Dencember 13-19, 2013
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.
Anti-Aging Habits Help to Reduce Disability
Lois G. Kim, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom), and colleagues studied data collected from over 2500 British women, ages 60 to 79 years, who were surveyed on aspects of their lifestyle and health habits, as a part of the British Women’s Heart and Health Study. The study found that women who never exercised were nearly twice as likely to get arthritis, and were at double the risk of developing difficulties walking; as well, they were more likely to develop heart disease. Women who smoke currently or in the past also develop heart disease at more than twice the rate of those who had never smoked. The study authors observe that: “never smokers and regular exercisers had substantially reduced odds of 7-year disability onset.”
Dr. Klatz observes: “A number of aging-related conditions may originate with modifiable lifestyle choices and health behaviors. These UK researchers demonstrate that by exercising regularly and not smoking, older women improve their odds of aging with less disability, as compared to those who do not engage in such healthy habits.”
More Exercise, Fewer Falls
Fabienne El-Khoury, from Univ Paris-Sud (France), and colleagues assessed data collected during 17 clinical studies, involving 2195 older men and women, average age 77 years, who participated in exercise programs, along with 2110 people who did not. The researchers found that that the subjects who exercised were about 37% less likely to be injured during the fall, as compared to non-exercisers. The exercise participants were 61% less likely to have broken bones after falls, and 43% less likely to experience a fall severe enough to warrant a hospital visit. The study authors conclude that: “Exercise programmes designed to prevent falls in older adults also seem to prevent injuries caused by falls, including the most severe ones. Such programmes also reduce the rate of falls leading to medical care.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Falls among older adults are a serious yet common situation, and are a major cause of the loss of the ability to live independently. This study reveals that older men and women who exercise are less likely to fall; when they do, they are also less likely to have a serious injury.”
Tomato Compound for Blood Pressure Management
Xinli Li, from the Medical College of Soochow University (China), and colleagues completed a meta-analysis of data collected from six clinical trials involving lycopene supplementation and blood pressure. The team found that lycopene supplementation associated with an average reduction in systolic blood pressure of 5 mmHg. Further analysis suggested that lycopene may effectively lower systolic blood pressure in people who are pre-hypertensive. Effects were noted the dose-dependent, with greater supplementation of lycopene causing a greater reduction of systolic blood pressure.
Comments Dr. Klatz: “Elevated blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease, which is the #1 cause of death in the United States. An antioxidant compound found abundantly in tomatoes, lycopene is shown to significantly reduce blood pressure, among people with hypertension.”
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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