May 9-15, 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.

Heart Markers Improve with Strawberries
Jose M. Alvarez-Suarez, from the Universita Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), and colleagues enrolled 23 healthy men and women, in a month-long study during which the subjects were asked to consume 500 grams (1.1 pounds) of strawberries added to their daily diets.  The team took blood samples at the study’s start and end, to assess biomarkers of heart health.  The total amount of cholesterol, the levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, “bad” cholesterol) and the quantity of triglycerides fell to 8.78%, 13.72% and 20.8% respectively.  Eating strawberries also improved other parameters such as the general plasma lipid profile, antioxidant biomarkers (such as vitamin C or oxygen radical absorbance capacity), antihemolytic defences and platelet function.   Reporting that: “Strawberries consumption improves plasma lipids profile, biomarkers of antioxidant status,” the study authors encourage “further evaluation on a population with higher cardiovascular disease risk.”

Dr. Klatz observes: “Abundant in essential nutrients and phytochemicals – most notably antioxidant compounds, strawberries are a fruit for which previous studies have suggested a variety of health-improving effects.  Italian researchers find that generous daily consumption of strawberries helps to reduce total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and triglycerides.”

Control COPD Risks with a Daily Walk
Cristobal Esteban, from Bilbao Hospital (Spain), and colleagues enrolled 543 COPD patients for whom their exercise levels were calculated based on the distance they walked during the course of a week.  The resulting information was compared to hospitalization data taken from the database of the hospital. The data revealed that COPD patients who maintained moderate or high levels of exercise over time, which may amount to low intensity activities such as walking for at least three to six kilometers per day, could reduce the likelihood of being hospitalized by severe symptoms.  In contrast, patients who maintained a low level of exercise or reduced their exercise over time were more likely to experience a significant increase in the rate of hospitalization with exacerbated symptoms.  The study authors submit that: “Changes to a higher level of [physical activity] or maintaining a moderate or high level of [physical activity] over time, with a low intensity activity such as walking for at least 3-6?km/day, could reduce the rate of hospitalizations for COPD.”

Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)  refers to the conditions of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and causes breathing difficulties due to long-term lung damage. These Spanish researchers submit that COPD-related hospitalization may be reduced by a walk of as little as 3 km (1.86 miles) each day.”

Common Infections May Raise Risks of Cognitive Decline    
Clinton Wright, from the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami (Florida, USA), and  colleagues report that past exposures to infectious agents such as Chlamydia pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 may adversely affect performance on tests of memory, speed of mental processing, abstract thinking, planning and reasoning ability. The study authors speculate that exposure to these infections may be associated as well with an increase in stroke risk, as well as an increase in atherosclerosis and inflammation.

Comments Dr. Klatz: “Previously, a number of studies link certain infections to an increased risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.  This team reports that even if it didn’t trigger symptoms, exposure to common infections may prompt declines in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills.”

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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