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Anti-Aging Lifestyle Reduces Cardiovascular & Cancer Risks

Posted Apr 14 2013 10:07pm

The anti-aging lifestyle includes behaviors such as not smoking, achieving a healthy blood sugar and blood pressure, engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining healthy total cholesterol and body mass index (BMI), and eating a healthy diet. These seven tenets are also reflected by the American Heart Association (AHA) as ideal cardiovascular health metrics.  Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Illinois, USA), and colleagues assessed data collected on 13,253 participants, mean age 54 years at baseline, from the Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities (ARIC) study which included nearly 20 years of follow-up. Subjects reported having no history of cancer at baseline (nonmelanoma skin cancer was excluded).   Researchers found that those who maintained goals for six or seven of the cardiovascular health metrics had a 51% lower risk of incident cancer, as compared with those meeting no goals. 

Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, Christina M. Shay, Judith G. Abramson, Christopher A. Friedrich, Jennifer A.  Nettleton, Anna E. Prizment, Aaron R. Folsom.  “Ideal Cardiovascular Health Is Inversely Associated With Incident Cancer: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.”  Circulation. 2013;127:1270-1275, March 18 2013.

Seven tenets of the anti-aging lifestyle not only reduce a person’s risks of heart disease, but may combat cancer as well.
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Tip #147 - Bone Building Basics II
Osteoporosis affects 75 million people in Europe, the United States, and Japan, and will continue to bloom into a major public health crisis as the global population ages.

Researchers from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) studied 34 postmenopausal women, average age 66.1 years, with an average BMI of 25.98 kg/m2, assigning them to one of four groups for a period of 6 months: no exercise and no antioxidant supplement; no exercise and antioxidant supplement (600 mg vitamin E and 1,000 mg vitamin C daily); exercise (resistance training) and no antioxidant; and exercise plus antioxidant. In women who did no exercise and took no antioxidant supplement, a significant loss of bone in the hip and spine was observed. In the group receiving both exercise and antioxidant supplement, the researchers found the best bone mass retention.

Osteoporosis increases a person’s risk of fractures, a major cause of disability and/or hospitalization among aging men and women. Consult an anti-aging physician to design a combined program of exercise plus antioxidant supplementation that is appropriate for your medical needs.

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