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Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

If you like spicy food it may contribute to your longevity. Research from the University of Vermont revealed in a study of over 16,000 people, that those who ate hot red chili peppers reduced their risk of death.

For hundreds of years, peppers have been thought to be beneficial for many health problems. This study lends credence to this belief. The data about chili consumption was collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for approximately 20 years.

It is thought that capsaicin is the active component in chili peppers. Capsaicin is thought to effect both cellular and molecular mechanisms that improve the health of the cardiovascular system, and prevent obesity. Their ingestion also is thought to exert an antimicrobial effect, countering the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and improving the ecology of the gut. The researchers believe that chili peppers will become increasingly recognized as beneficial. “Because our study adds to the generalizability of previous findings, chili pepper — or even spicy food — consumption may become a dietary recommendation and/or fuel further research in the form of clinical trials,” says study author L. Chopan.

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A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

 

As a member of the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine I just attended their 2016 national conference in Las Vegas. I want to bring you crucial information about how the environment of your GI tract, called the Microbiome, may determine whether you are more susceptible to the onset of Alzheimer’s and other Neurodegenerative and other diseases. A great talk about this was presented by David Perlmutter, MD a board certified Neurologist a leader in the field of Natural Medicine as it relates to the mind and how we may be able to help ourselves through non drug therapies.

In tandem with my own experience as well as incorporting Dr. Perlmutter’s presentation of the latest sci4ece , my advice to patients is the following:


1. Take broad spectrum Pre and Probiotics. It’s not just the number of organisms on the bottle, but the variety of species that counts.
2. Avoid sugar. The government’s long campaign against fat has been proven to be an enormous national mistake. Sugar is the culprit.
3. Relieve “leaky gut” inflammation by finding out about your food sensitivities, and avoiding those foods.
3. Get at least 7 hrs of sleep per night. Americans are getting less sleep than ever before, and it’s bad for your brain and your body.

It has always been my passion to prevent disease, not just treat it. I hope to help you learn how to prevent the worst types of illness for which no good treatment exists.

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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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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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Nut Consumption Reduces Inflammation

Nut Consumption Reduces Inflammation

A new study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that dietary intake of nuts is associated with lower levels of the biomarkers of inflammation. This study of than 5,000 people by the  Brigham and Women’s Hospital  may help to explain the documented health benefits of nuts.

Research study author Ying Bao M.D. ScD, says, “Population studies have consistently supported a protective role of nuts against cardiometabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and we know that inflammation is a key process in the development of these diseases. Our new work suggests that nuts may exert their beneficial effects in part by reducing systemic inflammation.”

For this study, the research team performed  an analysis of data using dietary questionnaires, comparing the levels of the  proteins known as biomarkers in blood samples collected from the study subjects. The biomarkers of inflammation that were affected were, C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin 6 (IL6) .

The data revealed that those who had consumed at least five  servings of nuts per week had lower levels of CRP and IL6 than those who rarely or almost never ate nuts. Dr Bao says, “Much remains unknown about how our diet influences inflammation and, in turn, our risk of disease. But our study supports an overall healthful role for nuts in the diet and suggests reducing inflammation as a potential mechanism that may help explain the benefits of nuts on cardiometabolic diseases.”

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Negative Beliefs About Aging May Promote Development of Alzheimer’s

Negative Beliefs About Aging May Promote Development of  Alzheimer’s

New research from the Yale School of Public Health finds an association between holding negative or pessimistic beliefs about aging and the development of brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain changes were studied in both live persons with MRI scans, and deceased study subjects by autopsy.

This study is the first to link the brain changes of Alzheimer’s disease to a  psychosocial risk factor.

Study author Becca Levy professor of Public Health and Psychology at Yale University states, “We believe it is the stress generated by the negative beliefs about aging that individuals sometimes internalize from society that can result in pathological brain changes. Although the findings are concerning, it is encouraging to realize that these negative beliefs about aging can be mitigated and positive beliefs about aging can be reinforced, so that the adverse impact is not inevitable.”

The study suggests that part of an Alzheimer’s prevention program  may involve combatting negative stereotypes about aging. If it is widely understood that having pessimistic views about the elderly may become a self fulfilling prophecy by promoting dementia, it may offer a way to slow the rapidly rising rate of Alzheimer’s disease which now affects over 5 million Americans.

Using MRI scans in living individuals, the research found that subjects who held more negative beliefs about aging showed  greater shrinkage of  a part of the brain crucial to memory called the hippocampus. The hippocampus is known to be smaller in Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain autopsies which were performed showed that two well established indicators Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles ,were worse in those who had by survey expressed more negative beliefs about aging. This study was published in the September issue of journal Psychology and Aging.

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Moderate coffee drinking linked to reduced risk of death

Moderate coffee drinking linked to reduced risk of death

A study funded by The National Institutes of Health reported  in the medical Journal Circulation shows that people who regularly drink moderate amounts of coffee daily -less than 5 cups per day – lower their risk of death from cardiovascular and neurological diseases, as well as  Type 2 diabetes .

Drinking either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee was beneficial which suggests that it’s not the caffeine in coffee which is beneficial, but the antioxidants found in coffee beans. Ming Ding, M.D. one of the  the study’s author’s explains, “Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation.”

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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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