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.
Multivitamins May Reduce Heart Disease Deaths
Long-term regular consumption of a multivitamin has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease death by 16 percent. Gaia Pocobelli, from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington, and colleagues analyzed data from 77,719 residents of Washington state, ages 50 to 76, collected via survey questionnaires. The data showed that the use of a multivitamin decreased risk of death from heart disease by 16 percent. Further, Vitamin E supplementation was found to slash heart disease death by 28 percent.
Dr. Klatz observes: Regular multivitamin use is a key part of an overall healthy, anti-aging lifestyle. This study reaffirms the life-saving benefits of a daily multivitamin to supplement a balanced diet.
Intelligence a Factor in Cardiovascular Deaths
In that poor health-related choices, such as smoking, physical inactivity, and eating a high-fat diet, contribute to heart disease, it is generally agreed that such choices do not fully account for the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). G. David Batty, from Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, and colleagues studied the role of intelligence, measured as IQ, which is strongly related to socioeconomic status. The researchers analyzed data on 4,289 former US soldiers, and found that IQ accounted for more than 20 percent of the difference in heart disease and stroke deaths between people of high and low socioeconomic status. They report that: “IQ appeared to offer greater explanatory power than that apparent for traditional CVD risk factors.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: These study findings urge initiatives to raise living standards and education for the economically disadvantaged, which could potentially make a difference in health and well-being later in life.
In Women, Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Hypertension
In women, a healthy lifestyle and diet could prevent new-onset hypertension. Veronique L. Roger, from the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues studied 116,000 nurses for a 20-year period. Six specific behaviours – namely, maintained a normal weight, exercised daily, consumed a low sodium diet, drank alcohol in moderation, used analgesics infrequently and took folic acid supplements – accounted for a 78-percent reduction in risk for hypertension.
Comments Dr. Klatz: Hypertension is one of the biggest contributors to preventable death in the US among women. This study is important because it shows a direct causal benefit that women can gain when engaging in a healthy lifestyle, the tenets of which are major hallmarks of the anti-aging lifestyle.
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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