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12.21.2007

Anti-Aging Tips
Anti-aging medicine is a medical specialty 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 human lifespan.
As such, anti-aging medicine is based on principles of sound and responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties.
The three rules of anti-aging medicine are:
Don't get sick
Don’t get old
Don't die
The longer you live, the better your chances are for living even longer. This allows you to take maximum advantage of advancements in medicine.
Medical knowledge doubles every 3.5 years or less. With these gains in medical knowledge, we will reach the point where we will know how to stop aging, put it on hold, and even eventually reset the clock mechanism of life itself.
Early Detection
Early detection offers opportunities to prevent or effectively intervene in disease:
screening whole body computed tomography (CT) scans
metabolic profiles and cancer antigens (blood testing)
Stay Slim
Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable deaths:
Annually …
Causes at least 300,000 excess deaths in the U.S
Costs the country more than $100 billion
Medical risks associated with obesity:
Type 2 diabetes
Gout
Hypertension
Osteoarthritis
Cardiovascular disease
Sleep apnea
High cholesterol
Cancers
Gallbladder disease
Impaired respiratory function
In women -- increased incidence of varicose veins, asthma, and hemorrhoids
Avoid Trauma
Trauma kills more people between the ages of and 44 than any other disease or illness:
Nearly 100,000 people of all ages in the United States die from trauma each years, roughly half of them in automobile crashes
According to the National Center for Heath Statistics, trauma (unintentional injuries + homicides) causes 62% of all deaths in ages 15 to 24
Trauma can strike at any time of the day. Each year in the US:
8 to 9 million individuals suffer disabling injuries
more than 3 million people suffer permanent disabilities
Don't Smoke
Tobacco use, particularly cigarette smoking, is the single most preventable cause of death
Cigarette smoking is …
The most significant cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer death in both men and women
Responsible for most cancers of the larynx, oral cavity, and esophagus
Highly associated with the development of, and deaths from, bladder, kidney, pancreatic, and cervical cancers
Environmental tobacco smoke …
Is responsible for lung cancers in several thousand nonsmokers each year [US Environmental Protection Agency]
Contributes to coronary heart disease [California Environmental Protection Agency]
Regular Exercise: Wide-Ranging Benefits
Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation throughout the body
Keeps weight under control
Improves blood cholesterol levels
Prevents and manages high blood pressure
Prevents bone loss
Boosts energy level
Helps manage stress
Releases tension
Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well
Improves self-image
Counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism
Increases muscle strength
Provides a way to share an activity with family and friends
In older people, helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains quality of life and independence longer
Be Social
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons study-- 38% less risk of dementia in the population of study group with highest leisure activity:
“may reduce the risk of incident dementia, possibly by providing a reserve that delays the onset of clinical manifestations of the disease”
University of Florida study-- More than physical activity, social interaction leads to more satisfaction with life:
Type of activity had little relation to extent of satisfaction received. Any pursuit that brought people together proved beneficial for promoting positive self-image and personal fulfillment.
An Active Sex Life
Results of an eighteen-year study by Scottish researcher:
Men who had sex 3 or more times a week looked an average of 12 years younger than they actually were
“Having sex helps the body produce growth hormones that produce lean muscle tissue and decrease body fat, which can make you look younger”
Pfizer Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors (Feb. 2002)-- Age is no barrier to having an active sex life:
worldwide, 80% of men and 60% of women ages 40 to 80 responded that sex remained an important part of their lives
70% of those surveyed who reported that their physical relationship with their partner was very or extremely pleasurable also reported being in excellent health
Mental Stimulation
The brain is a muscle and must be exercised in order to stay in peak form
Memorization strategies can encourage the brain to work more effectively and reduce aging-related memory loss
Cognitive impairment, a risk factor for dementia, is most commonly caused by:
unexplained memory loss (12.5%)
medical illness (4%)
stroke (3.6%)
alcohol abuse (1.5%)
Challenge yourself with activities such as hobbies, adult education, and volunteering
Stress Reduction Tips
Reduce responsibilities
Reduce expectations
Meditate
Visualize
Take one thing at a time
Exercise
Hobbies
Healthy lifestyle
Share your feelings
Avoid arguments … Be flexible!
Go easy with giving and receiving criticism
Restful Sleep
Sleep is …
Necessary for survival.
Necessary for proper nervous systems function
Rejuvenates brain nerve cells
Promotes brain function
Deep sleep …
Coincides with the release of growth hormone in children and young adults
Promotes increased production, and reduced breakdown, of proteins in cells
Make Smart Dietary Choices
Mediterranean Diet: A notably low incidence of chronic diseases and high life-expectancy rates is present in populations living along the Mediterranean Sea (particularly Greeks and southern Italians):
diet features grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts,
diet features good fats -- olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids (fish)
diet includes red meat only sparingly
Okinawan Diet: Elderly Okinawans have among the lowest mortality rates in the world from a multitude of chronic diseases of aging and as a result enjoy not only what may be the world's longest life expectancy and the world's longest health expectancy:
low caloric intake
high vegetables/fruits consumption
higher intake of good fats -- omega-3s, monounsaturated fat
high fiber in diet
high flavonoid intake
Moderate Alcohol Consumption
Drinking one or two alcoholic drinks each day could help reduce the risk of developing dementia. [The Lancet 2002; 359:281-286]
Light, and even fairly moderate drinking, appears to protect the elderly from developing small blockages in the blood vessels of the brain known as "silent strokes,” therefore lowering stroke risk. [Stroke 2001 32: 1939-1946]
Dark beer contains large amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants. Beer prevents the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL). [University of Scranton (PA), * reported by www.yahoo.com 22 nd December 2000]
Combat Free Radical Damage
Antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, E, and selenium) protect cells by neutralizing free radicals and beneficially altering the risk of disease:
A study at UCLA School of Public Health found that men who took 300 mg of vitamin C daily had a 45% lower risk of heart attack compared with men who took less than the U.S. government Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
In a Harvard study, vitamin E lowered heart attack risk by 41%
Selenium decreases infection rates in the elderly, while vitamin E improves their immune response
Maintain Immunity
Infectious diseases are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.:
Claiming more than 100,000 Americans lives annually
Costing more than $30 billion in direct treatment expense
Infectious diseases are responsible for 1/4 to 1/3 of the 54 million deaths globally each year
Since 1973 …
Twenty well-known diseases -- including tuberculosis, malaria, and cholera -- have re-emerged or spread geographically, presenting in more virulent and drug-resistant forms
At least 30 previously unknown disease agents have been identified -- including HIV, ebola, and hepatitis C -- and there is no known cure for these
New evidence is mounting to support the theory that the degenerative diseases of aging may be adverse effects of infectious disease, rather than illnesses in and of themselves
Water
Replenish lost fluids with an intake of 8 to 12 8-ounce glasses of water every day
Tap water is dangerous:
Today, virtually everyone in the U.S. has one or more toxic chemicals lodged in fatty tissue as a result of ingestion of tap water
In the U.S., 53 million Americans drink water from municipal water supplies containing potentially dangerous levels of chloro- and fluoro-chemicals, lead, fecal bacteria, as well as pesticides and other impurities associated with cancer and metabolic dysfunction
Distilled, sterile water is best:
Maximum ability to eliminate toxins from your body
Devoid of other substances and minerals
NOTE: If you drink only sterile distilled water, add a quality daily multimineral dietary supplement (anti-aging-today.org)

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