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Weight Control for Seniors: Why now at my age?




Weight control for seniors: An overview

Weight control for seniors focuses on the various complications related to obesity or excessive weight that frequently impact upon your health. The frequent focus of weight control for seniors is on the your general health as well as various medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and gall




bladder disease. These disease conditions are second only to smoking as a cause of preventable death among the elderly. Various studies have concluded that even a reduction of between 5% and 15% of body weight may significantly decrease the risk of these medical problems if you’re either overweight or obese. Some experts actually believe that weight loss may not only reduce the incidence and severity of these diseases but may actually result in reversing the disease progression, which should be an added incentive for weight control for seniors.

Weight control for seniors: Are we there yet?

Although there is significant publicity about the multitude of health risks associated with being overweight and the spending of billions of dollars on products to make people thinner, many Americans are significantly overweight or obese. Some individuals have been more attentive to all the warnings and have significantly cut back on their level of dietary fat. Even studies as far back as 1997 had found that many Americans had reduced their consumption of total fat by approximately 6%, between 1987 and 1992. While this had resulted in achieving an average intake of approximately 36% of the total calories in fat, the amount recommended by most experts is about 30% or less of total calories consumed.

Although there has been some progress, way too many Americans continue to be either overweight or obese. Unfortunately, these statistics have continued to rise significantly since the 1980’s. A much more recent and ongoing study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has found that an estimated 61% of US adults are either overweight or obese. Their obesity or overweight status was defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more. The large proportion of Americans who are actually defined as obese is even more concerning in that between 1980 and 1999, the percentage of obese individuals has almost doubled from about 15% of the population to approximately 27%. Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than or equal to 30.

Another huge concern is that obesity seems to be rising among all segments of the American population in addition to the elderly, including individuals from all ethnic backgrounds and especially among children and adolescents. Also, another very unsettling fact is that the obesity epidemic is not limited only to Americans but is increasing worldwide with the increased urbanization of the world’s population. Weight control for seniors and individuals from all age groups as well as ethnicities has now become a global problem.

Some information adapted from The Johns Hopkins Medical Guide to Health After 50 Webpage by Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist


Positive Dreams and a Peaceful Mind




Positive Dreams and a Peaceful Mind: Research Study

A new study conducted at the University of Turku (southwestern Finland) has found that our waking mind truly has an effect on our dreams. Sigmund Freud believed that dreams reveal the unconscious mind. It has long been believed that dreams can also reveal certain aspects of our conscious mind and daily thinking, feeling and over all well-being. Dream researchers in the past have focused more on the dreams of people experiencing various mental disorders rather than the positive aspects of dreaming and well-being. Do you have happier dreams if you are a happier person? Most researchers of well-being have focused on happiness and have neglected the important aspect of “peace of mind”.

Pillerin Sikka, Doctoral Candidate in Psychology at the University of Turku and Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Skovde, and lead author in a recent article published in the Nature group Journal of Scientific Reports stated: “We wanted to address these important gaps in both dream and well-being research and to study how dream emotions are related to not only different aspects of waking ill-being, but also to different aspects of waking well-being, including peace of mind. In fact, this is the first study to look at how peace of mind relates to dream content.”




She went on to state, “Peace of mind is a state of inner peace and harmony, a more complex and durable state of well-being traditionally associated with happiness in the Eastern cultures”.

The study’s co-author Antti Revonsou, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Turku and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Skovde added that, “Even though it has rarely been directly measured in studies of well-being, in several philosophical traditions and spiritual approaches, peace of mind has always been regarded as central to human flourishing”.

Researchers in the study asked healthy individuals to fill out a questionnaire that measured their “ill-being” or “well-being” while awake and were then asked over the next three weeks to keep a daily dream diary which they would fill out each morning upon awakening detailing their dreams and rating the emotions experienced in those dreams. It was found that individuals experiencing higher levels of peace of mind experienced more positive dream emotions while those experiencing higher levels of anxiety also experienced higher levels of negative dream emotions.

These results concluded that if we are to understand how dreams are related to our waking state, we need to focus not only on symptoms of mental “ill-being” but also need to measure various aspects of “well-being”. Sikka explained that although some aspects of what we typically consider to be “well-being” did not seem to be related to dream content. There seemed to be something unique about “peace of mind”.

