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
Balanced Ratio of Magnesium and Calcium Key to Anti-Cancer Benefits
Previous studies have reported that high magnesium and calcium levels are linked to reduced risks of colorectal cancer. Qi Dai, from Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), and colleagues have found that the risk of colorectal cancer was reduced by 32 percent among those with baseline calcium to magnesium ratio below the median, whereas no reduction in risk was noticed for those above the median. The team suggests that maintaining a low ratio of magnesium and calcium may be key to warding off colorectal cancer.
Dr. Klatz observes: This study is interesting in that it demonstrates how dietary factors may affect the risk of cancer. In this case, “more is better” may not hold true, as the optimal nutritional supplementation to prevent colorectal cancer may be a carefully monitored, balanced ratio.
Aspirin Lowers PSA Levels
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is an important marker for the diagnosis of prostate cancer. Jay H. Fowke, from Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), and colleagues analyzed data from 1,277 men participating in the Nashville Men’s Health Study. Approximately 46 percent of the men were taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. After adjusting for a number of variables that may affect prostate cancer risk, the team found that those men taking aspirin (37 percent of the study subjects) had PSA levels 9-percent lower than men who did not use aspirin. The team also found that aspirin did not change prostate volume, and thus suggest that aspirin has “a beneficial effect on cancer development.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: 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.
Research Initiative Explores Nutritional Compounds to Combat Aging-Related Diseases
A consortium of Scottish researchers, from The University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, Macaulay Institute, Moredun Research Institute, Scottish Agricultural College and the Scottish Crop Research Institute, have received a £60-million grant to research nutritional compounds and their effect on various diseases. The list of topics include bioactive compounds in blackcurrants to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease, a tomato extract to reduce heart disease, as well as other nutritional compounds to manage weight, reduce food-borne illnesses and more. The goal is to develop healthy and sustainable food choices that benefit the health of Scottish residents as well as boost the economic growth of the nation.
Comments Dr. Klatz: The health of a country’s population does indeed translate to the nation’s economic health. This study is strong affirmation that nations now are beginning to realize that individual wellness is interconnected to societal health, and it is encouraging that nutritional approaches are being incorporated into long-term healthcare planning.
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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