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.
Never Too Late to Start Exercising
Mark Hamer. From the University College London (United Kingdom), and colleagues assessed data collected on 3454 healthy senior men and women, enrolled in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Subjects reported how much they exercise the start of the study, with researchers following them via regular health surveys for the next eight years. At follow-up, 90% of the subjects were considered to be healthy agers gas they did not develop any major chronic diseases have not experienced deterioration of their physical or mental status during the study period. The men and women who are active at least once a week at the study’s start and remained active were the most likely to age healthily. Additionally, those who started exercising during the study period enjoy health benefits as well: they were three-times more likely than inactive adults to age well. Overall, men and women who remain active during the full eight years of the study were over seven times more likely to be aging well. Observing that: “Sustained physical activity in older age is associated with improved overall health,” the study authors conclude that: “Significant health benefits were even seen among participants who became physically active relatively late in life.”
Dr. Klatz observes: “Numerous previous studies report that regular physical activity is associated with improved overall health, and mid-life exercise is a key anti-aging component British team confirms that regular physical activity commencing in later life can still slow mental and physical declines.”
A Fit Investment
A cross-sectional study involving 1,000 elderly Japanese men and women reports that exercising in middle age is a protective factor against sarcopenia (age-related muscle weakness), and effective in maintaining muscle strength and physical performance as one ages. Among the study subjects, who were enrolled in the Research on Osteoarthritis/Osteoporosis Against Disability (ROAD) Study, the Tokyo University investigators observed that sarcopenia was prevalent in 13.8% of men and 12.4% in the women, and tended to be significantly higher with increasing age in both sexes. Exercise in middle age correlated with a lower prevalence of sarcopenia in older age, and was significantly associated with grip strength, gait speed, and one-leg standing time. The study authors report that: “This cross-sectional study suggests that exercise habit in middle age is a protective factor against sarcopenia in older age and effective in maintaining muscle strength and physical performance in older age.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: “Japanese researchers report that regular exercise in middle age protects against muscle weakness, later in life.”
Increase Fiber to Decrease Heart Disease Risk
Victoria J Burley, from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom), and colleagues completed a study of data contained in six electronic databases from the US, Europe, Japan and Australia, compiled on healthy subjects and concerning dietary fiber intake. The data revealed that the likelihood of a cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease event steadily lowers with increasing intake of total, insoluble, fruit and vegetable fiber. For soluble fiber, a higher reduction was seen in cardiovascular disease risk than coronary heart disease risk; for cereal fiber, the reduced risk of coronary heart disease was stronger than the association with cardiovascular disease. Notably, a significantly lower risk of both cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease was observed with every additional 7g per day of fiber consumed. Writing that: “Greater dietary [fiber] intake is associated with a lower risk of both cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.,” the study authors submit that: “Findings are aligned with general recommendations to increase [fiber] intake.
Comments Dr. Klatz: “While the incidence of cardiovascular disease has been declining in the United States and many European nations, it still accounts for nearly half of all deaths in those nations. Similarly, coronary heart disease remains responsible for one-third of all deaths in the US and Europe. This British study suggests that as little as 1 extra portion of wholegrains plus more fruit and vegetables may lower a person’s risk of heart disease.”
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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