It has been proposed by researchers that one explanation for these conclusions is that possibly people who have higher levels of “peace of mind” may be better able to regulate their emotions not only when they are awake but also when they are dreaming. Obviously, the opposite would then be true for individuals with higher levels of anxiety.

Sikka concluded that the next step in research may be to find whether the ability to regulate emotions and maintain a higher-level of self-control is something that is fundamental to people with higher levels of “peace of mind” and whether improving these skills could actually lead to higher levels of peace of mind.

Adapted by Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist from article “Sweeter Dreams in a Peaceful Mind” ScienceDaily, August 24, 2018

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Journal Reference:

Pilleriin Sikka, Henri Pesonen, Antti Revonsuo. Peace of mind and anxiety in the waking state are related to the affective content of dreams. Scientific Reports, 2018; 8 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30721-1


Healthy Aging Through Staying Connected







Healthy aging involves connections:

Healthy aging studies in recent years all continue to find that people who continue being active and involved with other people during their older years live longer, happier and healthier lives. Activities that have been identified as instrumental to healthy aging are volunteering, taking classes, engaging in hobbies, joining social groups, and pursuing spiritual or religious activities. Even if you’re confined to your home because of illness or disability, you may still maintain your connections with others by communicating over the telephone or e-mail. Maintaining connections with others through many of the following activities are some of the keys to healthy aging.

Healthy aging and volunteering:

It has been recognized for some time that there is a relationship between healthy aging and volunteering. Volunteering allows the opportunity for the elderly to use their skills and life experiences to benefit others. Hundreds and possibly thousands of organizations across the United States are happy to have elderly volunteers. Opportunities for volunteering are almost limitless, and may include working with other older adults in nursing homes, working with children or a multitude of other opportunities to benefit nonprofit or for-profit organizations and agencies.





Healthy aging and continuing education:

Lifelong learning is an interesting and effective way to continue to develop your mind as well as interact with other interesting people and learn new things. Many public libraries, community colleges and other public institutions offer a large variety of continuing education opportunities for the general public as well as many specific to the elderly. Classes may include anything from learning new languages, managing personal finances or even preparing income tax returns, as well as entertaining and creative topics such as music appreciation or painting.

Hobbies and social groups:

One of the best ways to maintain connections with others is through shared hobbies or mental and physical activities. You can either develop new hobbies or rediscover ones that you participated in at an earlier point in time. Although many activities can be done alone, you will usually find it is much more interesting and stimulating to do them with other people or groups. Hobbies that involve physical activity can be especially beneficial to an individual’s health. 

Healthy aging through spirituality and religion:

Many studies have found a connection between healthy aging and spirituality and/or religion. Spirituality and religion have been found to aid in the sense of belonging many older people need as well as providing a sense of meaning and comfort to their lives. While many people use the terms spirituality and religion synonymously, they are similar but not identical concepts. Spirituality is usually more associated with an individual’s feelings and experiences, and religion is more often associated with the actual institutions, structures and traditions associated with an individual’s religious connections. Most older people in America consider themselves to be both spiritual and religious.The following healthy aging benefits have been found to be associated with religion and spirituality:

A more positive attitude and sense of hope about an individual’s life, illnesses and circumstances.
The social elements of a religious community can be very helpful in maintaining connections among individuals.
Religion and spirituality seem to promote a sense of meaning and purpose in life, especially when a person is facing difficult experiences in their life. 
   
Many older people have found their religious community to provide the largest source of social support outside of their family, and their involvement in their religious community to be their most enjoyable form of voluntary social activity. They also find their religious community to be immensely helpful in assisting with carrying out their daily activities. Healthy aging benefits have also been found for people who attend religious services, in that they are also are more likely to be healthy, recover faster from illness or injury and also to live longer lives. Many people have found their religion to be the foundation of their ability to cope with health problems and stress, and a fundamental aspect of their healthy aging program.

Information adapted from the Merck Manual of Health and Aging


Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 




 

American Society’s Perception of Aging







American Society’s Perception of Aging

The statistical data and actuarial records relating to aging population trends and profiles throughout the United States are not only credible but astonishing. The life expectancy of a person born in 1900 was 47 years, and there were only 3 million persons 65 or older in that year. For a person today, the life expectancy is 75 years, and there are over 36 million senior citizens. In 1900 pneumonia, tuberculosis and gastroenteritis were the major causes of death. Today, heart disease and cancer are the major causes. People are living much longer.

