Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based Medicine Approach
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Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach
Optimal health, wellness and anti-aging research using evidence-based medicine.
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Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
We tend to soothe ourselves with sugar-laden foods when we're feeling strained. But they may make us feel even worse. Protein and omega-3s, on the other hand, can help reduce stress, researchers say.
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Are you an emotional eater??

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Vitamin D May Help Extend Crohns Remission

Vitamin D May Help Extend Crohns Remission | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
According to a study published in the United European Gastroenterology Journal, vitamin D supplementation may prolong remission in Crohns disease.
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Another study showing the benefit of vitamin D.

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Dairy implicated in prostate cancer mortality.

Dairy implicated in prostate cancer mortality. | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Another study implicating dairy with cancer mortality, this time in prostate cancer.

 

Dairy intake after prostate cancer diagnosis in relation to disease-specific and total...Int J Cancer. 2015 May 20. doi: 10.1002/ijc.29608. [Epub ahead of print]NCBI.NLM.NIH.GOV|BY YANG M , ET AL. 

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Healing Art

Healing Art | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
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For some more healing art check out Leanne Venier and her international renowned artwork with much more information on color and healing http://www.catalyticcolor.com/anti-aging-stress-reducing-e…/
‪#‎healingArt‬

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Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads

Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
The prevalence of diabetes has been rising in rich countries for several decades, largely driven by increases in the rate of obesity. More recently, poorer countries have begun to follow the trend.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Chronic disease like diabetes will become the largest health care issues in the world.  There is no doubt many of these such as adult onset diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are tied to obesity and poor lifestyle choices.

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Many Physicians Not Following Recs to Limit PreOp Tests

Many Physicians Not Following Recs to Limit PreOp Tests | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Findings from a firstofitskind study in JAMA Internal Medicine indicate that despite recommendations from professional organizations to limit certain routine tests before elective surgery, rates of several preoperative tests have not changed over a 14year period.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Inappropriate test utilization in all areas of medicine contributes to  out of control health care costs.  The authors suggest emphasis on this in training, which is a great concept, but not widely included in physician training. In a recent study, Cleveland Clinic, saved over $2 million dollars a year in cost focusing on over utilization of a few common tests. 

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Not Even Exercise May Fix the Damage of a Bad Diet

Not Even Exercise May Fix the Damage of a Bad Diet | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Although physical activity is important for health, a healthy diet is essential for weight loss and regular exercise may not make up for a poor diet.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Metabolic syndrome is the insidious abnormality that leads to adult onset diabetes.  It is time we become aware of the cause, high  carbohydrate diets, often high in refined sugar.  In other words, the standard American diet (SAD).

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How Green tea and Chocolate protect your health

How Green tea and Chocolate protect your health | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Mechanism by which polyphenols present in green tea, apples and cocoa may ward off chronic diseases, is revealed
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Green tea, chocolate, apples-all good for your health. Now a study shows they act by a common mechanism in reducing risk of chronic diseases

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Many health impacts of aging are due to inactivity—not getting old

Many health impacts of aging are due to inactivity—not getting old | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
This past winter I taught a course titled 'Physical Activity and Aging.' It was a fun course, and really drove home an issue that I've known for a while, but hadn't previously given a lot of thought: the impact of aging is identical to the detraining that happens in response to reduced physical activity ...
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Tomorrow's post tonight!.  Aging is inevitable, its how you want to do it that is up to you.  Think of frailty (bad) or activity(good).  In medicine we can plot a curve of function vs age and see a slow decline, until death.  What we would like to see is a flat line or plateau into old age with a sudden brief decline at death.  This attainable and keeping active is a major component.  Remember losing muscle as we age results in frailty. As this article points out it can be a vicious cycle, so start now, no matter your age, and be more active.

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Animal Protein Prevents Functional Decline in Older Men

Animal Protein Prevents Functional Decline in Older Men | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Among older men, higher intake of protein, particularly animal protein, is associated with lower risk of decline in higherlevel functional capacity.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

In a large study higher animal protein intake was associated with better performance in older men.  This may in some way ultimately be related to sarcopenia, which is wasting of muscle as we age.  This leads to functional decline and the typical frail old person, which can have serious medical consequences. Resistance exercise (weight bearing), even beginning at older ages, is also effective in preventing loss of muscle and functional decline.

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A cup of green tea and a jog could prevent or slow down dementia

A cup of green tea and a jog could prevent or slow down dementia | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Mice allowed to exercise after being given green tea extract showed 'remarkable' improvement in cognitive function and memory retention, the University of Missouri study found.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Green tea is one of my top 5!  It contains lots of potent and healthy anti-oxidants that have impact on weight, blood pressure and memory.  A new study from the of Missouri shows that exercise combined with green tea is even more beneficial.

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Warfarin Dosing Requirements May Differ By Race

Warfarin Dosing Requirements May Differ By Race | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Findings from a recent study suggests that clinical and genetic factors affecting warfarin dose requirements differ by race.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

This is an important point and applies to many drugs that are commonly prescribed.  This is called pharmacogenomics and is due to genetic variants in enzymes that metabolize drugs.  This is a growing area in personalized medicine and is actually very common.  Some drugs that are commonly affected are anti-depressants, warfarin, plavix and some chemotherapy drugs.  Up to 1/3 of patients on plavix, may be sub responders or resistant and not be getting the effect they think.  The reverse is true also and some are hyper-metabolizers that may alter drug dosing. If your taking some of these common drugs, discuss this issue with your doctor and see if testing is right for you.

