May 16-21, 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.

Valuable Veggies
Yoko Yokoyama, from the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (Japan), and colleagues completed a meta-analysis of seven clinical trials and 32 studies, involving a total of nearly 22,000 subjects.  For the trials, the researchers observed that eating a vegetarian diet reduced both the mean systolic, and diastolic, pressures, as compared to subjects who ate meat as well.   Lower average systolic and diastolic pressures were observed among vegetarians in the studies, as compared to those who ate omnivorous diets.  Reporting that: “Consumption of vegetarian diets is associated with lower [blood pressure],” the study authors submit that: “Such diets could be a useful nonpharmacologic means for reducing [blood pressure].”

Dr. Klatz observes: “High blood pressure (hypertension) contributes to a person’s risk of life-threatening medical conditions – most notably, heart disease and stroke.  Researchers from Japan report that people who consume a vegetarian diet have lower blood pressure, as compared to people who eat an omnivorous (includes meats) diet.”

Feed Your Muscles
Paul Jacques, from Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues report that sarcopenia may be successful addressed by sufficient consumption of quality dietary protein, combined with a regimen of physical activity (aerobic exercise, as well as resistance training).  Sources of quality protein include dairy products (skim milk and lowfat yogurt), and eggs.

Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Sarcopenia is the decline in muscle strength associated with aging.  This data confirms other published evidence that sufficient consumption of quality dietary protein can address aging-related muscle loss.”

Vinegar Vexes Bacteria    
Claudia Cortesia, from the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Investigation (Venezuela), and colleagues have discovered that acetic acid, the active ingredient in vinegar, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Observing that: “Currently used mycobactericidal disinfectants can be toxic, unstable, and expensive,” the study authors report that:  “We fortuitously found that acetic acid kills mycobacteria and then showed that it is an effective mycobactericidal agent, even against the very resistant, clinically important Mycobacterium abscessus complex. Vinegar has been used for thousands of years as a common disinfectant, and if it can kill mycobacteria, the most disinfectant-resistant bacteria, it may prove to be a broadly effective, economical biocide with potential usefulness in health care settings and laboratories, especially in resource-poor countries.”

Comments Dr. Klatz: “Mycobacterium are a type of germ, pathogens that are capable of causing serious diseases in mammals.  The most notable kind of mycobacterium is Mycobacterium tuberculosis – which causes tuberculosis (TB), and has become highly drug-resistant.   As well, non-TB mycobacteria are common in the environment, even in tap water, and are resistant to commonly used disinfectants. When they contaminate the sites of surgery or cosmetic procedures, they cause serious infections. Innately resistant to most antibiotics, they require months of therapy and can leave deforming scars.   Venezuelan researchers report that acetic acid, the active ingredient in vinegar, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even the kind that causes tuberculosis.”

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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