Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Health and Longevity Redux

In my most recent blog post prior to this one, I noted that Pharmexa was testing a possible cancer vaccine, referencing an earlier blog post of mine which asserted that the lengthening of telomeres on the ends of DNA strands would soon provide a cure for old age by rejuvenating old but healthy cells. I remain intrigued by issues of health and longevity, and my blog posts will probably continue to reflect this preoccupation for quite some time. Indeed, I find it quite odd that anyone would not be interested in living longer and healthier.

Inheriting a good set of genes at the moment of conception is the key ingredient to health and longevity, followed by prenatal care; once we leave the womb, the variables of nutrition and exercise are the most important ones to control, as they can level the playing field for most people and stave off the onset of genetically programmed senescence. To this end, the medical community has been slowly moving towards the principles first espoused by Nathan Pritikin in the 1950s - i.e., a diet low in protein, even lower in fat, and rich in complex carbohydrates, along with 20 to 40 minutes of daily aerobic exercise.

To be sure, Pritikin's original prescription for health and longevity should be supplemented by resistance exercise and nutritional supplements. To wit, when it comes to nutrition, many health problems seem to be rooted in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Even in the absence of a nutritional deficiency, all sorts of health benefits can be obtained from nutritional supplements, blurring the lines between nutrition and medicine.

  • A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people in Japan who drank five or more cups of green tea a day cut their overall death rate by 16 percent compared to those who drank less than one cup of green tea day. Moreover, the green tea drinkers were even less likely to die from cardiovascular disease: 22 percent less with men; 31 percent with women.

  • A study published in Epidemiology and Infection theorized that Vitamin D deficiency explained the seasonal nature of influenza and that supplementation of Vitamin D could prevent such an epidemic by boosting people's immune systems.

    The list goes on and on.

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