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.

Two Studies Suggest Milk Drinkers Live Longer
Dairy and dairy products have been the subject of mixed findings relating to health benefits and risks associated with consumptions. Two newly published studies suggest that milk may actually promote longer life. In the first of the two studies, Peter Elwood, from Cardiff University and Ian Givens, from University of Reading, and colleagues studied findings from 324 studies of milk consumption as predictors of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and diabetes. Data on milk consumption and cancer were based on the recent World Cancer Research Fund report. The outcomes were then compared with current death rates from these diseases. The team found that drinking milk can lessen the chances of dying from illnesses such as CHD and stroke by up to 15-20 percent. Comments the researchers: “[T]here is strong evidence of an overall reduction in the risk of dying from these chronic diseases due to milk consumption,” stating further that they believe that increased milk consumption is likely to reduce healthcare costs s
ubstantially due to reduced chronic disease and associated morbidity. In the second of recent studies, researchers from Bristol University and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research studied data from the Carnegie (“Boyd Orr”) survey of diet and health in pre-war Britain. Tracking the lives and the dairy intake of 4,374 children between 1948 and 2005, the researchers found that 1,468 (34 percent) of them had died, and 378 of those deaths were caused by coronary heart disease and 121 were due to stroke. Not only did the study suggest that dairy rich diets in childhood do not contribute to heart problems later, the team found that higher childhood calcium intake was associated with lower stroke mortality. In addition, children who were in the group that had the highest calcium intake and dairy product consumption were found to have lower mortality rates than those in the lower intake groups. State the team: “Children whose family diet in the 1930s was high in calcium were at reduced risk of death from stro
ke. Furthermore, childhood diets rich in dairy or calcium were associated with lower all-cause mortality in adulthood.”

Dr. Klatz remarks: These two studies provide compelling evidence to suggest that consumption of dairy and dairy products may promote longevity. Further studies to identify whether saturated fats and cholesterol in dairy and dairy products offset the otherwise lowering of mortality found by these two research teams are warranted. Milk may prove to be one of the most basic, readily accessible, economical nutrients that provides a survival advantage in age.

Lasting Marriage Linked to Better Health
People who get married and stay married may enjoy better health than the perpetually single, but losing a spouse could take a significant health toll, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,100 Americans ages 50+ who took part in a national health survey in 1992, finding that middle-aged and older Americans who were currently married tended to give higher ratings to their health than their never-married counterparts. They also reported fewer depression symptoms and limits on their mobility. On the other hand, divorced or widowed adults fared worse than the never married on certain health measures – including the number of chronic health conditions reported. “Previously married people experience, on average, 20 percent more conditions and 23 percent more limitations,” observe the researchers.

Dr. Goldman observes: Stable, long-term companionship is fast becoming identified as a mechanism to augment one’s health. Each of us should take the time to nurture and promote lasting personal relationships.

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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