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.
“No End in Sight” for Living to 100
A data briefing by John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Kings Fund (United Kingdom), brings attention to the rising amount of those expected to live to 100 and asks where it will end. According to the UK Office of National Statistics there seems to be “no end in sight” as far as the number of UK citizens reaching 100 years old is concerned. Approximately 13% of girls born in 1951 are expected to reach this milestone, increasing to 40% for girls born this year and a predicted 60% of those born in 2060. Appleby attributes similar worldwide trends to the fact that people are dying at older ages. Deaths in children under five have fallen by 60% since 1970, and surviving early childhood makes it easier to live a much longer life. The analysis also reveals that gains in life expectancy have more to do with reductions in deaths than reductions in years lived in disability. While life expectancy for women has risen 4.6% since 1990, healthy life expectancy has risen by only 3%.
Dr. Klatz observes:”Worldwide, people are dying at older ages and early childhood survival rates have risen dramatically. These demographic trends are indicative of the tangible contributions of the advance preventative health medical model – ie anti-aging medicine – in life extension.”
Big Health Gains from Small Steps
Paul Loprinzi, from Oregon State University (Oregon, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 6,321 participants, ranging in age from 18 to 85 years, in the NHANES 2003-2006 study. The researchers found that 43% of those who participated in the “short bouts” of exercise met physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes day. In comparison, less than 10% of those in the longer exercise bouts met those federal guidelines for exercise. The study data showed those in the shorter exercise group who met physical activity guidelines had an 89% chance of not having metabolic syndrome, compared to 87% for those meeting guidelines using the structured exercise approach.The study authors conclude that: “Engaging in [small amounts of activity], as opposed to bouts of [structured exercise], is just as strongly associated with several biologic health outcomes, suggesting that adults who perceive themselves as having little time to exercise may still be able to enhance their health by adopting an active lifestyle approach.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: “An active lifestyle approach, as compared to structured exercise, may be just as beneficial in improving health outcomes, including preventing metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Small amounts of activity – 1 or 2-minutes at a time that add up to 30 minutes a day – may be as beneficial as longer bouts of structured exercise.”
Berries Boost Heart Health
Eric Rimm, from Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected among g93,600 women, ages 25 to 42 years, enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for 18 years. During the study, 405 heart attacks occurred. Women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32% reduction in their risk of heart attack, compared to women who ate the berries once a month or less – even in women who otherwise ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. The study authors conclude that: “A high intake of anthocyanins may reduce [heart attack] risk in predominantly young women.”
Comments Dr. Klatz: “Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of naturally occurring compounds called dietary flavonoids – and, specifically the subclass of anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque, and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Women who eat three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may reduce their risk of heart attack by as much as one-third.”
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.
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