If a person is already 65 years old, his or her average remaining lifetime is 17 years. If you are a descendant of long-lived ancestors, your genes are coded for an even longer life. It helps to be a woman, too. On average, American women live 8 years longer than men. Today, life expectancy for men is 71 years while life expectancy for women is 79 years. There are approximately four women to every three men in the 65 and over category. By 2030 it is predicted that there will be 58 million persons aged 65 or over and will constitute 17 percent of the entire population.




In most industrialized countries, 65 has become the mandatory age for retirement. This was first started by the Prussian Dictator, Bismarck, in an attempt to institute social reforms for his subjects. Retirement was considered a reward from the state for the worker’s many years of toil. During this turbulent period in history a person’s life expectancy was substantially shorter than it is today. Few workers spent any time in retirement. This practice continues today because it is the belief that a strong, efficient industrialized society can provide goods and services for all its citizens while “freeing” its senior citizens to enjoy the better aspects of life.

A society is a collection of formally and informally groups organized for mutual survival. The family, as the primary unit in our society, is responsible for child rearing and the social and moral training of our young. The family transmits roles and status to its members and provides a series of rewards, reinforcements, and prohibitions that direct our lives. Our society places a premium on youth. Exalting youth, we devote many years to the care, nurturance, and education of our young. The elderly are neither cherished, like the young, nor productive, like the middle-aged, our society makes them feel like obsolete, unwanted burdens.

Older persons, themselves, consciously or subconsciously subscribe to these prejudices. The most obvious one stems from the Puritan work ethic, “An idle mind (and hands) is the Devil’s workshop.” It’s ironic that the strongest proponents of the work ethic are the senior citizens. This attitude compounds the problems arising from the idleness they face after forced or voluntary retirement. Senior citizens encounter other prejudices as well. If they seek work, most employers will turn them down because they are “too old.” Studies indicate that, except when a life is at stake, persons working with or caring for senior citizens do not like their jobs and would prefer working with younger people.

Normally adjusted senior citizens are able to face very grim realities as long as the circumstances of their lives allow them to remain outgoing and communicative. For many, retirement means the opportunity to do the things have never had time to do. A certain amount of loneliness and depression is par for the course in normal aging in dealing with the losses that are inevitable.

Since biblical times, much has been written about the cognitive stability of older person, and studies have shown that senior citizens are as competent as anybody in making use of long-term memory to arrive at decisions. The fact that it may take a little longer is offset by the greater number of memories they have stored up. Having a wealth of experience to draw on contributes a perspective that the younger person simply can’t apply. For practical purposes, therefore, seniors can do anything just as well as their younger counterparts, as long as they are given time.

One of the most common assumptions about senior citizens is their excessive dependence on others. The evidence for dependence can be determined by three indicators-reliance on others for living arrangements, health care and finances, simply doesn’t support this idea. According to a study, 75 percent of senior citizens own their own homes. Typically these homes are in urban areas. Most of them are fully paid for, and therefore, relatively cheap to own. Practical problems do arise-for example, lack of transportation and difficulties getting up and down stairs. Certain State Offices of Aging operate programs to help meet the practical needs arising from incapacities that frequently occur after age 75 years and older.

Senior citizens are basically healthier than we think. The aged do suffer more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease but have fewer acute illnesses than younger people. When acute illnesses do occur, they tend to be more serious.

There is an interesting theory on the loss of reserve energy or “second wind.” Lack of it seems to be what people allude to when they say they’re feeling older. Actually it’s stress and daily wear and tear rather than age, that impairs the body’s homeostatic (self-balancing) processes. Nonetheless, we blame age for the slowness we sometimes feel. There are many ways to minimize the loss of reserve energy: regular exercise, good nutrition, meditation and avoidance of smoking. All improve circulation of the blood and contribute to general feelings of well-being.

In our country, loss of income means loss of social status and presages loss of independence. Therefore, loss of income is a very strong and realistic source of fear. The four sources of income for senior citizens are: social security, pensions, salaries and public welfare programs. More than 18 percent of senior men and nearly 8 percent women are still working. In the last 30 years, there has also been a large increase in the number and value of pensions available to retirees. Senior citizens though sometimes in straitened circumstances, are remarkably proud and independent. The idea of being financially dependent is an old myth that does not hold water.




