November 2-8, 2012
By Dr Robert Goldman & Dr Ronald Klatz
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 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 insightful commentary.
Antioxidant Foods Boost Women’s Heart Health
Alicja Wolk, from the Karolinska Institute (Sweden), and colleagues studied 32,561 Swedish women, ages 49 to 83 years, who were free of cardiovascular disease at the study’s start, and followed them for a ten-year period. The participants were surveyed for diet habits, and dietary total antioxidant capacity was calculated using oxygen radical absorbance capacity values. National hospital registries were utilized to track incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack). During the follow-up period, 1114 cases of myocardial infarction occurred. The team calculated that the women with the highest quintile of dietary total antioxidant capacity (7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day) were at 20% lower risk of heart attack, as compared to those who were in the lowest quintile (2.4 servings of fruits and vegetables per day). The study authors conclude that: “These data suggest that dietary total antioxidant capacity, based on fruits, vegetables, coffee, and whole grains, is of importance in the prevention of myocardial infarction.”
Dr. Klatz observes: “The dietary total antioxidant capacity is a measure of all antioxidants present – including thousands of compounds present in the usual diet, factoring in possible synergistic effects. Reporting that a diet rich antioxidant vitamins helps to reduce the risk of heart attacks, in women, these researchers reaffirm the cardiovascular benefits of fruits and vegetables.”
Exercise Boosts Mental Well-Being
Karin Monshouwer, from the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction (The Netherlands), and colleagues investigated the psychological mechanisms underlying this Association. The researchers surveyed over 7000 Dutch students, ages 11 to 16 years, who were surveyed for physical activity, mental health issues, bodyweight perception, and participation in organized sports. The team found that adolescents who were physically inactive or who perceived their bodies as either “too fat” or “too thin” were at greater risk for both internalizing problems (such as depression and anxiety) and externalizing problems (such as aggression and substance abuse). Adolescents who participated in organized sports were at lower risk for mental health problems. The study authors write that: “This study found some support for the self-image and social interaction hypotheses and thereby confirms the importance of the psychological and sociological aspects of physical activity.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Daily physical activity can boost a person’s mental health, via the psychological mechanisms known as the self-image hypothesis and the social interaction hypothesis. Finding that adolescents who engage in more physical activity generally experience fewer mental health problems, this data may be extrapolated to reaffirm the life-improving physical and mental benefits of exercise.”
Sesame Plus Rice Bran Oils Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
Devarajan Sankar, from University Chikushi Hospital (Japan), and colleagues studied 300 people, average age 57 years, with mild to moderately high blood pressure, for 60 days. Subjects were divided into three groups: one group was treated with a calcium-channel blocker medication; the second group used a blend of sesame and rice bran oils daily – 1 ounce as part of their meals; the third group received both the medications and the oil blend. Subjects using the oil blend saw an average drop in systolic blood pressure of 14 points, and those using both the oil and medication saw a 36 point reduction (systolic blood pressure dropped 16 points in those subjects on medication only). Diastolic blood pressure also dropped significantly, with an 11 point drop among participants consuming the oil and 24 for those using both the oil and medication (diastolic blood pressure dropped 12 points in those subjects on medication only).
Devarajan Sankar, et al. “Sesame and rice bran oil lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol”
Comments Dr. Klatz: “Low in saturated fat, a combination of sesame and rice brain oils reduces blood pressure almost as well as prescription medication. Combined with previous findings that both sesame and rice brain oils improve cholesterol levels, these data confirm important cardiovascular benefits of these oils commonly used in Asian cuisine.”
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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