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.
Social Activity Helps Seniors Keep Motor Function Skills Sharp
While a loss of motor function is a common consequence of aging, little is known about the factors that contribute to age-related motor decline. Aron S. Buchman, from Rush University Medical Center (Chicago), and colleagues hypothesized that late-life social activity may be protective against the decline of motor function in old age. To test this theory, the researchers studied 906 older men and women, testing their motor functions (including grip, pinch strength, balance, and walking) and surveying their social activity, for a period of 5 years. Those study participants with less social activity were found to have a more rapid rate of motor function decline. Specifically, the team found that every one-point decrease in social activity corresponded to an increase in functional aging of 5 years, translating to a 40-percent higher risk of death and 65% higher risk of disability.
Dr Klatz remarks: The decline of motor function with aging is characterized by decreased muscle strength, coordination, and dexterity. It can lead to disabling falls and even death, thus motor function decline is a growing public health concern. This study suggests that social activity may protect against motor function decline and the negative health effects associated with it.
Life-Extending Benefits of Maintaining a Healthy Weight
People who are either underweight or extremely obese die earlier than people of normal weight. David Feeny, from Statistics Canada, and colleagues studied data on 11,326 Canadian residents for a 12-year period. They found that underweight people were at 70 percent more likely to die (as compared to people of normal weight), and the extremely obese were at 36 percent increased risk. Interestingly, carrying a few extra pounds was found to be protective against early death: modestly overweight subjects were 17 percent less likely to die an early death.
Dr. Goldman observes: This study demonstrates that good health is more than one’s Body Mass Index (BMI) or weight on a scale. Follow the anti-aging lifestyle, and choose a healthy lifestyle to enjoy better health. Make smart food choices, get daily physical exercise, manage stress and stay mentally active.
Markers of Inflammation Warn of Potentially Fatal Cardiovascular Risk
Elevated levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), fibrinogen and other inflammatory markers have moderate associations with the risk of coronary heart disease risk. Naveed Sattar, from the University of Glasgow, and colleagues find that inflammation is a critical marker of serious, potentially fatal cardiovascular disease. The team analyzed data from a study that involved 5,800 men and women, ages 70 to 82, who were at-risk for CVD. Elevated IL-6 emerged as the strongest predictor of the risk of fatal CVD, followed by higher levels of CRP and then by elevated baseline fibrinogen. Conclude the researchers: “Inflammatory markers, in particular IL-6 and CRP, are more strongly associated with risk of fatal vascular events than nonfatal vascular events. These novel observations may have important implications for better understanding aetiology of CVD mortality.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: This study suggests that inflammation may specifically promote the development of serious, potentially fatal cardiovascular disease. Indeed, it reinforces what anti-aging physicians have speculated more than a decade ago: CRP, IL-6 and fibrinogen can be considered as key and reliably predicative markers for CVD and should be aggressively monitored in patients at-risk for a fatal cardiovascular event. Once again, this study shows that anti-aging physicians are ahead of the curve in advocating the advancement of diagnostic protocols that enable the very earliest detection of 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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