Health Care Series - Santa Monica Library March 17, 2010 6:30 PM
You are invited to a free anti-aging multi-media presentation sponsored by the Harvard Club of Southern California. Wednesday March 17th at 6:30 PM. Join Emmy Award Winning Producer Paul M.J. Suchecki, producer of the award winning anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now" for insights on cutting edge anti-aging research by doctors and scientists from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, USC and more. Learn how to feel and look better, boost your energy, fire up your sex life, and slow aging. Seating is limited. Reserve here or through Albert Chang, AlbertChang@charter.net or (310) 994-9974. The presentation is part of the Harvard Club's Health Care Reform lecture series.
In 2009, health care costs in the US soared to a record 17.3% of the US economy, a direct result of the graying of the baby boom generation. The $2.5 trillion spent in 2009 was $134 billion more than on medical expenses in 2008. To put this number in perspective, back in 1960 health care costs were 5% of the gross domestic product. As our population continues to age, by 2020 one out of every five dollars in the entire American economy is predicted to go to medical costs, a major reason to push for health care reform.
Already recommended as a prophylactic agent in preventing heart disease, Aspirin may also halt the recurrence of breast cancer, according to new data from the ongoing Nurses' Health Study at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Results were reported last month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Breast cancer is expected to hit more than 190,000 American women this year killing more than 40,000 of them. The researchers collected data from more than 4000 nurses. Women who took aspirin 2-5 days a week were 60% less likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer and 71% less likely to die from the disease.
More evidence shows that calorie restriction is the best option for increasing longevity. The news comes as obesity soars in the US, with 2/3 of Americans now overweight. Roy Walford, MD of UCLA built his career as a longevity researcher by creating a low calorie nutrient dense diet. He explained his work in the the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now." For the past 20 years a monkey colony has been on calorie restriction at the National Institutes of Health. The most recent results come from a cohort of 76 adult Rhesus monkeys. Half of the primates were placed on a nutrient dense diet with 30% fewer calories, compared to half that were not. Those on calorie restriction had half the rate of cardiovascular disease, and pre-cancerous cells. None of the monkeys on calorie restriction developed diabetes while five of the others came down with the disease. Brain scans showed less gray matter atrophy in the calorie restricted monkeys.
In the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now" soy was described by Harvard researcher Bradley Willcox, MD as “nature's hormone replacement therapy.” Despite its benefits, some breast cancer survivors have shunned the superfood. A new study from China shows that soy actually helps breast cancer survivors. The more than five thousand women from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival study were followed for an average of four years. The research showed that the more soy eaten, the lower was a woman's chance of cancer recurrence or death. The improvement was a full third between the least and the most amount of soy consumed.
Intuitively we know that clean air is better for us. A handful of studies are giving specifics. A study published in the online journey PloS One showed that people living within 100 meters of freeways showed notable hardening of the arteries. In a Dutch study, of more than 345,000 people, those living near a green space had lower rates of 15 of 24 diseases including asthma, diabetes, even back and neck problems. In Harvard research, cleaner air in Boston contributed to an increase in life expectancy of nearly three years. In a UCLA study, researcher Jesus Araujo placed a cage of mice next to the 110 freeway while a complementary cohort was left in a cleaner Westside location. When the freeway mice were collected several weeks later, Araujo made a startling discovery. The mice’s HDL, the mammal’s good cholesterol was made dysfunctional, increasing the rodents’ risk for heart disease.
Colorectal cancer has risen 17% in the last decade in American adults under 50 according to an article in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. Overall the rates are declining due to better screening, but it is still the nation’s third most common form of cancer. Diets high in red and processed meat and low in calcium are blamed, which is why those under 50 are at greater risk given their greater consumption of fast food over a lifetime, compared to those over 50. The American Cancer Society recommends that colorectal cancer is best prevented by a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Thirty minutes of exercise five days a week are also suggested to fight the disease.
This Month's Health Recipe: Spinach Stir Fry
If you're like me, I grew up hating spinach. This is such a tasty, nutritious dish that it will soon become a family favorite. Add this to a steak and salad, and you've got a meal for a king. It's a perfect dish for Popeye. Not only is it chock full of nutrients to make you strong, but it needs Olive Oil.
To see how one middle-aged man is applying anti-aging precepts to his own life, go to Anti-AgingDiary.com. To embrace anti-aging you need to make a mental as well as physical journey. It's not always easy, but well worth the effort. Remember to watch our anti-aging documentary, “Reverse Aging Now.
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