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.
Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Vascular Dementia
Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), causing a deterioration of cognitive functions. Metabolic Syndrome is a group of health risk factors that are associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Factors include enlarged waist circumference, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol and high fasting glucose levels. Christelle Raffaitin, from the University Hospital of Bordeaux (France), and colleagues studied 7,087 men and women, ages 65+, for as four-year period. None of the study subjects had dementia at the start of the study. The team found that 16 percent of the subjects had metabolic syndrome, which independently increased the risk of vascular dementia (but not AD). However, they also found that high triglyceride levels were significantly associated with vascular dementia. In addition, the researchers found a significant association between diabetes and vascular dementia.
Dr. Klatz observes: Previously, Metabolic Syndrome has been correlated to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and now this study finds the condition is linked to vascular dementia. This study emphasizes the importance of detecting vascular risk factors in order to prevent and reduce the likelihood of cognitive compromise as we age.
Metabolic Syndrome Raises Risk of Stroke
Duanping Liao, from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and colleagues studied a group of 14,993 middle-aged men and women (mean age 54 years) for 9 years. The team found the highest risk of stroke was found in those study subjects with Metabolic Syndrome and having the specific Syndrome factors of elevated blood pressure or elevated blood sugar. This translated to a twofold increase of the risk of stroke among men and women with Metabolic Syndrome, as compared to those study subjects without the condition.
Remarks Dr. Goldman: Metabolic Syndrome is typified by a cluster of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. This study now correlates an increased risk of stroke to the condition. This data serves an important public health discovery in that identification of the contributing role of Metabolic Syndrome in stroke may save lives and reduce the disease burden.
In the United States, Diabetes at Epidemic Levels
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. It is the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations in adults and a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In the United States, nearly 13 percent of adults age 20 and older have diabetes, but 40 percent of them have not been diagnosed, according to epidemiologists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Catherine Cowie, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and colleagues completed a study involving 7,267 men and women. The team found that the rate of diagnosed diabetes has risen, and that the prevalence of diabetes among minority groups is disproportionately high. They also found that pre-diabetes, a condition marked by elevated blood sugar that is not yet in the diabetic range, affects 35 percent of men and 23 percent of women. The researchers warn that: “We’re facing a diabetes epidemic that shows no signs of abating.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: Diabetes is especially common in the elderly, affecting one-third of those ages 65 and over. It is critically important to curb the obesity epidemic, which is the main factor driving the rise in type 2 diabetes.
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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