In other cultures, senior citizens are venerated as sages of wisdom and treated with the utmost respect. Our country has to switch its perspective from worshiping youth to valuing its senior citizens and what they have to offer. When this attitude change occurs, then people will stop dreading about “getting old.”

About the Author: Diane Wachowski

I am a retired master’s prepared nurse with a vast scope of experiences in the areas of mental and geriatric nursing. I have held clinical specialist positions in as well as administrative positions in which I developed programs for acute and long term clients on social skills, reality orientation, etc.
My Blog, Challenge of Aging, presents a thumbnail sketch of topics, such as normal aging, memory involvement in aging, bodily changes, common physical complications and so forth and then present suggestions on how to cope more effectively with these changes.

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5 Tibetan Rites: Discover the Secret of Youth and Anti Aging







The 5 Tibetan Rites are a series of simple exercises that are claimed to make you younger, which is why they are often referred to as the fountain of youth.

They have been used in the Western world since the 1930’s, when they were introduced by a gentleman called Peter Kelder who in turn had learned them from a retired army officer called Colonel Bradford.

The exercises have a lot in common with yoga but put their own unique twist (literally, in the case of one of the exercises) on this.




So long as you are in good health, you should be able to carry out the various exercises. You don’t need any special equipment and they can be carried out more or less anywhere.

As with any new exercise regime, it’s best to start slowly. Indeed, the recommendation is that you begin with a small number of repetitions and gradually build up to the full number over a period of weeks.

It’s important to get in the habit of doing the exercises daily as you’ll get most benefit from them that way. I find that the easiest way is to do them as soon as I wake up, even before cleaning my teeth. It’s a simple habit and works well for me. You may find that another time of day suits you better and that’s fine – the important thing is that you carry them out each and every day as the cumulative effect is very beneficial.

If you are skeptical, you may be wondering whether there is any scientific proof as to whether or not these simple anti-aging exercises will work for you and whether or not they really are the secret to almost eternal youth as they claim to be.

And that’s a difficult question to answer as the kind of scientific studies needed to show that haven’t been done (partly I think because there’s no money involved for the big companies to perform that kind of research).

But there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that the exercises work for plenty of people and give them a new found energy.

The good news is that the exercises are easy to carry out and don’t involve you in spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on expensive equipment or gym membership.

All you need to do is get hold of the instructions and follow them!

Some people who have followed the easy exercise routine have reported that they have lost weight. Others have found that the pain they were in has reduced. Still others simply report that they have felt younger.

Nowadays, we’re living longer on average and it makes sense to keep your body in good health and at peak performance for as long as possible.

The best way to find out whether the 5 Tibetan Rites will work for you as a rejuvenation idea is to try them for yourself. Target yourself a 30 day period where you commit to following the simple routines each and every day. Then monitor how you feel before deciding whether or not to continue with them. It really is as simple as that!

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About the Author:

Find out more about the 5 Tibetan Rites and how they can help you in my review of the Five Tibetan Rituals.

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist







Staying Young – the Japanese Way







The Land of the Rising Sun outweighs all other countries with regards to the proportion of the elderly. About 22% of the population in Japan is 65 or older. It has been estimated that by 2020, the ratio of the elderly to the children will be approximately 3 to 1. The Japanese are, in fact, the most long-lived people on this planet. With that said, Nihon Jin must have placed a fountain of youth in their backyard. Well, at the dining table perhaps.

Healthy food:

Despite the competitive lifestyle that they have, they still are among the healthiest people in the world- ‘coz after a hard work is a healthy meal. It is well-known that a Japanese meal is one of the healthiest among regional diets. Meals include the kind of foods that Japanese eat everyday to stay slim, healthy, and youthful while epitomizing a successful, on-the-go lifestyle.




The Japanese have the pleasure of eating nutritious and satisfying foods without guilt, getting, fat, and looking old. Every day they eat at least seven servings of vegetables, including sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, seaweed, onions, and bean sprouts; at least two servings of anti-oxidant rich fruits; and two or more servings of soy foods. The Japanese also sip several cups of tea every day. They eat a serving of fish, consumed at more than 150 pounds in a year. Who would look old with that kind of meal?

Less Disease

A research of double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling pointed out that almost all diseases and the body’s ability to fight them can be directly or indirectly linked to what humans eat or not. Statistics about the Japanese and other nationalities can prove this right.

