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  Spikes in Blood Sugar Can Worsen Your Memory    

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Cognitive decline appears to be an inevitable result of aging, but a recent study points to excess glucose as an accelerating factor. Spikes in blood sugar diminished blood flow to the dentate gyrus, a part of the brain within the hippocampus that has a role in retaining memories. Blood flow is an indicator of metabolic activity. Researchers used high resolution magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, in 240 elderly subjects to track the effect.

Even a moderate level of excessive blood sugar can be detrimental, with the results worsening as a subject ages, since glucose tolerance declines with age. The research was conducted at the National Institute of Aging published in the December 2008 issue of the Annals of Neurology.

Hippocampus (yellow) - courtesy NIMH

To help forestall memory problems, cut way back on sweets and alcohol, consuming neither on an empty stomach.

Another remedy would be to avoid all refined carbohydrates and adopt a low glycemic diet, a concept fully explored by Robert Atkins, MD , Nicholas Perricone, MD, Alan Mintz, MD, and Barry Sears, PhD in the documentary "Reverse Aging Now,"

The study's lead investigator Scott Small, MD of Columbia University Medical Center, suggests that ramping up physical activity as we age can have a positive effect on the phenomenon, since exercise has been shown to increase glucose tolerance.

In addition to producing increasing the risk for coronary artery disease, excessive blood sugar has been linked to the onset of type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have found that diabetes increases the rate of a body's physical aging, including dementia risk and dysfunction in the dentate gyrus.


Lean muscle mass helps fight cancer, according to a new study in Lancet Oncology. Researchers at the University of Alberta scanned the bodies of 250 obese cancer patients. Those with the lowest percentage of lean muscle mass died an average of 10 months earlier than the others after controlling for other variables. Prior studies have showed that people who exercise are at lower risk for breast and colon cancer.

Vickie Baracos, PhD was the lead researcher of the study. She wasn’t sure that lifting weights to build muscle mass after a cancer diagnosis would help fight the disease, but thought it might help, and suggested that it could be the subject of her next experiment.



A study, published in the December 16, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that followers of a low glycemic diet are better at controlling Type 2 diabetes than those adhering to a traditional anti-diabetic high fiber diet. Both diets were low in saturated fat and trans fat, with dieters told to eat five servings of vegetables and three of fruit daily. While the high fiber dieters ate whole grain foods instead of refined carbohydrates, followers of the low-glycemic diet also included beans, peas, lentils, and nuts, foods converted more slowly to glucose due to their higher protein and unsaturated fat content.

Those on the low glycemic index diet also improved their cholesterol profile, an important result since men with type 2 diabetes have double the heart attack risk compared to others, while women run four times the risk. 210 patients with Type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to one of the two groups. Results were tracked over six months. David J. A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, DSc of the University of Toronto was the lead author of the study.


Enjoy Healthy New England Clam Chowder. In the heart of winter few dishes are as satisfying as New England Clam Chowder. In the Reverse Aging Now kitchen we've replaced the traditional bacon, butter and cream with heart healthy olive oil and a complex bouquet of spices that tastes great while providing a rich source of nutrition in a calorie effective blend, the key to eating well to reverse aging.

With the new year, take the first step in a quest to lead a longer healthier, happier life. Order the 2007 Telly Award Winning feature length documentary, "Reverse Aging Now." Each DVD includes an Interactive Longevity Workbook with over 100 pages of material for viewers to track their progress. This is not science fiction. It is fact, presented by leading authorities. We can reverse aging's signs and symptoms and then slow it down. Making a genuine change in your life takes motivation. The baby boomers and seniors featured here are truly inspirational.

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Getting enough sleep can reduce artery calcification, a risk factor for heart disease. The phenomenon was noted in 495 healthy men and women between the ages 35 to 47, followed for five years. The results were tracked through CT Scans and reported in the December 24, 2008 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Diane Lauderdale, PhD of the University of Chicago is the senior author of the study. The average night's sleep in the group was just over six hours, but those who averaged an extra hour reduced their risk of artery calcification by a third.

Click here to see a video about how Carolisa Pomerantz, the Associate Producer of "Reverse Aging Now" unexpectedly learned about the calcification of her own arteries through a CT Scan,

Last February, in Reverse Aging News, we compared the costs of healthy eating with consuming junk food. Not surprisingly, per calorie, junk food was far cheaper. As a healthy low cost option, Brie Cadman has compiled this list of twenty healthy foods for less than a dollar that are well worth sharing, in these times of economic hardship.

1. Oats are rich in fiber, and can help reduce cholesterol.
2. Eggs are filled with protein and if hard boiled are only 80 calories each.
3. Kale is one of the least expensive greens. It sells for less than a buck a bunch.
4. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Eat with the skins on.
5 Apples are rich in pectin and have a much deserved health reputation.
6. Some nuts like cashews can be quite expensive, but shelled peanuts are high in protein and healthy fat and can be found for a buck a bag.
7. Bananas run about 25 cents each, and are laden with potassium.
8. Garbanzo Beans are cheaper when ground as meal. Add olive oil for hummus. Any bean is reasonably price for the nutrition it packs.
9. Broccoli: You can easily buy a day's supply of this cancer fighting cruciferous vegetable for less than a dollar.
10. Watermelons cost more than $1 but the cost per serving drops to 20 cents.
11. Wild and Brown Rice are better than the white grains. You can eat a week's worth for a dollar.
12. Beets are packed in nutrients and you can find a day's supply for less than a buck.
13. In season, Butternut Squash with Vitamin A, costs less than a dollar a pound.
14. Whole Grain Pasta is packed with B vitamins, and has a nuttier flavor than that made from refined grains.
15. Sardines have little mercury, and are rich in heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.
16. Spinach makes a great stir fry in olive oil and garlic. It tastes better and is more nutritious than iceberg lettuce in a salad.
17. Tofu is cheaper per calorie of protein than beef and is far healthier for you.
18. Milk can still be had for less than a dollar a pint. Go for 1% fat, for taste. It still offers far less saturated fat than whole milk or cream.
19. Pumpkin Seeds are expensive, unless you save them when you carve a pumpkin. Then they are dirt cheap and can be readily roasted in the oven. Finally -
20. Coffee: If you buy the best and prepare it yourself a good cup of joe will still run you less than 50 cents.

To see how one middle-aged man is applying anti-aging precepts to his own life, go to Anti-Aging Diary.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.

Reverse Aging News c. 2009 Checkmate Pictures - Paul M. J. Suchecki, Editor

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