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Mediterranean Diet Slows the Development of Frailty in the Elderly

Mediterranean Diet Slows the Development of Frailty in the Elderly

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, provides more evidence that following what is called the Mediterranean diet may slow aging. Eating mostly plant-based foods  such as whole grains, legumes, nuts, and  fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of frailty in older individuals keeping them healthier and more independent as they age.

Frailty Syndrome is a term which refers to older individuals who manifest decreased muscle strength, low energy, weight loss and associated problems like increased susceptibility to falls and fractures. This study ads credence to the notion that the diet may play an important role in the development of frailty, or its avoidance as one ages.

This research paper analyzed the  evidence available from many studies which have examined the possible health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. In total the analysis included nearly 5,800 people from a number of countries.

Researcher Kate Walters, PhD of University College London, in the UK, says, “We found the evidence was very consistent that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of becoming frail. People who followed a Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those who followed it the least.”

This study found  that the Mediterranean diet may help older individuals maintain muscle strength, activity, weight, and energy levels. Research colleague Dr. Gotaro Kojima ads, “Our study supports the growing body of evidence on the potential health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, in our case for potentially helping older people to stay well as they age.”

More and more research continues to show that diet, nutrition and lifestyle are key components for any anti- aging program.

 

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Sitting Too Long Is Bad For Your Health

Sitting Too Long Is Bad For Your Health

Newly published research in the journal Obesity provides further evidence of the negative health consequences of inactivity. Researchers from the University of Leicester and Loughborough University in the UK shows that being sedentary is associated with greater deposition of fat around the internal organs. This has long been known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

This study utilized 124 subjects at high risk of type 2 diabetes, and measured the length of time they spent sedentary over a 7 day period. The study subjects had MRIs done to measure  the amount of fat in the liver, visceral fat around other organs, and total abdominal fat. Their data found that the longer a person remained sedentary during the day, the higher the levels of liver fat, inner (visceral) fat and total abdominal fat.

Dr Joe Henson of the University of Leicester, says, “We know that spending long periods of time sedentary is unhealthy and a risk factor for chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Likewise, the amount of fat deposited around our internal organs may also predispose us to these diseases. Using MRI techniques and physical activity monitors we have shown that the more time spent sedentary, the stronger the association with higher levels of internal and abdominal fat. This was particularly so if the long periods of sedentary behaviour were uninterrupted. Our findings also show that reaching the UK government’s target of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity may offer some protection against the harmful effects of prolonged sedentary time.”

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Junk Food Disorders the Immune System

Junk Food Disorders the Immune System

       A study led by the University of Bonn, published in the journal CELL shows that the immune system responds to a high fat and high calorie diet in a  way similar to its response to a bacterial infection. In this study 120 mice were the subjects . They were placed on a “Western diet”, high in fat, high in sugar, and low in fiber for four weeks. Researcher Anette Christ, of the Institute of Innate Immunity  explains,”The unhealthy diet led to an unexpected increase in the number of certain immune cells in the blood of the mice.”

 When the researchers placed the mice back on their typical cereal of cereal for another  four weeks, some of the acute inflammatory responses abated . However, what was particularly disturbing was that did not go away was the genetic reprogramming of  immune cells, so that the immune system abnormalities that had been switched on during the fast food phase of the study still had abnormal activity, and these inflammatory responses can be  a part of  the development of vascular diseases or type 2 diabetes or other diseases. Underlying inflammatory responses are increasingly being viewed as the culprit for many if not most of modern society’s chronic diseases. Researcher Eicke Latz concludes…”These findings therefore have important societal relevance. The foundations of a healthy diet need to become a much more prominent part of education than they are at present.”

This study is yet another piece of scientific evidence that disease prevention begins with a proper diet.

 

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Men, Could the P-Shot Be Your Solution to Sexual Dysfunction?

Men, what if you could enhance your sexual performance, feel more satisfaction, and combat common side effects of aging using nothing more than a shot? Even better, what if the treatment was entirely natural and didn’t require any hormones or synthetic chemicals? Believe it or not, this incredible treatment does exist. It is called the P-Shot, and it is designed to reverse sexual dysfunction using the power of the platelets found in your own blood.  