Only six in 100, 000 Japanese women acquire breast cancer. That’s about 20 times less than the British women.

96% fewer Japanese men have coronary heart disease than the British male populace. (Breast cancer and heart diseases can be attributed to eating lots of fatty foods.)

Statistics show that Japanese have less Western diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart diseases, atherosclerosis, etc.

These are truths about the relationship between diet and disease in Japan.

Foods to Stay Young:

A Japanese diet is the amazing secret of the locals to stay young and become vigorous. Many nationalities even notice that Japanese women in their forties still look like they are in their twenties. Well, you may not need your anti-aging creams, just a discovery of the Japanese fountain of youth.

The Meal:

The sticky, short-grained rice is the main carbohydrate food in Japan. But Japanese eat as much fish that are rich in fatty acids which provide a greater amount of calories for most. Another main source of carbohydrates for the Japanese is the noodles, a quick, easy, and healthy snack.

Consumption of brain foods like eggs and seaweeds is also great. Egg consumption in Japan, in the form of omelets, custards, and soups, is higher than in America (40lbs to 34 lbs). Seaweed used in soups and sushi provides a good amount of iodine that is very important for normal functioning of the thyroid gland, which is, in turn, vital for optimal brain function.

The Japanese are also fond of eating magic potatoes which have natural anti-aging, life-enhancing components.




Tofu is also a distinguishing feature in the Japanese diet. Tofu is one of the best sources of protein with anti-cancer and health-boosting benefits.

Contrary to the usual belief, the Japanese have great consumption of milk. They even consume an average of 180 pounds per year.

Fruits are the popular dessert in Japan. In general, Japanese people don’t like sweet desserts.

In addition, most Japanese shun fast, processed, and junk foods.

Madonna’s Secret:

Aside from her active lifestyle, Madonna, who still looks young and hip in her 50’s, shared that she eats Japanese food most of the time. In fact, everywhere she goes, a Japanese chef is sure to cook healthy cuisine for her.

So how can you obtain the kind of lifestyle like Madonna has, who can still look young and beautiful. She can demand and choose the food that makes her healthy. How about you, can you also do that? But how about if you don’t have time and always in a hurry for work, stress and worried for money?

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Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Top 5 Anti-Aging Systems Explained







The value of anti-aging systems has never been more important. For generations this trend has been consistently reinforced: every generation seems to be living longer than the preceding one. Until now. The first decade of the new millennium presents irrefutable evidence that for the first time in more than 100 years, the lifespan is decreasing. This is a direct result of a high-stress, fast-food fueled, sedentary lifestyle.




Type II Diabetes is typically triggered by obesity and reflects a system that is unable to maintain adequate fuel levels and extract vital nutrients from dietary sources. Obesity is also a threat to general well-being:

It contributes to the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease and high cholesterol.

Additional weight increases the stress on the body and impairs the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress factors.

It dilutes self esteem and can trigger depression.

Let’s take a look at five proven anti-aging strategies and why they work.

Healthy diet and exercise:
Consuming nutritious, whole foods from organic sources provides your body with the fuel it needs to function at peak efficiency. Exercise moves the nutrients consumed into the muscle and bone tissue and supports cardiovascular health. Good muscle tone and physical fitness mirrors the qualities of a youthful body and improves the chances for a better quality of life well into senior years.

Supplementation and medication: As we age our bodies are less efficient at extracting vital nutrients from the foods we eat. Therefore, it requires regular supplementation of quality vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, our society increasingly suffers from arthritis and other auto-immune disorders which place stress on the whole system. By managing pain and other inflammatory responses with appropriate medications, herbal teas and topical agents we are able to maintain an active lifestyle and with it a more youthful countenance.

Reduce stress: The body’s stress management system is founded on a survival technique: fight or flee. In today’s hectic lifestyle we operate at a demanding pace, balancing multiple priorities and managing difficult personalities. The pressure of getting everything done and keeping everyone happy in a 24-hour period imposes constant stress upon the body’s survival mechanism. This contributes to high blood pressure, digestive issues and fatigue.

Learn effective time management techniques and employ them in every aspect of your life.

Delegate! No one person can do it all, so empower those around you to take more responsibility and contribute to the well-being of the team.

Just Say No. We all have limitations and it’s important to know yours and work within them.




