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.
Healthy Food and Exercise Key to Cancer Prevention
The Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention report, published by World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, confirms the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices. First and foremost, the report notes that many types and cases of cancers could be prevented by not smoking, a habit estimated to cause another third of malignancies. The report then presents data demonstrating the influence of different patterns of diet and physical activity on cancer risks. The researchers found that in the US, Great Britain, China and Brazil, about a third of cancers could be prevented by proper diet, more physical activity and avoiding obesity. The report also contains a number of policy recommendations, including that: the food industry should make public health an explicit priority; schools should encourage physical activity and provide healthy food; schools, workplaces and institutions should not have unhealthy foods available in vending machines; health professionals should lead in providing information about public health, including cancer prevention; and individuals should use independent nutrition guides and food labels to ensure they buy healthy food. Comments panel Chair Michael Marmot, from University College London: “The message coming out of this report is that many, many more cancers are preventable by healthy patterns of diet, weight and physical activity.”
Dr. Klatz observes: This policy report takes an important step in identifying steps for us as a society to make choices that may help each of us to prevent cancer. The recommendations for action by governments, industry, schools and individuals to build cancer prevention into everyday living are commendable and the goals very achievable, if society makes such advances a top health priority.
Two Glasses of Milk Daily May Protect against Alzheimer’s
In that Vitamin B-12 acts as a counteragent against homocysteine, elevated levels of which are associated with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), David Smith, from the University of Oxford, and colleagues studied whether foods rich in Vitamin B-12 might be preventive against AD. They monitored 5,937 subjects in two age groups (47-49 years, and 71-74 years) participating in the Hordaland Homocysteine Study in Norway, surveying them for their daily food intake patterns. The team observed that those subjects with low B-12 levels suffered twice as much brain shrinkage as compared to those study participants with higher blood levels of the vitamin. They found that “dietary intake of dairy products and fish are significant contributors to plasma vitamin B-12 and may improve plasma vitamin B-12 status.” Further, the researchers suggest that because “Vitamin B-12 appears to be more bioavailable from dairy products,” two glasses of skim milk daily may help ward off Alzheimer’s Disease.
Remarks Dr. Goldman: 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. This study identifies a potentially interventive nutrient that may beneficially impact the risk of Alzheimer’s, a costly and burdensome disease.
Water Quality Influences Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Water is a nutrient essential to life, composing more than half our bodies, one-quarter of our bones and one-third of our brains. Water can contain a number of metals, some of which, in excess quantities, may be detrimental to human health. Virginie Rondeau, from the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (France), and colleagues examined associations between exposure to aluminum or silica from drinking water and risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. The team followed elderly subjects for 15 years, logging exposures to aluminum and silica via drinking water, and incidences of dementia. Cognitive decline with time was greater in subjects with a higher daily intake of aluminum from drinking water; conversely, a slightly increased daily intake of silica correlated to reduced risk of dementia. The researchers conclude that: “High consumption of aluminum from drinking water may be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: Water is present in every cell and tissue of the body and facilitates every bodily function, including respiration, digestion, cognition and immunity. It is thus critically important that we ingest quality water, as free from deleterious contaminants, such as aluminum, as possible.
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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