To Your Health
May, 2009 (Vol. 03, Issue 05)
Live the Anti-Aging Lifestyle
In the latest study that validates the anti-aging lifestyle for both extending lifespan and prolonging healthspan, Mark Kaplan, from Portland State University, and colleagues examined the maintenance of exceptionally good health among 2,432 seniors.
They tracked participants' health for a 10-year period (1994 to 2004) and discovered that the most important predictors of excellent health over the entire decade were absence of chronic illness, never having smoked, and drinking alcohol only in moderation. In addition, maintaining a positive outlook and managing stress levels were positive contributors to health with age. According to the research team, the important point here is, "Many of these factors can be modified when you are young or middle-aged. While these findings may seem like common sense, now we have evidence of which factors contribute to exceptional health [as we age]."
Aging poses a costly burden to this nation, in terms of both financial and socioeconomic costs. Anti-aging medicine addresses aging as a treatable condition, aiming to reduce or eliminate the disabilities, diseases and dysfunctions we have grown used to assuming are a part of growing older. Take control of your health destiny today by understanding how your body systems age and what you can do about it. Talk to your doctor for more information on natural ways to maintain health into your golden years.
Top 10 Biological Systems That Decline With Age
- Endocrine system, responsible for the hormonal response
- Immune system, which mounts the body's response to infectious invaders
- Metabolic system, involving age-related physiology changes
- Cardiovascular system, involving the heart and arteries * Gastrointestinal system, affecting absorption of nutrients from food
- Reproductive system, including menopause (in women) and andropause (in men)
- Nervous system, responsible for the body's muscular response to stimuli
- Brain function, including memory and cognition
- Bone/muscular system, involving strength and function
- Sensory system, including the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing
Ronald Klatz, MD, is the president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging (www.worldhealth.net), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, detection and treatment of aging-related disease.
Robert Goldman, MD, is the chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging (www.worldhealth.net), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, detection and treatment of aging-related disease.