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Eating A Western Diet Promotes Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Eating  A Western Diet Promotes Development  of Alzheimer’s Disease

Rates of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, are on the rise    worldwide. The most important risk factors seem to be linked to the diet, especially the consumption of meat, sugar, and high-fat dairy products. A review article regarding the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, appearing in  the Journal of the American College of Nutrition  comes to the conclusion that the Western Diet is at least partly responsible for the rise in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Don’t Blame Your Genes If You Don’t Lose Weight

Don’t Blame Your Genes If You Don’t Lose Weight

You may be right in thinking that your genes may be at least partly responsible for your being overweight, but an extensive new study shows that you can’t  blame your genes for failing to lose weight.

A gene known as FTO makes carriers of the gene more  likely to be overweight. However, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal researchers at Newcastle University, carrying this gene does not prevent a person form losing weight.

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Six-day Deepak Chopra Holisitic Medicine Program Produces Benefits

Six-day Deepak Chopra Holisitic Medicine Program Produces Benefits

A study to assess the  health benefits of natural and holistic practices was performed with participants of a six day wellness program at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, Calif.  The study  subjects were shown to decrease  blood metabolites associated with inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease.

The research published in the journal Scientific Reports was authored by the well known advocate of Natural Medicine Deepak Chopra, MD,of California’s San Diego School of Medicine. Amazingly the study period was just 6 days. The study subjects ate a vegetarian diet, meditated, practiced yoga and received therapeutic massages. “It appears that a one-week Panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” said Dr. Chopra. Another of the studies’  authors  Christine Tara Peterson, PhD, explains, “Panchakarma refers to a detoxification and rejuvenation protocol involving massage, herbal therapy and other procedures to help strengthen and rejuvenate the body.The researchers looked at the effects of a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic intervention on plasma metabolites in a controlled clinical trial.”

The study involved 119 healthy male and female participants  who stayed at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. The researchers hypothesized that since results were seen after only six days, the improved biochemical markers were most likely due to the vegetarian diet component of the program. They say further studies are needed to understand the underlying processes and mechanisms involved.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Improve Tissue Healing

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Improve Tissue Healing

A study from the University of Alberta Sports Medicine Clinic has shown that  PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections given to patients  with chronic shoulder pain, not only improved pain and function, but enhanced the healing process in the tissues.  This was the first study to document the enhancement of tissue healing, using before and after MRI studies of the shoulder.

Dr. Doug Gross one of the studies authors says,”Based on MRI findings before and after the injections, we saw improvements in the tissue six months later in five of seven patients undergoing PRP and an appropriate rehabilitation program. The healing in the tissue appeared to correspond with the reported improvement of the pain and also with the clinical assessment of function”

Lead author of the study Marni Wesner, sports medicine physician explained their procedure; “We studied patients 35 to 60 years old with rotator cuff tendinopathy due to normal aging. For the first time, we were able to not only find reported improvements in pain and mobility, but also in the tissue — the MRI before and after showed structural change and a decrease in the size of tears.”

Platelet-rich plasma injection  is an increasingly popular  therapeutic procedure  for the treatment of both acute and chronic  injuries. It involves collecting blood from the patient’s arm, separating the platelets via centrifuge and injecting it back into the patient’s injured tissue area to augment the body’s natural healing response. Treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma has received increased attention after it became known that sports starts like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Alex -Rodriguez  have been treated with it.

One study subject 58 year old retired police offers Debbie Brown describes her results as life changing “For the past two years, I have tried everything for my right shoulder. Physio would help for a bit but then the problem would still be there. I tried acupuncture, Kinesio tape, cortisol injections — you name it, I’ve tried it,” she said. “Once I did the PRP, it really did fix everything!  I can work out and be active again.PRP makes me feel like I’m in my 20s!”.

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PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Effective Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis Study Shows

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Effective Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis Study Shows
A study from the Hospital for Special Surgery published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine shows that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) holds great promise for treating patients with knee osteoarthritis. The treatment consistently improved pain and function, and in nearly ¾ of the study participants appeared to delay the progression of osteoarthritis which is a progressive disease.

“This is a very positive study,” said Brian Halpern, M.D., lead author of the study and chief of Sports Medicine Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a  new treatment that is being used by a small but growing  number of doctors. PRP, which is  produced from a patient’s own blood is given back into the body as an injection, delivering a high concentration of growth factors to an arthritic joint to stimulate the healing process. Dr Halpern explains the simple procedure this way- “You take a person’s blood, you spin it down, you concentrate the platelets, and you inject a person’s knee with their own platelets in a concentrated form. This then activates growth factors and stem cells to help repair the tissue, if possible, calm osteoarthritic symptoms and decrease inflammation.”

