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Low Vitamin D In The Elderly Associated With More Rapid Development of Dementia, Alzheimer’s

Low Vitamin D In The Elderly Associated With More Rapid Development of Dementia, Alzheimer’s

According to research from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, elderly individuals with low vitamin D levels show a decline in cognitive functions a a rate three times faster than those with sufficient vitamin D levels.

Joshua Miller, MD lead author of the research  published in JAMA Neurology says, “Independent of race or ethnicity, baseline cognitive abilities and a host of other risk factors, vitamin D insufficiency was associated with significantly faster declines in both episodic memory and executive function performance… This work, and that of others, suggests that there is enough evidence to recommend that people in their 60s and older discuss taking a daily vitamin D supplement with their physicians”.

The study included nearly 400 men and women of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds living in Northern California with a mean age of 76. They were followed for a period of five years. At the start the study subjects were classified as being cognitively normal, had mild cognitive impairment or had dementia. The participants’ serum vitamin D status was measured at the beginning of the study, and after five years of follow-up, the vitamin D deficient individuals had a progression of cognitive decline that was up three times faster than those with adequate  vitamin D levels.

Charles DeCarli, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center explains, “We expected to see declines in individuals with low vitamin D status. What was unexpected was how profoundly and rapidly low vitamin D impacts cognition. I don’t know if replacement therapy would affect these cognitive trajectories. That needs to be researched and we are planning on doing that.This is a vitamin deficiency that could easily be treated and that has other health consequences. We need to start talking about it, particularly for people of color, for whom vitamin D deficiency appears to present an even greater risk,” he said.

Vitamin D is made when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Foods with high content of Vitamin D are oily fish such as salmon and sardines, eggs, and fortified cereals.

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Study Shows Memory Loss of Alzheimer’s Improved By Lifestyle Changes, Supplements

Study Shows Memory Loss of Alzheimer’s Improved By Lifestyle Changes, Supplements

A  study published in the online edition of the journal Aging, reported that nine out of ten participants who followed a comprehensive anti-aging program to reverse memory loss showed signs of improvement at three and six months.

Six  of the ten who had reported that they had discontinued working because of their cognitive impairment or had been struggling at work, were all were able to return to work or continue at their jobs with improved performance. Those in the study with relatively milder cognitive impairment fared better. One patient in the study  who was classified as having late stage Alzheimer’s Disease did not improve.

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Testosterone Therapy: “Significant Reduction” in Heart Attack, Stroke Risks

Testosterone Therapy: “Significant Reduction” in Heart Attack, Stroke Risks

A United States  Veterans Affairs  study of greater than 83,000 men found  that men who had  low testosterone levels and received treatment, significantly lower their  risk of heart attack and stroke, or death from any cause. If the men’s testosterone levels were restored to normal, then a dramatic reduction of 56% in the overall death rate was seen in comparison to men whose low testosterone level was never treated . Treatment was found to be effective whether the testosterone prescribed as given via injections, gels, or patches.

There was also a benefit of lesser degree shown in the group of men who were treated with testosterone, but  did not  raise their testosterone levels to normal as shown in repeat testing- their levels were improved but still low.

The study used a follow-up period of from 4.6 to 6.2 years to asses the incidence of illness and deaths reported over that time period.

It was also found that men successfully treated with testosterone  (levels normalized), lowered their incidence of having  a heart attack by  24% and lowered their stroke risk by 36%.

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Anti-Aging Healthy Lifestyle

Anti-Aging Healthy Lifestyle

The following is adapted from lectures given by Dr. Sobo at the Wainwright House in Rye, N.Y. and the Total Life Care Center in Norwalk, CT.

Theories of Aging

There are two basic types:

  1. Genetically programmed aging: Telemorase Theory
  2. Progressive damage aging: Free Radical Theory and Neuroendocrine Theory
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Stem Cell Discoveries Pave The Way For Improved Treatment of Osteoarthritis, Other Disorders

Stem Cell Discoveries Pave The  Way For Improved Treatment of Osteoarthritis, Other Disorders

The future is here ! Treating a variety of conditions with stem cells is a subject of intense investigation with hundreds  of  research studies being conducting all around the world. The hope is that stem cell therapy can help autoimmune diseases, neurologic disorders, diabetes, heart disease, the ravages of aging, and many other medical conditions.

A new study from the  Departments of Biology and Physics at York, which  was funded by Arthritis Research UK , has been published in the the journal Stem Cell Reports. They report having identified individual stem cells that can regenerate tissue, cartilage and bone. This knowledge opens the way to having  better treatment for arthritis. Many clinical practitioners utilizing these therapies in advance of their general approval by the medical community report that they have helped many people avoid joint replacement surgery.

Lead researcher Dr Paul Genever  says, “While stem cell therapy is an exciting new development for the treatment for osteoarthritis, up to now it has been something of a lottery because we did not know the precise properties of each of the cells. This project has helped us to establish which cells are good at regenerating tissue, cartilage and bone respectively. It will help in the search to develop more targeted therapies for arthritis patients.”

Dr James Fox one of the co-authors says, “Working with colleagues across the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre will help to bring our discovery closer to patient treatment.”

Director of Research at  Arthritis Research UK Dr Stephen Simpson tells us that “There are 8 million people in the UK living with the pain and disability caused by osteoarthritis. We are fighting to find better treatments and one day, a cure. This research is exciting and promising. Identifying specific stem cells that could help the damaged joint to repair itself, takes us a step closer to our aim of developing an injectable, safe, stem cell therapy for people with osteoarthritis.”

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Obesity, Insulin Resistance Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Obesity, Insulin Resistance Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology  finds a strong association between insulin resistance and decline in memory function, and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The fact that obesity increases the risk of heart disease and some cancers is well known, but this study alerts us that the risk of memory loss is also a consequence we need to understand and act upon. Insulin resistance is common in people who are obese or pre-diabetic .
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Weight Loss Combined With Vitamin D Supplements Reduces Chronic Inflammation

Weight Loss Combined With Vitamin D Supplements Reduces Chronic Inflammation

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplements, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of many diseases including cancer, and being overweight has been associated with a  state of chronic inflammation.

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Omega 3s and Antioxidants Benefit Cognitive Impairment Study Says

Omega 3s and Antioxidants Benefit Cognitive Impairment Study Says

Fish oil  and antioxidant supplementation might be beneficial for  people in the early stages of dementia. A study just published in the July 2015 issue of the scientific journal of the American Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology showed that  people with mild dementia showed signs of improvement given these substances. 

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