martha Shrubsole, from Vanderbilt School of Medicine (Tennessee), and colleagues studied 3,454 women with breast cancer, ages 20 to 74, and a comparable control group of 3,474 similarly aged women. All of the women were individually interviewed and their habits in drinking green tea were assessed. The team found that regular consumption of green tea was associated with a 12-percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer. In addition, premenopausal women reaped increased benefits relative to the number of years they had been regular green tea drinkers.
Comments Dr. Klatz: According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide about 465,000 will die from the disease. This study provides evidence correlating the regular consumption of green tea to lower breast cancer risk, which may suggest a potential interventive role for the beverage to combat the onset of this disease.
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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