Previous studies have suggested that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, associate with decreased risk of gastric, colorectal, and breast cancers. Jean Tang, from Stanford University (California, USA), and colleagues studied the use of NSAIDs and melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer. The team assessed data collected from 59,806 postmenopausal Caucasian women, ages 50 to 79 years, enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative. The subjects were surveyed for their use of aspirin and nonaspirin NSAIDs and followed for a median period of 12 years to identify the development of melanomas. The researchers found that women who used aspirin were at 21% lower risk of melanoma, as compared to non-aspirin users. Further, each incremental increase in duration of aspirin use (less than one year of use, 1 to 4 years of use, and five or more years of use) correlated with an 11% lower risk of melanoma. Thus, women who used aspirin for five or more years were at 30% lower melanoma risk, as compared to women who did not take aspirin. Submitting that "aspirin works by reducing inflammation," the study authors conclude that: " Postmenopausal women who used [aspirin] had a significantly lower risk of melanoma, and longer duration of [aspirin] use was associated with greater protection.”
Gamba, Christina A., Swetter, Susan M., Stefanick, Marcia L. Kubo, Jessica Desai, Tang, Jean Y, et al. “Aspirin is associated with lower melanoma risk among postmenopausal Caucasian women.” Cancer, 11 March 2013.
Dietary supplementation of Vitamin D may help to lessen muscle fatigue and improve efficiency, among people with low blood levels of the vitamin.
Worse sleep quality may correlate to increased amyloid deposits in the brain, a marker of Alzheimer's Disease.
Women who take aspirin are at a reduced risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The extract of the Rosemary spice may lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels, as well as assist in weight management, in a laboratory animal model.
Researchers are able to predict survival rates and life expectancy among patients with heart disease, based on the length of the end caps of their chromosomes.
Australian researchers reveal that by targeting a single anti-aging enzyme, there exists the potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans.
A diet rich in cocoa – containing abundant amounts of flavonol antioxidants, may help to regulate insulin levels, in diabetics.
Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke are more likely to develop early signs of heart disease.
Dietary supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may help to protect against skin cancer.
Excess dietary salt may drive the development of multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases.
Higher dietary intake of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) associates with reduced risk of hip fracture, among women.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Study results suggest that regularly taking certain supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron, and copper, may increase the risk of death in older
Engaging in regular physical activity is associated with less decline in cognitive function in older adults.
UK study reveals that tall women may be at greater overall risk for cancer, with significant increases in risk for each four-inch increase in height.
Among older women, indoor air pollution associates with increased blood pressure.
Pre-menopausal women with the highest average intakes of folate from the diet are at a 40% reduced risk of developing breast cancer.
Among older women, Vitamin D supplementation extends longevity.
Daily physical activity, a low-fat whole-grain diet, low BMI, and other healthy behaviors significantly reduce a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death.
Women who take supplements of vitamin D and calcium may be at a reduced risk of developing skin cancer.
Tip #141 - Men – Get Moving
Previous studies have suggested that physical activity decreases the risk of certain cancers. University of California, Los Angeles (USA) researchers have found that men who work in jobs that require a continuous level of high physical effort are at reduced risks of developing prostate cancer. The team compared the physical activity of 392 workers who developed prostate cancer with 1,805 men similarly employed and of similar age. Amongst a group of aerospace workers, 64% of whom were involved in work that required sustained and high levels of physical activity, the odds for prostate cancer were 45% lower, as compared to their less active counterparts.
Don’t underestimate the health benefits of physical activity, be it leisure-time exercise, competitive sports, or at-work exertion. Check with your anti-aging physician to make sure the level of your physical activity is appropriate for your medical needs.