What Is the P-Shot?

The Priapus Shot (P-Shot) is a surprisingly simple treatment that utilizes a man’s own blood to overcome sexual dysfunction. Blood is drawn and placed through a centrifuge in order to concentrate blood platelets. Blood platelets are so potent because they contain powerful growth factors that trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

This means that when platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is injected into the penis, it is able to stimulate remarkable levels of healing. The majority of men notice dramatic improvement to their erectile dysfunction within four to eight weeks of the P-Shot!

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Stem Cells for Knee Osteoarthritis

Stem Cells for Knee Osteoarthritis

A small study from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, assessed nine patients who received stem cell injections for arthritis of the knee.

They followed these patients for eighteen months. The results were the following:

Improvement in the clinical scores of pain and disability, and radiographic studies, were found within the first six  months . And the improvement was still seen at the study’s end eighteen months later. To assess the status of the knee they used the following four methods of observation of knee health. 1. X rays , 2. MRIs , 3.Pain scores , and 4. Quality of Life scores.

 All of the nine study subjects had osteoarthritis of the Knee, and received a single joint injection of adipose derived  autologous mesenchymal stem cells.

The data showed significant improvement in all four clinical scores. The MRI studies were able to show restoration of cartilage by the measurement of a greater volume of cartilage within the treated knee at the end of the study in comparison to what existed before treatment. The authors concluded that their results provides a good basis for more clinical trials to assess the use of Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the knee.

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Vitamin D Reduces Arterial Stiffness, May Prevent Heart Disease

Vitamin D Reduces Arterial Stiffness, May Prevent Heart Disease

Research has shown that Vitamin D has  protective effects against many common disorders, including cardiovascular disease. Now, a new research report may tell us why that is the case. This study from the Medical College of Georgia showed that after taking 4,000 IU of vitamin D for 4 months , measures of arterial stiffness were reduced in young, overweight, vitamin D deficient African-Americans . The skin makes vitamin D in response to sun exposure, and darker skin absorbs less sunlight, imparting a greater risk of Vitamin D deficiency to the African American population.

Rigidity of the arterial system predicts the risk of cardiovascular- related disease. Dr. Arnas Raed from the medical school’s Dept. of Medicine explains, “When your arteries are more stiff, you have higher pulse wave velocity, which increases your risk of cardiometabolic disease in the future.”

Dr. Raed, research resident from the Medical College of Georgia’s Department of Medicine, and the study’s lead author states that his data regarding Vitamin D supplementation showed that taking 4,000IU of Vitamin,”… significantly and rapidly reduced stiffness.” Research subjects who had taken 2,000 IU per day  also a reduction in arterial stiffness but it was not as significant as for those who took 4,000IU .

Vitamin D containing foods include dairy, fatty fish like sardines, some greens like kale. Another good source is fortified cereals. Finally Vitamin D supplement are an inexpensive option to make sure your taking in enough to make  a difference.

 

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The Top 3 Benefits of IV Nutrition Therapy

The Top 3 Benefits of IV Nutrition Therapy

You might be surprised to learn that your body could be suffering from nutritional deficiencies even if you eat well and take a multivitamin each day. A multitude of dynamics influence your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, so even seemingly harmless habits like drinking coffee can disrupt nutrient absorption.

IV Nutrition Therapy is the most efficient way to successfully deliver nutrients into the body. Using a simple IV and a strategic blend of nutrients, IV Therapy places vitamins and minerals right into the bloodstream to alleviate a wide range of symptoms associated with nutritional deficiencies.

IV Nutrition Therapy Ensures Absorption

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Whole Eggs Superior to Egg Whites for Muscle Building

Whole Eggs Superior to Egg Whites for Muscle Building

The practice of throwing away the yolk and getting protein just from the white’s of eggs may be a mistake. This discovery just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that the post-workout muscle-building response to eating a whole egg may be 40 percent greater than the response to consuming an equivalent amount of protein from just egg whites.

