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.
Cardiovascular Factors in Middle-Age Reduce Expectancy
While life expectancy depends on many factors, a research team in the United Kingdom has found that cardiovascular health plays a major contributing role. Robert Clarke, from University of Oxford, and colleagues studied data collected on 18,863 male civil service workers in London, England, ages 40 to 69 years at the study’s start, following them for a 38-year long study period. The team found that the men in the top 5 percent for overall cardiovascular risk score had a 15-year shorter life expectancy from age 50, as compared to those in the bottom 5 percent for risk. Three of the most important factors – smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – together reduced lifespan by 10 years for 50-year-old men. Conclude the researchers: “Baseline differences in risk factors were associated with 10 to 15 year shorter life expectancy from age 50.”
Dr. Klatz observes: This study demonstrates that risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in middle-age can slash lifespan by 10 or more years. Partner with your anti-aging physician or health practitioner to identify your cardiovascular risks and implement a suitable course of disease prevention.
Keep Mind Active to Reduce Dementia Risk
In that evidence continues to amass that involvement in leisure activities may reduce the risk of dementia, Tasnime Akbaraly, from INSERM (France), and colleagues studied 5,698 men and women, ages 65 and older, in an effort to elucidate the underlying mechanism of this association. During the four-year study period, the researchers found that mind-stimulating leisure time pursuits, such as doing crossword puzzles or playing cards, exerted a significant protective effect. In contrast, the team did not observe any protective effect from physical, passive or social leisure activities, such as walking, watching television or visiting with friends. The researchers conclude that: “Our findings support the hypothesis that cognitively stimulating leisure activities may delay the onset of dementia in community-dwelling elders.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: Once again, another study has found that seniors who engage in mind-stimulating activities slash their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Discuss ways to keep your mind active with your anti-aging physician or health practitioner today.
Low Vitamin D in Seniors Raises Death Risk
New studies suggest that Vitamin D deficiency may precipitate or worsen an array of medical conditions, including osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. Adit Ginde, from University of Colorado Denver, and colleagues evaluated serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels in 3,408 men and women, ages 65 and older, enrolled in the NHANES II (The Second National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey) study from 1988 to 1994, following them until 2000. The team found that those with low vitamin D levels (at or below 25 nanomoles) were three-times more likely to die from heart disease and 2.5-times more likely to die from any cause, as compared to those with optimal vitamin D status (defined as 100 nanomoles or higher). The team concludes that: “In [community residing] older adults, serum [vitamin D] levels had an independent, inverse association with [cardiovascular disease] and all-cause mortality,” and urges that “trials of vitamin D supplementation in older adults are warranted to determine whether this association is causal and reversible.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: This study provides large-scale data demonstrating that older men and women with insufficient levels of Vitamin D may be at increased risk of dying from heart disease. Be sure to discuss your health issues with an anti-aging physician or health practitioner, who may recommend a vitamin regimen suite for your medical needs.
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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