By Dr. 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 22,000 physician and scientist members from 105 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 commentary.
Influenza May Raise Risk of Heart Attack
In that influenza stresses the cardiovascular system, the chances of having a heart attack may increase in those with the flu. Andrew C. Hayward, from UCL Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Royal Free Hospital (London, UK), and colleagues completed a meta-analysis of data from 39 randomized controlled trials conducted between 1932 and 2008. The researchers found that the studies showed an increase in deaths from heart disease and more heart attacks during influenza season, with excess deaths as a result of heart disease averaging 35 to 50 percent.
Dr. Klatz observes: Reduce your chances of contracting the flu by practicing good hygiene habits, including frequent and thorough hand-washing.
Prevent Second Stroke to Ward Off Alzheimer’s
Sarah Pendlebury, from John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford, UK), and colleagues analyzed 30 previously completed studies involving 7,511 people and published between 1950 and mid-year 2009. Reporting that “Ten percent of patients had dementia before first stroke, 10 percent developed new dementia soon after first stroke and more than a third had dementia after recurrent stroke,” the researchers comment that “first, there is a clear relationship between having multiple strokes and the risk of dementia; and secondly, the data suggest that the presence of complications after stroke [which may include high blood pressure, low oxygen saturation, cardiac events and seizures] also increase the risk of developing dementia.”
Remarks Dr. Goldman: In those individuals who have suffered a stroke, prevention of a second incident becomes paramount to reducing the person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Physicians must encourage aggressive monitoring and engage risk reduction efforts.
Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Risk of Death
Richard D. Semba, from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland, US), and colleagues studied data from 13,331 men and women participating in NHANES III (The Third National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey), to ascertain the role of vitamin D levels (serum 25(OH)D) as contributors to risks of death. The researchers found that women with blood levels of the vitamin lower than 15.3 nanograms per milliliter were more likely to die from causes such as heart disease and cancer, as compared to women with higher levels (above 27 ng/ml). The team observes that: “Older community-dwelling women with low [vitamin D] levels are at an increased risk of death.” The team notes that several biologic mechanisms could explain a causal relationship between vitamin D deficiency and mortality, because the active form of vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D) is associated with controlling inflammatory compounds, regulating immune health and blood pressure and reducing arterial hardening.
Comments Dr. Klatz: This study of senior women shows that low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of dying from all causes by 150 percent. As such, it offers sound evidence to encourage increased daily intakes of Vitamin D, either via dietary sources or supplementation.
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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