Drink plenty of water and reduce consumption of caffeine and alcohol. The human body requires ample hydration to maintain optimal organ function. By consuming sufficient amounts of still water (64 oz. is a good rule of thumb) organs are able to cleanse toxins from the system and skin remains plump and glowing. In contrast, alcohol and caffeine are dehydrating and place additional stress on the system. The “morning after” lines and wrinkles that may show up in the mirror are an example of how dehydration ages appearance.

Get a pet: Animals are great for lifting our spirits and taking us outside ourselves. Dogs, in particular, get us outside and moving by playing ball, chasing a tail or just going for a walk. They are great companions who ask for little and give back a lot. Pets are excellent at helping us to alleviate stress and making us feel loved, and pet owners are known to live longer, healthier lives.

Anti-aging systems do not need to be used exclusively. Try one or try them all. No matter how small your first step, take it and try it out for at least a month. Remember: it takes 21-times of repetition to form a new habit. In three weeks you could find yourself on the way to a more youthful you.

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Theories of Aging







The Wear and Tear Theory:

theories of agingThe Wear and Tear Theory was first introduced by Dr. August Weismann, a German biologist in 1882. He believed aging occurred when the body and its cells were damaged by overuse and abuse. The major organs of the body such as the liver, stomach, kidneys, skin and so on are worn down by toxins in our diet and in the environment, by excessive intake of fat, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, by the ultra-violet rays of the sun and by the many other physical and emotional stresses to which we subject our bodies. Simply using the organs over time wears them out even if you never touch a cigarette or have a glass of wine and stayed out of the sun, etc. Abuse just wears them out quicker. He also believed it takes place on the cellular level.

Nutritional supplements and other treatments can help reverse the aging process by stimulating the body’s own ability to repair and maintain its organs and cells.




The Neuroendocrine Theory:

The neuroendocrine theory was developed by Vladimir Dilman, Ph.D. The theory elaborates on the wear and tear theory by focusing on the neuroendocrine system that governs the release of our hormones and other vital bodily elements. Different organs release various hormones under the governance of the hypothalamus, a walnut-sized gland located within the brain. Hormone levels are high in youth and account for menstruation in women and high libido in both sexes. As we get older the body produces lower levels of hormones which can have serious effects on our functioning. Hormones help repair and regulate our bodily functions. When aging causes a drop in hormone production, it causes a decline in our body’s ability to repair and regulate itself.

The hormone replacement therapy is a frequent component of any anti-aging treatment and helps to reset the body’s hormonal clock and then reverse or delay the effects of aging. The theory holds that if our hormones are being produced at youthful levels the cells of our bodies are stimulated to active and we stay young.

The Genetic Control Theory:

This theory focuses on the genetic programming encoded within our DNA. From birth we are equipped with a unique genetic code, which has a great deal to say about how quickly we age and how long we live. When our biological clock goes off it signals our bodies first to age and then to die. The timing on this genetic clock is subject to enormous variation and depends upon what happens to us as we grow up and on how we actually live.

Anti-aging medicine attempts to prevent damage to our cells and increase repair of DNA to help us escape our genetic destinies, at least to some extent.

The Free Radical Theory:

This development in anti-aging research was first introduced by R. Gerschman in 1954 and developed by Dr. Denham Harman of the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine. Free radical is a term used to describe any molecule that differs from conventional molecules. Free radicals possess a free electron that makes it react with other molecules in highly destructive ways.

The theory holds that free-radical damage begins at birth and continues until we die. In our youth its effects are fairly minor because the body has extensive repair and replacement mechanisms that in healthy young people function to keep cells and organs in working order. With age, the accumulated effects of free-radical damage begin to take their toll and are part of what ages our cells. Free-radical disruption of cell metabolism may also create mutant cells leading to cancer and death. Free radicals attack collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the substances that keep our skin moist, smooth, flexible and elastic. When these vital tissues fray and break under the assault of free radicals, we begin to notice folds of skins and deep-cut wrinkles.




Another way of looking at free-radical changes is to think of it as rust and our aging process is similar to the rusting away of a once-intact piece of metal. Oxygen itself is free radicals and so our breathing and aerobic exercise generates free radicals that help us along the aging process.

Substances that prevent harmful effects of oxidation are antioxidants. This is why specialists in anti-aging medicine prescribe a host of natural and manufactured antioxidants to help combat the effects of aging. Many vitamins and minerals and other substances fight aging by acting as free-radical scavengers.

