March 20-26, 2015

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 26,000 physician and scientist members from 120 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.

Behaviors to Beat Cancer
Nour Makarem, from New York University (New York, USA), and colleagues analyzed medical and dietary data collected on  2,983 men and women enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study. To ascertain the relationship between the cancer prevention recommendations and cancer incidence, the researchers created a seven-point score based on the recommendations for body fat, physical activity, foods that promote weight gain, plant foods, animal foods, alcohol consumption, and food preparation and processing. Whereas the overall score did not associate with obesity-related cancer risk, the team did observe that when score components were evaluated separately, two different measures emerged as strong predictors of cancer risk. Specifically, the adherence to alcohol recommendations – limiting alcoholic drinks to two for men and one for women a day – was protective against obesity-related cancers combined and against breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. In addition, among participants who consume starchy vegetables, eating sufficient non-starchy plant foods (fruits, vegetables, and legumes) was associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer.  The study authors conclude that: “Lower alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet consistent with the cancer prevention guidelines were associated with reduced risk of obesity-related cancers in this population.”

Dr. Klatz observes: “With an estimated one-third of all cancers may be attributable to excess body fat – including cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, reproductive organs, urinary tract, blood, bone, and thyroid, these findings suggest a potent role for healthy behaviors to offset a person’s risks of obesity-related cancers.”

Catch Better Balance
Alexander Aruin, from the University of Illinois/Chicago (Illinois, USA), and colleagues enrolled 9 healthy older adults in a study that assessed their ability to stand and catch a medicine ball. The team measured the electrical activity of leg and trunk muscles, to ascertain the capacity to generate anticipatory postural adjustments before and after the ball-catching efforts. The study authors write that: “The observed training-related improvements of [anticipatory postural adjustments suggest that [anticipatory postural adjustment-focused rehabilitation could be effective in improving postural control, functional balance, mobility, and quality of life in the elderly.”

Remarks Dr. Goldman: “As people age, they lose their anticipatory postural control – the ability to ready ourselves to maintain balance, and muscles are left unprepared, and we become less stable and more prone to falls. These researchers find that playing catch with a weighted medicine ball may help seniors to improve balance and prevent falls.”

Yoga Yields Cardiovascular & Metabolic Benefits
MG Myriam Hunink, from Erasmus Medical Center (The Netherlands), and colleagues completed systematic review and random-effects meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving asana-based yoga in adults.  Data analysis revealed that yoga significantly improved body mass index, blood pressure, LDL and HDL cholesterols, triglycerides, and heart rate.  The study authors submit that: “There is promising evidence of yoga on improving cardio-metabolic health.”

Comments Dr. Klatz: “Netherlands researchers report that the popular mind-body practice of yoga may produce beneficial changes in cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome risk factors.”

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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