Professor Nicholas Burd lead researcher from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign which produced the study says, “This study suggests that eating protein within its most natural food matrix tends to be more beneficial to our muscles as opposed to getting one’s protein from isolated protein sources. ” He explains that ,” the yolks also contain protein, along with key nutrients and other food components that are not present in egg whites.” It seems that something contained within the yolk enhances the body’s ability to utilize the protein to build muscle.

In this study, 10 young men engaged in resistance exercise and then ate either whole eggs or egg whites . The researchers then took repeated blood and muscle biopsy samples to assess how the egg-derived amino acids were appearing in the blood and in protein synthesis in muscles before and after the resistance exercise and eating.

Dr Burd says that his study data revealed that, “if you ate the whole egg or the egg whites, the same amount of dietary amino acids became available in your blood,…but…the ingestion of whole eggs resulted in greater muscle-protein synthesis than the ingestion of egg whites”.

With the increasing sales of items like protein shakes, used by so many  workout enthusiasts, this may be another example where mother nature’s whole food outperforms a supplement.

 

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Inflammation Promotes the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Inflammation Promotes the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

 Advanced concepts regarding the development of Alzheimer’s disease include the notion that an inflammatory process underlies the progression of the disease.

Newly published research presented in the scientific journal Nature investigated the role of the brain’s immune response in the progression of abnormal protein accumulations in the brain. Prof. Michael Heneka, of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases says that his study demonstrated the role of activated immune cells in the brain. These cells  called “microglia” promoted aggregation of the abnormal protein Abeta, a classic hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, “…directly linking innate immune activation with the progression of pathology,” Dr. Heneka explains. “Deposition and spreading of Abeta pathology likely precede the appearance of clinical symptoms such as memory problems by decades. Therefore, a better understanding of these processes might be a key for novel therapeutic approaches. Such treatments would target Alzheimer’s at an early stage, before cognitive deficits manifest. Additionally, analysis of human brain material indicates at several levels that inflammation and Abeta pathology may interact in a similar fashion in humans. Together our findings suggest that brain inflammation is not just a bystander phenomenon, but a strong contributor to disease progression. Therefore, targeting this immune response will be a novel treatment modality for Alzheimer’s.”

The scourge of Alzheimer’s disease in the ever expanding elderly population needs more research and action to improve current treatment options. This study ads to our understanding of the promoters of this condition, which seems to require a number of different modalities – nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and other factors to be taken into account, to slow, halt or hopefully even reverse the course of this disease.

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Eating Fish Linked to Higher IQ and Better Sleep

Eating Fish Linked to Higher IQ and Better Sleep

Another study confirms that fish consumption in children is linked to important health benefits.

Past studies  have indicated a beneficial association between fish consumption and cognition. Other studies have shown that fish consumption helps sleep.  This  newly published study from the University of Pennsylvania as reported in the journal Scientific Reports, seems to link these benefits. It shows that children who eat fish weekly have better sleep patterns, and score better on IQ tests well.

Nutritionally, the intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in many types of fish, has been found to be associated with improvement in both intelligence test scores as well as being associated with better sleep. The authors of this study believe that better sleep may be a mediator- the potential missing link between eating fish and intelligence score improvements.

Researcher  A. Raine explains, “Lack of sleep is associated with antisocial behavior; poor cognition is associated with antisocial behavior. We have found that omega-3 supplements reduce antisocial behavior, so it’s not too surprising that fish is behind this.”

Over  f5,000  9 to 11-year-olds in China were the study subjects. They were surveyed for their frequency of fish consumption and their parents surveyed for their sleep habits. The children were then administered the  Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- the IQ test. Their data revealed that children who eat fish weekly scored 4.8 points higher on the IQ exams than those who said they “seldom” or “never” consumed fish. Their fish consumption was also associated with fewer sleep disturbances.

Pinto-Martin,executive director of Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, comments on the implications of this research- “It adds to the growing body of evidence showing that fish consumption has really positive health benefits and should be something more heavily advertised and promoted. Children should be introduced to it early on.”  Consumption of fish  once per week moves a family into the “high” fish-eating group as defined in this study. “Doing that could be a lot easier than nudging children about going to bed,” Dr Raine says. “If the fish improves sleep, great. If it also improves cognitive performance – even better. It’s a double hit.”

 

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