WEEK 12, 2010 Health Media NewsBits from Dr. WELLderly
Recent health articles are proof–That an UP-Beat performance that is staged and IN-ACTed can open a cellular pharmacy that dispenses the CHEMISTRY of Health, Happiness & Success. You can bank on IT!
Alzheimer’s disease “a public health crisis”
NBC Nightly News (3/9, story 8, 2:20 Williams) “The Alzheimer’s Association says the number with the disease will jump 50% to 7.7 million in the next two decades unless scientists find a truly effective treatment or a cure.”A high rate of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease probably are linked to increased rates of dementia.”
Dr. WELLderly feels that an individuals Daily Performance (not genetic programing) is mostly responsible for diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease. So, get the healthy, HappyAct together WELL! The sooner the better!
BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH
(Magazine AARP, March/April 2010 by P. M. Doraiswamy, MD)
*“Cognitive Reserve” Helps keep the brain alive. New neurons and neuronal connections are made and stimulated by doing diverse, new and novel neurobic exercise.
*In a study of 2500, 70-79yo, 30% of cognitive strength was maintained or gained, if the person exercised, had an educational degree, was non smoker, worked or volunteered and lived with another person.
- Age has a way of filtering out negative thoughts and bad memories.
- Some suggest that up to 20% of people at autopsy show Alzheimer brain pathology but had no documented memory problems.
Dr. WELLderly suggests that by Neurobic and Aerobic Exercise one can Maintain, Re-gain and Re-train the Brain.
ACT ON the age-less good medicine of Happiness. Self dispense from YOUR cellular pharmacy and Treat YOURSELF WELL.
Exercise may increase longevity, protect against heart disease.
The Wall Street Journal (3/9, Winslow) reports that, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s annual epidemiology and prevention conference, regular exercise may help protect against heart disease and increase longevity.
Dr. WELLderly ponders? How is this NEW news? BUT— the next is—new
Endurance training may increase risk of BP and heart complications.
Bloomberg News (3/13, Thomas) according to the American College of Cardiology meeting, “marathon runners are at risk for high blood pressure and heart complications, as endurance training can stress the cardiovascular system.” Indeed, “moderate exercise has a protective effect and people who don’t exercise have a higher risk of developing heart-related problems.” “But, if you run it too fast for too long, you might burn it out.
Dr. WELLderly suggests don’t exceed the FEED or the SPEED LIMIT if you plan to arrive at age 100, ON TIME! And Keep playing in OVER TIME.
And a WELLderly suggestion, “Don’t BURN OUT either.”
Smokers who quit may experience better arterial health in one year.
NBC Nightly News “big new study…says quitting can improve artery function” and “actually make blood vessels healthier.”— according to the paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, the “benefit was the equivalent of a 14% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease,”
Increasing vitamin D levels may cut heart disease risk.
The Los Angeles Times (3/16, Roan) reports, “Raising the amount of vitamin D in the blood were 33% less likely to have a heart attack, 20% less likely to develop heart failure, and 30% less likely to die between” visits to their physician.
Dr. WELLderly supports the recent interest in the SUNSHINE Vitamin D3. Keep the skin healthy and take a D3 supplement—as a 77yo, I take 4000u/d.
One in six Americans infected with genital herpes.
The New York Times (3/15, D6, Rabin) reported that the latest CDC figures indicate that “one in six Americans aged 14 to 49 are infected with genital herpes, making the virus — herpes simplex 2 — one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.” Individuals infected with genital herpes are at greater risk for” HIV infection.
Dr WELLderly points out: the STD statistic for the WELLderly population is likewise, increasing, alarmingly. Medication for Erectile Disfunction has had a positive impact on senior sexuality, health and happiness but “playing it SAFE” protects against INFLAMMATION causing STD’s.
Light to moderate alcohol intake may be good for the heart.
The Los Angeles Times (3/22, Roan) reports that new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology lends “credence to the idea that light to moderate alcohol intake appears to be good for the heart.” In one report, investigators “analyzed eight studies encompassing 16,351 people with a history of heart disease.” The researchers “found that those consuming five to 10 grams of alcohol per day (about one-half to one drink) had the lowest incidence of death from heart disease and all causes of death.”
Dr. WELLderly, says “CHEERS! I’ll drink to that, in MODERATION!”
Growing number of children now extremely obese.
NBC Nightly News “Startling new numbers tonight on childhood obesity in this country: children ages two through 19 shows a large number are now considered extremely obese and may face a shorter life span than their parents.”
“Without major lifestyle changes, these kids face a 10 to 20 years shorter life span and will develop health problems in their twenties that we typically see in 40-60 year olds.”
Developing obesity prevention recommendations for children five and under.
The New York Times (3/23, Rabin) reports, “More and more evidence points to pivotal events very early in life…that can set young children on an obesity trajectory that is hard to alter by the time they’re in kindergarten.”
If we aspire to Healthy, Happy, WELLderly grand-kids, hide grandma and grandpa’s cookie jar and candy drawer and LIQUIDATE pop, and juice treats. If you say NO, then you’re part of their PROBLEMED future. That’s, mean to say, but TRUE!
Consuming large amounts of fat may raise stroke risk for women over 50.
The AP (2/25, Marchione) reports, “Eating a lot of fat…can significantly raise the risk of stroke for women over 50,” data collected on 87,230 individuals. “Those who ate the most fat had a 44 percent higher risk of the most common type of stroke compared to those who ate the least.” And a “30 percent greater risk of stroke among women eating the most trans fat, which is common in stick margarine, fried foods, crackers, and cookies.”
Dr. Wellderly, suggests that FAT&SALT share “high billing” in most “snack” foods. Along with a caloric beverage, you have the modern FOUR FOOD GROUPS——Sugar, Salt, Grease and a Beverage.
Lower salt consumption may cut cases of heart disease, stroke.
ABC World News (1/20, story) “new research says” cutting salt consumption to “no more than one rounded teaspoon, every day in everything” would “prevent up to 120,000 heart disease cases, 66,000 strokes and save 92,000 lives in this country every single year.”
Dr. WELLderly says, “ Let this shake you up don’t just take it with a grain of salt,
Geriatric experts promote upsides of aging.
Washington Post (2/9, Brown) “getting older has its upside,” and the enjoyment of aging is all about “framework and perspective.” “if you look at aging as a series of losses — strength, hearing, eyesight, friends, time — people will get depressed and see it as a negative.” However, “if they see it as new opportunities, they will embrace it.”
WELLderly WISDOM again confirms “Happiness is an INside Job”.
Sizeable breakfast may lead to lasting weight loss.
The Los Angeles Times (2/2, Stein) Endocrine Society” last year “showed that people who ate a sizable breakfast lost more weight and kept it off, compared with those who ate a small breakfast.” The premise ” eating a heavier meal in the morning that was high in quality carbs and protein would control cravings and tamp down one’s appetite later on in the day.”
Dr. WELLderly’s LIQUIDATION DIET says “stick to and chew on solids”. If you can SWILL it, SPILL it! Liquids do not register as FILLing foods, only as unsatisfying, subversive calories that attack the belt line.