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Dietary curcumin may boost brain DHA: Study

Dietary curcumin may boost brain DHA: Study | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Increased intake of curcumin could boost levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the brain by enhancing its conversion from other omega-3 precursors in the liver, say researchers.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Curcumin is a component of turmeric, a spice commonly used in curry and Indian food.  It is a potent anti-inflammatory, has anti-tummor activity and now may play a role in DHA metabolism.  See the link at the bottom for the original article for all the details.

Curcumin is one my top five supplements!. Stick around to see what the others are!

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F.D.A. Sets 2018 Deadline to Rid Foods of Trans Fats

F.D.A. Sets 2018 Deadline to Rid Foods of Trans Fats | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Health experts said the elimination of artery-clogging, artificial trans fats from the food supply would save thousands of lives a year.
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After years of data showing the danger, the FDA finally takes action

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ATS New Sleep Quality, Duration Recommendations

ATS New Sleep Quality, Duration Recommendations | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
The American Thoracic Society has issued a statement with recommendations for clinicians and the general public on obtaining good quality sleep and an adequate quantity of sleep.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Sleep is essential for health. For some tips on getting a good nights ‪#‎sleep‬(and why you should) check out Leanne Venier's great article 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/secrets-improving-sleep-health-productivity-why-color-leanne-venier

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Lack of nutritional education prevalent.

Lack of nutritional education prevalent. | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
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A recent poll of medical students shows less than two hours of nutrition based education in four years.

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Garlic Found to Protect Brain Against Disease, Aging

Garlic Found to Protect Brain Against Disease, Aging | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Another nod to garlic's reputation as a superfood
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Garlic has the reputation of providing good health. Now research has proven its benefits.

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What impact will mid-life vitamin D levels have on cognitive health 13 years later?

What impact will mid-life vitamin D levels have on cognitive health 13 years later? | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Higher vitamin D levels at middle age may pre-determine better cognitive outcomes later in life, according to a 13-year follow-up study.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

There are roughly 63,000 published articles on PubMed and yet we continue to debate the significance of vitamin D.  Most of these show a positive benefit to having healthy vitamin D levels.  It is well known about 60% of the US population is suboptimal or frankly deficient.  Yet it is easy and inexpensive to fix.  So (safely) get some sunshine today!

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Can fermented kimchi alter the gut microbiota and influence metabolism?

Can fermented kimchi alter the gut microbiota and influence metabolism? | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Consuming fermented kimchi, a source of lactobacilli, may alter the composition of bacterial populations in the gut and affect metabolic pathways for obese women, says a new study from Korea.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Fermented foods are a great source of good bacteria that can affect metabolism and weight.  A natural probiotic if you will.   Other foods like naturally fermented sauerkraut and pickles are good sources of similar bacteria.

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A Bad Nights Sleep May Explain Overeating

A Bad Nights Sleep May Explain Overeating | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Excessive eating may be due to a bad nights sleep, a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology proposed.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Getting a goods night sleep is important in many ways and has an impact in obesity and weight gain.  Numerous studies support this over the last few years.  Dealing with stress and sleepless nights can ultimately lead to chronic disease.  

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Hyperhomocysteinemia Linked to Worse Cognitive Status

Hyperhomocysteinemia Linked to Worse Cognitive Status | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
For older adults, hyperhomocysteinemia is associated with worse cognitive status, even after accounting for B group vitamin BGV status.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Homocysteine is involved in the methylation pathway and has many functions.  Many physicians do not check blood levels.  However elevated levels are implicated in cardiovascular disease as well.  It is easily treated with B-vitamins and folate to reduce to a healthy level. This is not new, prior studies have found similar results.  For more on homocysteine see my full article  http://sco.lt/5DTAsj

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Leanne Venier’s Paintings Portray the Human Psyche-and Heal the Body

Leanne Venier’s Paintings Portray the Human Psyche-and Heal the Body | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
A native of Ontario, Canada, Leanne Venier is an abstract painter who paints inspired by her ongoing quest to understand the human psyche in its complicated nature and mysteries. Her paintings are a...
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Leanne's artwork is more than inspiring, it is healing. Leanne is an expert in the use art and color in healing.  Her paintings have the components that have been shown in scientific studies to benefit health and healing.  In fact many major hospitals, such as Cleveland Clinic, have invested significantly in providing artwork that benefit their patients and families.  

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U.K. expert study advises getting 2-4 hours of activity during the workday.

U.K. expert study advises getting 2-4 hours of activity during the workday. | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Getting exercise is on everyone's list and is sometimes especially difficult if you have a desk job.  A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this morning advises to regularly alternate sitting and standing, and strongly suggests adjustable work stations that allow this.  While it may be difficult to get your employer to pay for this( seems only the boss gets the adjustable work desk), you can get up and move, stand or walk every hour to get some activity.  Try to incorporate some movement into your day.  The benefits to your health  and productivity may be immeasurable.

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Increasing Omega3 Intake May Benefit Patients at Risk for Alzheimers Disease

Increasing Omega3 Intake May Benefit Patients at Risk for Alzheimers Disease | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Consuming more omega3 fatty acids may benefit patients at risk for Alzheimers disease
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

We continue to debate the health effects of omega-3 acids.  However clearly there is benefit in many areas of cardiovascular and brain health.  It is a simple task to pour the omega-6 vegetable oils down the drain and eat more oily fish such as salmon that can have significant benefits on your health with little effort.

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Obesity Rate Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in Mississippi

Obesity Rate Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in Mississippi | Optimal Health and Aging-An Evidence-Based  Medicine Approach | Scoop.it
Hawaii had the lowest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, at 19.0%. For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate, with 35.2% of residents classified as obese according to residents' self-reported height and weight.
Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s insight:

Breaking news-we continue to gain weight!    Sad but true, the obesity rate continues to climb and is highest in the Midwest, something any tourist will immediately notice.  So where are you in the ranking? 

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