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Simple Secrets to Living Better, Longer


Dr. Roger Garcia, Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Columbus says extending your life is as easy as changing your diet, “We know that we can increase the life of the telomeres through various nutraceuticals.” Several research theories suggest that these foods can play a role in lengthening telomeres and, therefore extending your life.

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Diet Secrets for a Longer Life

Longevity vs Inflammation

Longevity vs. Inflammation. This is the “Rumble in the Jungle,” the MAC vs PC – a battle of true superpowers. The outcome of this continual confrontation will determine your destiny. Will it be cardiovascular disease, stroke, colon cancer or maybe… you’ll literally lose your mind. At this point, the method of your demise doesn’t matter (later it will). What does matter, however, is your ability to modify the outcome of this parable.

Studies have provided convincing evidence that chronic inflammatory disease is associated with increased mortality. Essentially, chronic inflammatory conditions result in you dying sooner. By dying, I mean death by all causes. By sooner, I mean prematurely. Thus, inflammation is continuously at war with longevity.

An additional thorn is that some inflammation is sub-clinical. That means you may not even know you live with this festering problem. Like a sleeper-cell terrorist living in our midst, inflammation is planning your demise. What you need here is the greatest weapon of all – knowledge and intelligence.

Directed and purposeful lab testing can identify many of the hidden sources of inflammation within your body. A well devised attack planned by your BodyLogicMD physician can then put this inflammation back in check. Yet some early and dangerous inflammation still will evade modern reconnaissance missions. So what to do but die slowly? Inflammation wins!!

Not so fast, there’s a few laps left in this race. Our last chance here rests purely on our medical knowledge. Let’s think, why does aspirin, given in cardiovascular disease, decrease mortality? Because it thins your blood… BZZZZ! Not necessarily. The effect is also, and possibly more so, associated with it’s anti-inflammatory effect.

So, how about a good plan for anti-inflammatory supplemention? Perhaps, EVERYONE should be on one… But what would that plan consist of? Here’s a hint. … and then some… hey, this is a blog, not a textbook :)

The Healthiest Diet

The Healthiest Diet

Ever wonder what is the healthiest way to eat? What is the best ‘diet’?

Studies show that men living in the Mediterranean have the lowest incidence of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and the longest life expectancy!

The Mediterranean diet can also decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s by 68%! Not only will the Mediterranean diet lower your risk of dementia, it will also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, and help lower inflammation in your blood vessels.

What is the Mediterranean diet?
It emphasizes whole-grains that are not refined, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, fish, olive oil, and red wine. Are you getting hungry yet? It is low in saturated and trans fats, discourages refined sugars and processed foods and is high in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.

To learn more about the healthiest diet, check out Michael Ozner’s, ‘Miami Mediterranean Diet.’

-Anita Petruzzelli, M.D., Hartford bioidentical hormones expert

7 steps to aging gracefully

While no one wants to grow old, instead of focusing on aging the focus should be on aging well. The following steps can help you make your way through the aging process with grace.

 1 Balance Your Hormones
Hormones are the body’s messengers that transport information from the brain to the glands, from the glands to the cells and from the cells to the brain. Hormones rejuvenate, regenerate and restore our bodies. Hormones decline as we age every year after the age of 30 and do not regenerate, producing fewer hormones with each passing year. As we age, it becomes increasingly important for both men and women to keep their hormones balanced to protect against fatigue, mood swings, disease, obesity and to enjoy an overall healthier sense of well being.

2 Manage Stress
You can manage your stress levels by getting more sleep and learning conscious relaxation techniques. Choose a mindfulness practice such as meditation or yoga, or simply just slowing down.

3 Stay Active and Incorporate Interval Training
Scientific evidence shows that almost any kind of regular physical activity—running, walking, biking, yoga, or even gardening— provides tremendous benefits for your body and your mind as you age.  Doing the same exercise routine at the same intensity level every day makes your body “bored” and causes the dreaded workout plateau.  Throw a curveball into your routine with interval training, which involves varying the intensity of your workout throughout your exercise session. 

 4 Stay Connected
As you age, keeping in close contact with your family, friends, and community will help you maintain strong psychological and physical health.

