September 6-12, 2013
By Dr. Ronald Klatz & 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 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.
Society-Wide Benefits of Anti-Aging Medicine
David Cutler, from Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected between 1991 and 2009 from nearly 90,000 individuals who responded to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), allowing researchers to link survey responses to participants’ Medicare records for the rest of their life – effectively enabling a determination as to exactly how far participants were from death when they answered the survey. “With the exception of the year or two just before death, people are healthier than they used to be,” observes the lead investigator, elaborating that: “Effectively, the period of time in which we’re in poor health is being compressed until just before the end of life. So where we used to see people who are very, very sick for the final six or seven years of their life, that’s now far less common. People are living to older ages and we are adding healthy years, not debilitated ones. …People are much better educated about their health now.”
Dr. Klatz observes: “Finding that a steady rise in life expectancy over the past two decades is accompanied by prolonged health in later life, these researchers affirm the basic principles of the anti-aging medical model.”
Sedentary Lifestyle Raises Stroke Risks
Analyzing data collected in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study involving 30,239 Americans, ages 45 years and over, with follow-up every 6 months for stroke events. Michelle N. McDonnell, from the University of South Australia (Australia), and colleagues found that 33% of the subjects reported a lack of physical activity, which associated with a hazard ratio of 1.2. While there was no significant association between physical activity frequency and risk of stroke by sex groups, there was a trend toward increased risk for men reporting physical activity of zero to 3-times a week, as compared with those who were active four or more-times a week. The study authors warn that: “Self-reported low [physical activity] frequency is associated with increased risk of incident stroke.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Reporting that people who consider themselves physically inactive are at increased risk of stroke, these Australian researchers confirm the importance of regular physical activity for stroke prevention.”
Employment Confers Health
Analyzing data collected on 3,141 premenopausal Korean women and 2,115 postmenopausal women, researchers from South Korea observe that employed postmenopausal women were about 34% less likely to have Metabolic Syndrome – a condition that is characterized by central obesity, hypertension, and associated with increased risk of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as compared to unemployed women of the same age. Writing that: “Employment seems to be significantly related to a lower prevalence of [Metabolic Syndrome] in postmenopausal women” the study authors call for “Further research is warranted to clarify the menopause-specific relationship between employment status and [Metabolic Syndrome] risk.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: “Previous studies suggest that people who work tend to do financially better and are more physically active, and that may influence their risk of Metabolic Syndrome. This team finds that postmenopausal women who work tend be in better health than their unemployed counterparts.”
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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