May 25-31, 2012

By Dr Robert Goldman

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 24,000 physician and scientist members from 110 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 optimise the human aging process. Dr Robert Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., D.O., FAASP, A4M Chairman, and Dr Ronald Klatz, M.D., D.O., A4M President, physician co-founders of the anti-aging medical movement, distil these headlines and provide their commentary.

Mental Wellbeing Linked to Physical Health
The United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that adults who report a history of mental illness, serious mental illness, or major depressive episode within the previous year were also more likely than those without mental illness to report a diagnosis of a chronic health condition. Those with a serious mental illness were more likely to have high blood pressure, asthma, and stroke, and individuals with any of the conditions more frequently visited the emergency department or required hospitalization than individuals without self-reported mental illness. The study authors conclude that: “These results suggest a greater need for (1) screening for and treating these physical conditions among persons with mental illnesses; (2) screening for and treating mental illnesses among persons with these physical conditions; and (3) promoting programs that integrate mental health screening, intervention, and treatment with primary care … into specialty mental healthcare.”

Dr Klatz observes: People with a history of mental illness are more likely to also have a chronic health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes. This finding is a testimonial to the importance of a comprehensive approach to maintaining health and wellbeing.


Smart Strategy to Shed Pounds
In that little is known about weight control strategies associated with successful weight loss among obese American adults, a team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Massachusetts, US) studied data collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2006, involving 4,021 obese adults. Jacinda Nicklas and colleagues found that of the 63% of study participants who reported trying to lose weight the previous year, 40% lost at least 5% of their body weight, and 20% loss at least 10%. significantly associated with losing at least 10% of body weight, were: eating less fat, exercising more, and joining a commercial weight-loss program. Using prescription weight-loss drugs, as well as liquid diets, over-the-counter diet pills, and fad diets resulted in nominal weight loss.

Remarks Dr Goldman: Reporting that exercise, group support, and healthy diet are key elements of a successful weight loss program, these researchers reaffirm the importance of maintaining a committed and positive approach to weight management.

Nuts Improve Markers of Chronic Disease
Walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts and pistachios are types of tree nuts, for which a number of previous studies have suggested a variety of health benefits. Carol O’Neil, from Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, and colleagues reviewed data collected on 13,292 men and women, ages 19 years and up, participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) 1999 – 2004. The team surveyed subjects for on dietary intake – including tree nuts, and correlated the data against factors involved in chronic diseases. Tree nut consumers had lower body weight, as well as lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared to nonconsumers. The mean weight, BMI, and waist circumference were 4.19 pounds, 0.9kg/m2 and 0.83 inches lower in consumers, as compared to non-consumers. Further, tree nut consumption was associated with a 5% lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome, as well as a lower prevalence of four risk factors for metabolic syndrome: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high fasting glucose (blood sugar) levels and low high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels.

Comments Dr Klatz: Finding that consumption of walnuts and other tree nuts may help to lower body weight and body mass index, while improving cholesterol levels and markers of inflammation, this team adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting a functional health role for these widely-available protein sources.

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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