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Fat Kids Have the Arteries of 45 year olds.    
   

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In the same way that we've showed that it is possible to reverse aging the opposite is true. Bad behavior can speed up aging. In a study released this month doctors found that children as young as ten had the fat and cholesterol arterial build up typical of 45 year olds. Arterial blockage is the major cause of heart attack and stroke, the predominant cause of death in the industrialized world.

Geetha Raghuveer, MD a specialist in pediatric cardiology, examined 70 children with ultrasound between the ages of 10 and 16 years old at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She presented the study this month before the American Heart Association. Although many of her subjects were obese, she didn't expect to find that most had both abnormal cholesterol and the arteries of those thirty years older.

These children were also at greater risk of developing Type II diabetes, which has increased dramatically in kids over the last decade. A third of American children are overweight, while one fifth are obese. As presented in "Reverse Aging Now," an improvement in diet and exercise can work wonders at combating premature aging. The sooner you begin, the quicker you'll see measurable results.

 
                                     
reverse aging We've reached the heart of the eating season. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Year's it's all too easy to pack on extra fat. In fact most of us will gain 7 pounds during this period. Sadly, most of us will never take it off. Here are a few tips to maintain your weight. Weigh yourself daily. When you see the pounds creep on, cut back immediately. Don't wait for a New Year's resolution. Favor high protein and high fiber foods over highly sugared carbohydrates. You won't get hungry as fast. Make sure that you still exercise daily. If you can't fit in your usual half hour, squeeze in ten minutes. Every calorie burned helps. Drink less booze. Not only is alcohol highly caloric, it will lower your inhibitions. Shun the egg nog in favor of wine or a cocktail with a low cal mixer like soda. Finally, don't feel that you must take seconds to prove the food is tasty. Eat slowly, savoring each bite and you'll enjoy your meal as much, while consuming far less.

The big anti-aging news of the month was that in a study of 18,000 people, people who took statins found their risk of heart attack cut in half, even though they did not have either high cholesterol or a heart disease. The study was conducted in men over 50 and women over 60 who had excessive high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, or CRP which indicated an inflammation in the body. The study was presented before the American Heart Association and published in the online Journal of the New England Journal of Medicine. Paul M. Ridker, MD, of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital was the lead researcher in the study.

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Closer analysis shows that only 1.8 % of the subjects on a placebo had a major cardiovascular problem during the study while just 0.9 % of the statin users did. In relative terms the risk did drop by 50%. In absolute terms looking at the entire study cohort, the risk dropped by less than 1%, a far less dramatic finding. Those without high CRP were excluded from the study.

$20 billion was spent in the United States on cholesterol lowering drugs last year. Statins are the most widely taken drugs in the world, but as cardiologist Richard M. Fleming says in the anti-aging documentary, "Reverse Aging Now," "It doesn't make sense to fight the ill effects caused by putting something bad into you body, by putting something else into your body. Begin by not putting the bad into your body." It's good advice.

Statins are not magic bullets. Even Dr. Ridker of the statin study urged that patients change their diets and lifestyles before resorting to medical cholesterol intervention. Lipitor and the like are good medicines for those with high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, but there are more natural ways to control risk factors for stroke and heart attack in healthy individuals.


For baseball fans suffering withdrawal from their daily dose of games, turn to the hot stove player trading season. One of the more inspirational free agents shopping his services is 46 year old former Philadelphia pitcher Jamie Moyer, who had a record of 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA this past season. Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league history to debut in a World Series game on October 25th when he pitched 6 1/3 innings in a quality start against the Tampa Bay Rays, a game which the Phillies won. Moyer's opponent that day was 24 year Matt Garza who could barely talk at the age of 2 when Moyer made his first major league start. Moyer is now the oldest active player in the major leagues and remains in great shape. Where will the World Champion pitcher ply his trade next season? Expect him to pitch for a competitor.

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There's good news out of the University of Southern California, about the possibility of using stem cells to regrow teeth. Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD, has discovered mesenchymal stem cells in his child's baby tooth pulp and is working to coax these cells into regenerating periodontal tissue, tooth roots, and crowns. The best thing about using your own stem cells to grow replacement parts for your body is that unlike dealing with a transplant, your body will not reject the new tissue since it's genetically identical to your own.

                               
   

The suicide rate in the US has been climbing, but the surprising news is that it's not due to an increase from emotionally charged adolescents or people confronting diminished capacity at life's end. Middle aged adults, between the ages of 40 and 64 are ending their lives in greater number than ever. For this demographic, suicide has climbed 16% in less than a decade. Susan P. Baker, ScD, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, has no explanation for her findings. Most of the increase is in white women, and white men, followed by black women. Black middle aged men fared far better with a suicide increase of only 5%.

In "Reverse Aging Now," cardiologist Dean Ornish, MD explains that too many Americans today suffer from what he terms emotional heart disease. For a contrast, we visited Okinawa, the island home of the world's longest lived people. There we saw a society where the elders are more active and happier than those in the United States, thanks to not only exercise and diet, but strong social and spiritual support.

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Enjoy a Hearty Beef Stew. As winter approaches, it's great to end the work day with a serving of warming, healthy stew. Here's a favorite recipe that combines the taste of beef and the immune boosting action of shitake mushrooms, with the anti-prostate and breast cancer benefits of tofu, as well as cabbage which is loaded with the anti-cancer agent sulforaphane. Best of all it's low calorie and tastes great.

When considering holiday presents for loved ones, give a gift that can help people lead longer healthier, happier lives. Consider sharing 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. We can reverse aging's signs and symptoms and then slow it down. Give people about whom you care longer, richer lives.

To see how one middle aged man is applying these principles 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. 2008 Checkmate Pictures - Paul M. J. Suchecki, Editor

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