April 18-24, 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.

A Secret to Happiness
Amit Bhattacharjee, from Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, USA), and colleagues completed a series of eight studies, in which the researchers asked participants to recall, plan, or imagine happy experiences in an attempt to draw a distinction between experiences that are ordinary (common and frequent) versus extraordinary (uncommon and infrequent). The researchers were specifically interested in testing their theory that younger people will associate extraordinary experiences with greater happiness than ordinary experiences.  In one study, over 200 participants from across the United States and between the ages of 18 and 79 were asked to recall a recent extraordinary experience that made them happy. The researchers assigned the responses into 12 broad categories including spending time with others, life milestones, and travel. While responses from all age groups reported happiness in extraordinary experiences, study results indicated that happiness from ordinary experiences was more common in the older age demographic.

Dr. Klatz observes: “Studies in psychology and consumer research  suggest that, despite the penchant to acquire material possessions in an effort to increase one’s happiness, experiences can deliver even greater happiness.   These researchers report that age – and the perceived amount of time left in life – appears to impact the happiness that people enjoy.”

Exercise Helps to Lower Women’s Stroke Risk
Sophia Wang, from the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope (California, USA), and colleagues analyzed information from the 133,479 women in the California Teachers Study to see how many suffered a stroke between 1996 and 2010. Those who reported doing moderate physical activity in the three years before enrolling in the study were 20% less likely than women who reported no activity to suffer a stroke.  The lead author comments that:  “I was surprised that moderate physical activity was most strongly associated with a reduced risk of stroke.  More strenuous activity such as running didn’t further reduce women’s stroke risk. Moderate activity, such as brisk walking appeared to be ideal in this scenario.”

Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Exercising on a regular basis is associated with a broad range of health-improving benefits. Women who engage in moderate-intensity exercise on a regular basis may be at a lower stroke risk.”

Meditation Mitigates Work Stress
Sanford Nidich, from Maharishi University (Iowa, USA), and colleagues enrolled at a group of teachers and support staff working as school for children with behavioral problems, to practice 20 minutes of TM twice a day for four months. Starting stress levels among the participants had averaged 39 on a 40-point scale and fell 5 points by the end of the study period. In comparison, 20 school staffers who did not meditate started with stress levels around 37 on the same scale and those rose 2 points during the same period. Meditating participants also felt less depressed and less emotionally exhausted.  Observing that: “The Transcendental Meditation program was effective in reducing psychological distress in teachers and support staff working in a therapeutic school for students with behavioral problems. The study authors conclude that: “These findings have important implications for employees’ job performance as well as their mental and physical health.”

Comments Dr. Klatz: “A  technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness, Transcendental Meditation (TM) may help to prevent work-related stress and burnout.”

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. Visit the A4M’s World Health Network website, at www.worldhealth.net, to learn more about the A4M and its educational endeavors and to sign-up for your free subscription o Longevity Magazine™ e-Journal.

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