Archive for September, 2009

Overconsumption of Sugar Linked to Aging

Posted on 14. Sep, 2009 by import in Heart Disease, Nutrition, Obesity, Type-2 Diabetes, Youthful Aging

Over the last 20-25 years, ever increasing intake of dietary sugars has been implicated in the expanding waistlines of Americans.  Those cookies, sodas, and processed foods with artificial sweeteners are doing more harm than just to your figure.  In addition to the obesity connection, they are responsible for the epidemic of type-2 diabetes and heart disease, and contributeto liver disease and premature aging.

Several studies have found that excess sugar, consumed over a long time, attaches to collagen and other proteins and modifies their structure. The resulting advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, may weaken the proteins, causing sags and wrinkles. AGEs have also been shown to induce production of harmful inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers), and have been implicated in CV disease, glaucoma, arthritis, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.  Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise & Diet Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 13. Sep, 2009 by import in Dementia, Exercise, Nutrition, Youthful Aging

In a prospective cohort study of 1880 community dwelling elders without dementia  published in the August 12, 2009 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, both higher adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet and higher physical activity were independently associatd with reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Read the rest of this entry »

National Healthy Aging Month

Posted on 13. Sep, 2009 by import in Exercise, Nutrition, Vitamin D, Youthful Aging

Every day we age. But we don’t have to sit back and let it happen. According to research conducted by the MacArthur Foundation Consortium on Successful Aging, genetics account for 30 percent of aging characteristics while lifestyle and environmental factors account for 70 percent. In addition, a recent report in Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives Journals, attributes four simple lifestyle factors – exercising regularly, following a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and never smoking – to dramatically reducing the risk of chronic disease and early death. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Aging Month – Dr. Ebanks – WTNH Connecticut

Posted on 12. Sep, 2009 by import in Broadcast, Media

 

(WTNH 9-12-09) September is Healthy Aging Month and Dr. Desmond Ebanks of Alternity Healthcare in West Hartford tells “Good Morning Connecticut” that “it’s not too late to start getting serious about your health.”

Following these healthy aging tips could very well take years off of your appearance and give you more energy. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, however Dr. Ebanks says it’s important to get your daily dose of sun that contributes to heightened well-being and is essential in producing active vitamin D3 content in the body.

It is also important to eat nutritious foods and balance your diet. You can easily do this by eating fewer processed foods and if you’re not sure about whether or not it’s processed, just take a look at the label.  Buy organic whenever feasible.

Exercising your brain and your body has proven to add years to your life as well; lifting weights is something that you must incorporate into your workout routine. Studies also show that playing mental games like crossword puzzles help fight off cognitive diseases such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. And finally you’ve heard it over and over again, get more sleep and be positive; don’t let negative thoughts get you down.

Take charge of your health this September in honor of National Healthy Aging Month | from The Valley Press

Posted on 10. Sep, 2009 by import in Blog, Media, News Articles

Every day we age. But we don’t have to sit back and let it happen.

According to research conducted by the MacArthur Foundation Consortium in Successful Aging, genetics account for 30 percent of aging characteristics while lifestyle and environmental factors account for 70 percent…

>>>Read the full article from The Valley Press

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