5 Eat Smart
What you eat will have an enormous impact on your overall health and longevity.

6 Supplements
While it is most important to eat foods rich in vitamins and nutrients, you can support your body by increasing your intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

7 Sleep Well
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to feeling rested and rejuvenated each morning.

 Related information:  

WebMD’s 8 steps to take today to live healthy

Dr. Oz reveals how to live till you’re 125

Worldhealth’s Lifestyle Tips

AMA met to set advocacy agenda for upcoming year

The AMA’s 543-member policy-making House of Delegates met in Chicago, to set its advocacy agenda for the coming year.  It’s unusual for a non-physician, let alone a U.S. president, to address AMA House of Delegates meetings, but President Obama was seeking committee support for his national health-care reform plan.

“The cost of our health care is a threat to our economy,” he said. “It is an escalating burden on our families and businesses. It’s a ticking time-bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America,” stated Obama.

If more people in this country, not only in the AMA, but the FDA as well, were concerned about preventive medicine and preventing disease, we might not be in the serious predicament we are now faced with as a nation. We need the government to recognize and support alternative therapies and approaches to health care before any reform could actually work.

A few of our expert physicians weigh in on the subject:

Dr. Michael Grossman of BodyLogicMD of IrvineMichael Grossman, MD of BodyLogicMD, Irvine, California

Did you know that the fifth best selling prescription medicine in Germany is Ginkgo Biloba? In the United States, we unfortunately do not consider herbs and nutrients as a real part of any medical treatment.  We do not ensure the potency of the medicine and supplements and many medical doctors dismiss the value of natural prescriptions.
 
However, integrating natural approaches with interventional surgery and prescription synthetic medicines is critical to reduce the cost of medicine in the United States. Furthermore, restricting MD’s to spending 6 minutes per visit is not making a preventive approach a realistic option – which is one of the main reasons I chose to leave traditional medicine. As a BodyLogicMD specialist, I spend a minimum of 1 hour with each of my patients to fully evaluate their medical history, nutrition choices, and lifestyle.  Based on their lab work results, I prescribe a customized preventive program for each of my patients that includes bioidentical hormone therapy along with a personalized nutrition and fitness program.

Dr. Travis Deuson of BodyLogicMD of EncinoTravis Deuson, MD BodyLogicMD, Encino California
 
My goal as a physician is to help my patients prevent disease and live a balanced and healthy life. Balancing hormones and providing guidance for lifestyle changes help my patients achieve optimum health and wellness. My patients feel better and have more energy.  They eat, sleep, and exercise better. These benefits are synergistic and I frequently see improvements in family relationships, overall health, and work productivity. I tell my patients that while the goal is to live well and not necessarily longer, increased longevity may be a by-product of an improved lifestyle.

Living Longer, Better: Aging Gracefully with Bioidentical Hormones

As life expectancy climbs a little bit every generation, a shift has been made from focusing on how to live longer, better.  The thoughts of nursing homes, wheel chairs and oxygen tanks scare us as we age.  At what point does quality of life supersede quantity of life?  We don’t want to die young and we don’t want to be a burden.

The good news is that aging isn’t the same for us as it was for our parents or grandparents; we have options.   Science is finally focusing on how to maintain quality of life at the same time as procuring quantity of life.  They call it anti-aging medicine and natural bioidentical hormones are among the most exciting prospect in the industry.

In a recent article on WorldHealth.net titled “Bio-Identical Hormones, Oprah and Some Important Facts,” Dr. Sangeeta Pati, an expert in the field of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy discussed the risk of bioidenticals, the lack of long-term research on bioidenticals and compounding pharmacies in relation to Oprah Winfrey’s recent shows on the topic.  Within this article, Dr. Pati makes the following points:

  • Hormonal imbalances contribute to the risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart attack.
  • The FDA has approved over 20 bioidentical hormone products.
  • Compounding pharmacies are great sources for bioidentical hormone doses that are not available from other pharmacies.

If you listen to one thing Oprah has stated about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, it is this:  take control and do your research. 

To read Dr. Pati’s complete article, click here.