In the study, researchers enrolled patients with early osteoarthritis, gave them each an injection of PRP , and then monitored them for one year. They used validated measures to assess overall knee pain, stiffness and function, as well as a patient’s ability to perform various activities of daily living. At baseline and then one year after the PRP injection, physicians also evaluated the knee cartilage with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

It is generally accepted  that patients with osteoarthritis lose roughly five percent of knee cartilage per year, the Hospital for Special Surgery investigators found that a large majority of patients in their study had no further cartilage loss after one year.

Treatment with PRP was also useful in improving pain, stiffness and function with a reduction of between 42 % nearly 60 % at six months and one year. Activity of Daily Living Scores also showed a significant increase at both six months (47%) and one year (56%).

Dr. Halpern said, “We are entering into an era of biologic treatment…, where you can use your own cells to try to help repair your other cells, rather than using a substance that is artificial. The downside is next to zero and the upside is huge.”

Osteoarthritis impacts nearly 30 million Americans and is a leading cause of disability. It affects a third of those older than 65. The disease is characterized by degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint as well as bony overgrowth.

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Obesity Linked To More Types of Cancer

Obesity Linked To More Types of Cancer

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma , thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma. And the data suggests that avoiding obesity could help to reduce the risk of these cancers.

This study utilizing researchers around the world, reviewed more than 1,000 studies of excess weight and cancer risk analyzed by the WHO’s International Agency for Cancer on Research. In 2002, this same group of cancer researchers found  evidence linking excess weight to higher risks of cancers of the colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterus.

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, a cancer prevention expert at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says,”The burden of cancer due to being overweight or obese is more extensive than what has been assumed. Many of the newly identified cancers linked to excess weight haven’t been on people’s radar screens as having a weight component.”

“Lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, in addition to not smoking, can have a significant impact on reducing cancer risk” he said. “Public health efforts to combat cancer should focus on these things that people have some control over.”

For most of the cancers on the newly expanded list, the researchers also see that greater the degree of being overweight,  the greater the cancer risk. And the cancer risk that the study found, the same for both men and women.

“Significant numbers of the U.S. and the world’s population are overweight,” Dr. Colditz says. “This is another wake-up call. It’s time to take our health and our diets seriously.”

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Diet and Exercise May Reduce Beta Amyloid in the Brain, Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Diet and Exercise May Reduce Beta Amyloid in the Brain, Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study published in the  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry  indicates that a healthy diet and  regular physical activity  may reduce the buildup of a toxic protein Beta amyloid, which is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research done by the UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior studied 44 adults ranging in age from 40 to 85 who had mild memory changes but did not have the diagnosis of  dementia. The study used  PET scans to assess the amounts of plaque and tangles in the brain which are composed of Beta amyloid, whose buildup is an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

They found that several lifestyle factors were linked to lower levels of plaques and tangles on the brain scans. These factors are – maintaining a proper body weight, exercise,  and a Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is  rich in fruits, nuts, vegetables, legumes, and fish but low in meats and dairy, with mild to moderate alcohol consumption.

Dr. David Merrill, lead author of the study said, “The fact that we could detect this influence of lifestyle at a molecular level before the beginning of serious memory problems surprised us.”

Earlier studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle may result in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. But this new study is the first to show that these lifestyle factors directly influence the abnormal protein beta amyloid in people with subtle memory loss who do not have dementia. Dr Merrill says, “The study reinforces the importance of living a healthy life to prevent Alzheimer’s, even before the development of clinically significant dementia. This work lends key insight not only into the ability of patients to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but also physicians’ ability to detect and image these changes.”

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For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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Higher Muscle Mass Lowers Mortality in Heart Disease

Higher Muscle Mass Lowers Mortality in Heart Disease

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, patients with heart disease  who have a higher muscle mass and lower fat mass have a lower mortality risk.

This research was done at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. They found that regardless of a person’s measurement of  fat mass, a higher level of muscle mass helps reduce the risk of death.

Data was collected from over 6,000 study  participants.  They were categorized  in one of four groups:

  • low muscle/low fat mass
  • low muscle/high fat mass
  • high muscle/low fat mass
  • high muscle/high fat mass

Those with high muscle mass and low fat mass had the lowest risk of cardiovascular and total mortality. This research highlights the importance of maintaining muscle mass, rather than focusing only on  weight loss, in order to prolong life. The authors of the study suggest that doctors advise patients to participate in resistance exercises to build muscle mass.

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Brains of Overweight People ‘Ten Years Older’ Study Shows

Brains of Overweight People ‘Ten Years Older’ Study Shows

The team studied data from 473 individuals between the ages of 20 and 87, at the Cambridge Centre for Aging and Neuroscience.

Research study author Dr Lisa Ronan says, “As our brains age, they naturally shrink in size, but it isn’t clear why people who are overweight have a greater reduction in the amount of white matter. We can only speculate on whether obesity might in some way cause these changes… ”

Senior author Professor Paul Fletcher, says “We’re living in an aging population, with increasing levels of obesity, so it’s essential that we establish how these two factors might interact, since the consequences for health are potentially serious. It will also be important to find out whether these changes could be reversible with weight loss, which may well be the case.”

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For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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