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.
Mind Over Matter
A team of French researchers explored whether individuals who report that stress adversely affects their health are at increased risk for physical ailment, specifically – coronary heart disease (CHD). Hermann Nabi, from INSERM (France), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 7268 men and women, mean age 49.5 years, enrolled in the Whitehall II prospective cohort study, a study involving civil servants between ages 35 to 55 in 20 London-based government departments. Over 18 years of follow-up, there were 352 coronary deaths or first non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) events. After adjustment for sociodemographic characteristics, participants who reported at baseline that stress has affected their health ‘a lot or extremely’ had a 2.12 times higher risk of coronary death or incident non-fatal MI, as compared to those who didn’t believe stress was affecting their health. The study authors conclude that: “the perception that stress affects health, different from perceived stress levels, was associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.”
Dr. Klatz observes: “In that the response to stress can vary greatly between individuals, these researchers have found that people who believe stress adversely affects their health may be at increased risk of a cardiac event.”
Big Benefits of Bicycling
Researchers from Imperial College (United Kingdom) examined the modes and duration of travel to work in rural and urban India and associations between active travel and overweight, hypertension, and diabetes. Finding that: “Walking and bicycling to work was associated with reduced cardiovascular risk in the Indian population,” and encourage: “Efforts to increase active travel in urban areas and halt declines in rural areas should be integral to strategies to maintain healthy weight and prevent [noncommunicable diseases].”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Public health experts embrace the notion of increasing modes of “active travel” – namely, walking, bicycling, and public transport, to increase physical activity and reduce the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) globally. As a form of commuting, bicycling has positive effects on weight, and parameters of cardiovascular health. Indeed, commuting to and from work via bicycling is gaining popularity in streets around the world.”
Fruit & Veggie Shortfall Shortens Lifespan
Scientists from the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) analyzed data collected on 71,706 participants (38,221 men and 33,485 women), ages 45-83 years. The team surveyed the subjects about their diets, reporting the consumption patterns of fruits – including oranges, apples, bananas and berries – and vegetables, such as carrots, beets, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and pea soup. Of those who had reported eating no fruit or vegetables at the start of the study, the researchers observed these subjects were 53% more likely to die during the 13-year follow-up period, as compared to those who consumed five daily servings. Further, the investigators found that participants who ate at least one serving of fruit daily lived 19 months longer than those who never ate fruit, on average. And those who ate at least three servings of vegetables per day lived 32 months longer than people who reported not eating vegetables. The study authors conclude that: “[Fruit and vegetable] consumption [less than] 5 servings [daily] is associated with progressively shorter survival and higher mortality rates.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: “In that few large-scale studies have assessed the effects of eating fruit and vegetables on the risks of dying early, these Swedish researchers report that eating fewer than five servings of fruit and vegetables each day may raise a person’s risks of dying prematurely.”
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 health care 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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