Patient Testimonial for Dr. Steve Center BodyLogicMD San Diego

Rob M., patient of Dr. Center of BodyLogicMD San Diego, speaks on his positive experience on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  BodyLogicMD’s Dr. Center treats Rob M. for a hormonal imbalance and has brought back his “vitality, health and happiness.”  We’ll let Rob M. say the rest:

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BodyLogicMD’s Top 10 Health Tips for 2009

As we start the New Year, we wanted to share our Top 10 tips for overall health, wellness and balance. BodyLogicMD highly trained anti-aging physicians recommend this concise list of health tips to their patients to serve as a guideline to improve the quality and longevity of their lives.

1.    Balance Your Hormones:  Your hormones are vital components in just about every bodily function.  An imbalance can cause serious symptoms and health issues, ranging from fatigue to hypothyroidism.  Getting your hormone levels checked and balanced with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you live better, longer.

 

2.    Increase Vitamin D intake:  The health benefits of vitamin D are becoming increasingly apparent.  This vitamin is linked to bone health, heart health, muscle performance, nerve function and the prevention and treatment of some cancers.  So, drink your milk, eat your egg yolks and consume fish (like salmon) to find natural sources of this important supplement.  While vitamin D can be obtained through sun exposure, experts say that it is better to take supplements.  BodyLogicMD expert anti-aging physicians will likely prescribe pharmaceutical grade vitamins, nutrients and minerals as part of a customized nutrition plan.  By using pharmaceutical grade vitamins and supplements, you can be assured you are getting the very best in quality.

 

3.    Exercise:  What goes in must come out!  Losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution, and there really are no shortcuts.  For optimal health and weight loss, exercise should make up an hour of your daily routine.  Exercise can include any activity that makes you break a sweat, including all sports.  Mix up your exercise routine every 4 weeks to avoid muscle memory.  Studies show that people who lead a life filled with exercise live the longest and have the lowest incidence of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and mental deterioration! 

 

4.    Eat Less, More Often:  Eat five portion-controlled meals a day.  So in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, have a snack in between.  The idea is to keep your sugar levels balanced throughout the day, extreme highs and lows hurt your metabolism!  The best foods include white meat (like chicken and fish), colored vegetables (not white), hard fruits (if it crunches, it’s good for you!) and some liquid fat (olive oil, fish oil) or nuts.  Good nutrition and exercise is key to optimal health and well-being.

 

5.    Keep Hydrated:  It’s been said again and again, you need to drink water and lots of it. A minimum of eight 8 ounce glasses a day is required. Water is necessary for so many body functions and yet most of us barely drink one glass a day.  Not drinking enough water deprives your cells of the fluid they need, in turn causing fatigue.  Coffee, soda and energy drinks dehydrate your body and actually lead to lower energy levels.  Water is the original energy drink; it helps you maintain energy, lose weight and stay healthy.  Green tea is also a good choice.

 

6.    Sleep:  This one is easy and enjoyable!  Your body needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.  Getting proper amounts of sleep make you feel better during the day and even help you lose weight.  Sleep is one of those secrets of health and longevity!

 

7.    Relieve Stress: When your body is stressed, your adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol to manage the stress on your body.  Too much cortisol can lead to adrenal fatigue, which can cause malfunctions to other hormones in your body. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga can help you relieve stress. When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity.

 

8.    Keep in touch with Your Body:  Don’t skip those annual doctor’s visits, too many diseases show few if any symptoms.  It’s worth the time to make sure you won’t be blindsided with a serious medical condition.  This also means keeping up with your cancer screenings; mammograms, prostate and colorectal.  Having regular bone density screenings after the age of 40 is also suggested.  Annually measuring hormone levels and keeping them balanced by an expertly trained hormone doctor can also help prevent disease and even some cancers.

 

9.    An Aspirin a Day:  As long as your doctor hasn’t told you to avoid it, middle-aged adults can benefit from simply taking one aspirin every day.  It can help you avoid strokes and heart attacks.  This inexpensive tip with has big benefits.

 

10. Take Time for Yourself!  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you should set aside 20 minutes every day for you.  Many of us lead stressful lives and this can throw off our hormone levels and lead to serious health problems.  So take a relaxing bath, catch up on your favorite book or take a peaceful walk; get away for a little while and take care of you.

 

Wishing you low stress, good health, and great success in 2009!