Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2014
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.
Apple A Day May Keep Heart Problems Away
Adam Briggs, from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and colleagues utilized a mathematical model to analyze the effect of prescribing either of statins data does not already taking one, or an apple a day to everyone ages 50 years and over, on the most common causes of vascular mortality. The resulting data that suggested that offering a daily statin to 17.6 million more adults would reduce the annual number of vascular deaths by 9,400, but offering a daily apple to 70% of the total UK population aged over 50 years (22 million people) would avert 8,500 vascular deaths. Further, the diet-based intervention of an apple a day of diverted the side effects of statins prescriptions, which can include muscle disease (myopathy) and diabetes. Writing that: “Both nutritional and pharmaceutical approaches to the prevention of vascular disease may have the potential to reduce UK mortality significantly,” the study authors conclude that: “a 150 year old health promotion message is able to match modern medicine and is likely to have fewer side effects.”
Dr. Klatz observes: “ Adults ages 50 years and older may benefit from eating an apple a day, to the extent of exerting an equivalent effect to statins for cardiovascular disease. Researchers from the United Kingdom suggest that recommending an apple a day to all adults ages 50 years and over may prevent or delay approximately 8,500 deaths due to heart attacks and strokes every year, in the United Kingdom alone. Further, the scientists submit that the protective effect of a daily apple may be equivalent to giving statins to everyone over 50 years who is not already taking them.
Brain Fitness On the Rise
Jocelyne de Rotrou, from Hopital Broca (France), and colleagues assessed the thinking and memory skills of 204 elderly French men and women selected from the memory clinic of a Paris hospital between 1991 and 1997. They compared their test scores to those from 177 similar people tested at the same clinic in 2008 and 2009. None of the participants had dementia at the time. Participants less than 80 years of age performed better on the cognitive tests than older participants during both study periods. Interestingly, the researchers found that the 2000s group as a whole also did better than the 1990s group. Participants tested more recently scored higher on the testing, with the differences consistent across almost every component of the tests. Writing that: “This study showed a significant increase of cognitive scores over time,” the study authors submit that: “contemporary octogenarians in the later sample performed like septuagenarians in the former sample. These findings might be consistent with the increase in life expectancy and life span in good health.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: “The general health of older men and women is improving – thanks in large part to anti-aging approaches that help to extend the healthspan. French researchers find that today’s older men and women may be more mentally nimble than their counterparts were a decade or two ago.”
Consistent Sleep Habits Promote Healthier Weight
Bruce W. Bailey, from Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), and colleagues enrolled 330 university-aged women, in a study to ascertain sleep patterns and their effect on weight. At the study’s start, the subjects were first assessed for body composition and given an activity tracker to record their movements during the day and the sleep patterns at night. The researchers tracked sleep patterns of the subjects for one week. The team found that those subjects who went to bed and woke up at, or around the same time each day, had lower body fat. Those with more than 90 minutes of variation in sleep and wake time during the week had higher body fat, as compared to those with less than 60 minutes of variation. Specifically, wake time was most particularly linked to body fat. Those who woke up at the same time each morning had lower body fat. Observing that: “Inconsistent sleep patterns and poor sleep efficiency are related to adiposity,” the study authors conclude that: “Consistent sleep patterns that include sufficient sleep may be important in modifying risk of excess body fat in young adult women.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: “Establishing and maintaining a pattern of going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day has been shown by previous studies to beneficially impact patterns of hormones, food consumption, and physical activity. This team confirms such a routine, reporting that women who go to sleep and wake up at same time every day have lower body fat.”
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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