Source: The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All health concerns should be addressed by a qualified health care professional.

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A Simple Anti Aging Skin Care Guide – 3 Easy Steps







With the term anti aging, whether coined by a marketing executive or a doctor, the word ‘anti’ literally translates to “combating or defending against.” This term is overly used in the skin care industry because, well, it sells.

The thing is skin will age. And nothing can prevent it from doing so. The more realistic approach might be: What to do to keep a more youthful complexion for a longer period of time?

As grandmother surely stated more than once, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ In other words, don’t add to the problem. In assessing prevention, a simple anti aging skin care guide would be a smart place to begin. Let’s start with three easy steps:




1) Sleep & Stress – Getting lots of the first and minimizing the second. If you’ve ever spent a few days with less than a full nights sleep, you know how bad it reflects upon your skin. Sleep is the repair time for the skin so give it priority. Sleep needs vary but typically 7-8 hours a night…and as many before twelve midnight as possible; doing so will give the skin a well-rested, refreshed look. Stress, too, shows up on the skin. Could be with breakouts, or tension lines; it’s when people say to you, “Oh, you look tired.” What they really mean is: you don’t look so good. Do whatever it takes to relieve stress several times a day: walks with the dog, breathing exercises, yoga, just do something that requires your focus on something other than that which produces the stress. And if possible…get rid of that which causes the stress in the first place!

2) Healthy Diet & Healthy Products
– What we eat is probably the most important aspect of prevention in this anti aging skin care guide. You know the drill: whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fruits. Drinking clean, pure water. Our bodies respond favorably to a healthier diet and the skin radiates too from the nourishment it receives. Vitamin supplements and skin care products are part of the process but we want to make certain that the ingredients within these are as pure and beneficial to our overall health. Keeping away from overly processed foods is important with diet; it is just as important with supplements and topical products to help the skin retain a supple and vibrant glow.

3) Smile! – You don’t think this gives a more youthful look? Go stand in front of the mirror. Look at yourself with a relaxed, no smile face. Give it a minute. Then turn a full circle and come back in front of the mirror with a big smile. See the difference? It’s like magic. The eyes reflect a little more sparkle. The face lifts in the process. Take a few moments throughout your day to quietly reflect on a memory that brings a smile to your heart and face. Others will notice, too. And to keep that smile looking good, continue to care for the teeth with flossing, brushing and regular visits to the dentist.

Granted, one could elect for an anti aging skin care treatment that might provide quick results with temporary removal of wrinkles (injections), or more permanent restructuring (surgery), however, these options are not for everyone. If the more natural route appeals to you, keep this anti aging skin care guide as a reminder to how simple maintaining good health and youthful skin can be.

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You Can Fight Aging Now!







How can you fight aging?

You’re really fortune to live at a period of time when you can fight aging. The field of anti-aging medicine has become an increasingly well researched area of medicine, with healthcare practitioners becoming incredibly excited about research and development in this specialty. Doctors are now helping people take huge take steps to maximize the quality of life for their senior years. Research in the field of anti-aging medicine has identified three main concepts to help you to fight aging now:
(1) Prevention: Prevention includes taking steps to help prevent the development of illness and disease associated with getting older. One of the main elements of prevention is proper nutrition.

(2) Integration: Integration involves combining the best of both worlds including conventional and alternative-complimentary medicine to achieve the anti-aging goals to help you to fight aging.




(3) Holism: The concept of holism involves treating people’s physical, mental and spiritual aspects in order to ensure that the many parts work together in an integrated whole. For example, the anti-aging approach to arthritis of the hip would look at all of the factors that have an impact on arthritis such as exercise level, diet, social needs, emotional health, supplementation and pharmaceuticals, as well as stress management.

One of the first and most important considerations to assist you to fight aging now, is to eat for longevity. Several times a day you have a chance to fight aging with food. Your
food choices are one of the most important ways you can impact upon your health and ultimately how your body ages. It’s vitally important that you understand the basics behind what makes certain foods healthy and helpful partners in the fight against aging. We say partners because some foods are important on a nutritional level, but also work hand-in-hand with many other factors to help delay or ward off aging such as exercise, stress management, and supplementation for hormonal balancing. The relationship between the right food choices and other factors that impact upon aging is incredibly important and can never be underestimated.

One of the first things that you can do to be for longevity and fight aging is to be smart about sugar.

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate