By Robert Goldman
For The Bali Times
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 20,000 physician and scientist members from 90 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, A4M president, and Dr. Robert Goldman, A4M chairman, physician co-founders of the anti-aging medical movement, distill these headlines and provide their commentary
Study Reveals Secrets of Exceptional Health in Old Age
In the first study of its kind, Mark Kaplan, from Portland State University, and colleagues utilized the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI3), a multidimensional measure of health status, to examine the maintenance of exceptionally good health among 2,432 elder Canadians enrolled in the Canadian National Population Health Survey, which tracked participants’ health for a 10-year period, 1994 to 2004. The researchers found that the most important predictors of excellent health over the entire decade were: absence of chronic illness, income over US$30,000, having never smoked, and drinking alcohol in moderation. In addition, maintaining a positive outlook and managing stress levels were positive contributors to health in age. The team comments that: “Many of these factors can be modified when you are young or middle-aged. While these findings may seem like common sense, now we have evidence of which factors contribute to exceptional health [as we age].”
Dr Klatz remarks: This study is the latest to validate the anti-aging lifestyle, to both extend lifespan as well as prolong healthspan. The physician members of the A4M submit that healthy lifestyle choices can bridge our longevity sufficiently such that next-generation biomedical technologies can be effectively implemented and further lengthen the healthy human lifespan by 30+ years.
Strength Training Eases Knee Arthritis
Age-related osteoarthritis of the knee results is a progressive condition that breaks down the joint cartilage. In a review of 18 studies involving 2,832 men and women, ages 55 to 74 years, with osteoarthritis of the knee, Angela Lange, from the University of Sydney, and colleagues, found that resistance training improves leg muscle weakness resulting from knee osteoarthritis. In 56 percent of the studies the team reviewed, the study subjects who participated in resistance training reported improvements in pain measures, muscle strength, and mobility. Further, in up to 75 percent of the studies, the team identified clinically significant improvements in physical function and strength in the group engaged in regular resistance training. “Resistance training is quite an effective and safe form of exercise for people with osteoarthritis,” comment the study authors.
Dr. Goldman observes: Worldwide, knee osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of disability, causing dependency and costing millions of dollars in direct medical costs and indirect costs of lost worker productivity. This study is significant in that it identifies a primary interventive role for strength training to defray the onset, as well as offset the severity, of the condition.
Statins Affect Key Marker of Prostate Cancer
A number of studies have addressed the association of the use of cholesterol-lowering statins with the risk of prostate cancer, and new data now suggest that statins modestly reduce levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Stephen Freedland, of Duke University School of Medicine (North Carolina), and colleagues studied 1,214 men at a veteran’s medical center and found that those who began taking statins had a 4-percent lower PSA (as compared to those who did not take the drug) The team urges physicians with male patients who are at-risk for prostate cancer and taking statin drugs to proceed with caution, because it is unclear whether statins cut the risk of developing the prostate cancer, or if instead the drug obscures the evidence of the disease by artificially lowering PSA.
Comments Dr. Klatz: Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in men worldwide, with 780,000 men diagnosed each year. It also results in 250,000 deaths globally, making prostate cancer the sixth most deadly form of cancer. Men should see their anti-aging physician to get routine screenings and laboratory testing, which can promote very early detection, a prudent course of action for all men in their 40s and up.
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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