Cloris Leachman Health Tips For Women

November 16, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Linda Sherman interviews actress Cloris Leachman. Story at shortly. http Health and Wellness Wisdom. Reward Yourself. Value of Music. Importance of eating well. Interview courtesy of Network Solutions at BlogWorld 2011. Twitter: @LindaSherman @Cloris_Leachman Video by Ray Gordon

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How To Exercise Effectively for Weight Loss – Fitness

August 11, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! – Fitness Expert & Weight Loss Coach, Jill Rodriguez gives a demonstration of exercises found in her eBook, 5 Tips For An Effective Workout B.

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To live long and stay healthy

September 15, 2010 by  
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My kids‘ great-grandma on their Dad’s side is turning 90 this coming Friday. 90!!! She lived through the Second World War, brought up 2 children while working full time, and has enjoyed the company of 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. And she still lives in her own apartment, cooks for herself and for the younger generations that come by to visit her from time to time. For me, this is so mind-boggling that somebody can live that long, and still be independent and self-sufficient. True, she suffers from certain age-related problems like sleep and digestion problems and she has seen her friends and others of her generation die one by one. But her heart is beating strongly and her brain is far from being senile. And she is mobile, even if rather slow.

Every time we go and visit Ur-Oma as we call her in German, I always wonder about my own longevity. My own parents lived till their 70s but during the last few years of their lives, they were bedridden, and my mom even had dementia. Will I live as long as Great Grandma without disability?

Germany, with a life expectancy of 80 years, is among the top 25 countries when it comes to longevity of its population, according to the most longevity of its population, according to the most recent statistics from the World Health Organization. Yet, living up to 90 in this country is pretty remarkable, so remarkable that our Great-Grandma will be visited by the pastor and the local mayor this coming Friday, who will personally congratulate her on behalf of the congregation and the town.

I am happy to observe that unlike the elderly of Japan who live alone, unattended, and unaccounted, most senior citizens in Europe are well-taken care of. In our local weekly newspaper here in a small Swiss town where we live, the birthday greetings for senior citizens share the same page with the obituaries. And the former usually outnumbers the latter.

You would say that such an observation highlights the problems facing our developed society: aging population and skyrocketing health care costs, low birth rate and negative population growth.

According to German and Danish researchers on aging issues:

“Increasing numbers of people at old and very old ages will pose major challenges for health-care systems. Present evidence, however, suggests that people are not only living longer than they did previously, but also they are living longer with less disability and fewer functional limitations.”

The last statement is the silver lining to cloud of impending demographic crisis that experts are warning us about. Living long should not enough. Like Great Grandma, living to a very ripe age and still be healthy and sound in body and mind should be our goal in mind. Happy Birthday, Ur-Oma!

Do you have what it takes to be a centenarian?

July 12, 2010 by  
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Why do some people live to be hundred while some do not even get to celebrate their 60th birthday? Is it nature or nurture? Scientists believe it is a combination of the influence of environmental factors (i.e. lifestyle choices) and genetic factors that leads to healthy aging. American researchers investigated the extent of the genetic contribution by conducting a genetic study of people with exceptional longevity – a total of 1055 people 100 years or older and are still healthy – and compared them to 1267 people with normal longevity.

The study results showed that most of the centenarians (77%) have genetic variations specific for longevity, something which we can consider a “genetic signature of exceptional longevity.”

According to study researcher Dr. Paola Sebastiani of Boston University:

Our genetic profile … is essentially a picture, and one can interpret this picture in terms of how many exceptional longevity variants a person carries in his genetic code.”

The longevity genes seem to be most common among people of European descent, 15% whom have a 50% likelihood of living up to 100 years. Gender, too, plays a role. 85% of those who are 100 years or older are females.

But the role of the environment and lifestyle should not be underestimated. Despite the genetic predisposition to live long, only 0.016% of people in many developed countries live to be 100. The authors believe that the ingredients of the right lifestyle choices, the right environment, and plain luck are also needed to complement the genes.

According to Dr. Thomas T. Perls, head of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University:

“If 15% of people have an increased probability of living to 100, and they are not hit by a bus or killed in a war, maybe they get to fulfill that. Now maybe these people need not to smoke and not to be obese and to have other lifestyle factors as well. So a lot goes into the question of whether 15% of the population will go on to be 100 or not.”

What about age-related diseases? The researchers found that the likelihood of centenarians to suffer from diseases that comes with aging such as dementia, diabetes, hypertension and stroke. However, their longevity genes seem to cancel out the risk for these diseases so that these diseases occur only much, much later in life.

So far, 150 genetic variants have been linked to healthy aging.

What about a longevity genetic test?

Dr Perls replies:

“Is a test for exceptional longevity ready for prime time? I think a lot more study needs to be done as to what guidance doctors and others can give. What do you do when you’re told you absolutely don’t have the signature for exceptional longevity? Do you go and do a lot of risk-taking behaviors and say, ‘Well, I’m hanging it up’? Or does it give you an impetus to take all the more care of yourself and to recognize that you may well fall into the 23% of individuals who don’t have the signature but very well could go on to be 100?”

Would you want to know if you have the longevity gene?

Live long or die young: it’s all about cardiovascular risk factors

September 21, 2009 by  

hourglassMany people would give anything to live longer. However, what many of us are not aware of is that certain lifestyle factors can actually either add to or shave 10 years off our lifespan. Ten years – that’s a decade! Or even more.

This study by UK researchers at Oxford looked at 18,863 men who were part of the British Whitehall study. The participants were aged 40 to 69 who were working as civil servants in London. They were followed up, filled out questionnaires on medical history, smoking habits, employment grades, and marital status and underwent a medical exam that measured blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose concentrations, and height and weight. The study started between 1967 and 1970, and followed up the participants for 38 years.

The results of the study showed that three cardiovascular risk factors in middle age – smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels – are increase the likelihood of vascular mortality by 3-fold. In addition, non-vascular death is also two times higher among those with these risk factors, and their life expectancy is shortened by 10 years. When looking at more extreme categorization of risk factors, the researchers found that factors like body-mass index (BMI), diabetes mellitus/glucose intolerance, and employment grade can even shorten lifespan by up to 15 years.

According to the researchers

“Continued public-health strategies to lower mean levels of the three main cardiovascular risk factors, together with more intensive medical treatment for ‘high-risk’ subgroups, including use of medication to lower blood pressure and cholesterol concentration, which have proven efficacy, could result in further improvements in life expectancy.”

The findings of the UK study agree with another study conducted in the US, viewed from another perspective.  The study, which was part of the Physician’s Health Study, reported that the absence of the same risk factors listed above leads to exceptional longevity and better health status and quality of life at old age. The study concluded that

Modifiable healthy behaviors during early elderly years, including smoking abstinence, weight management, blood pressure control, and regular exercise, are associated not only with enhanced life span in men but also with good health and function during older age.

So you decide: what is it going to be: live longer or die younger. It is your choice.

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