At least once a month, we like to tell you about new research on issues of health and anti-aging that can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Here are some new directions in fighting certain conditions of aging that you may be interested in:
1. Anti-Aging Future: Look Younger Longer…Soon. A new “manufactured” antioxidant, called Tiron, was recently discovered. Health researchers at Newcastle University say that it offers 100% protection against UVA sun damage and 100% internal oxidative stress and may help you stay looking younger much longer. As Tiron is not a naturally occurring antioxidant, it needs to undergo human use trials to determine its, possible, toxicity to humans. Lab animals have fared well on it, though.
Researchers hope to find a similar, naturally occurring antioxidant, with similar properties as Tiron, or create another one, that can be added to food and cosmetics safely but this may take a few years. Currently, naturally occurring antioxidants include green tea, red wine (resveratrol), turmeric and lycopene; provide only about 22% antioxidant protection.
2. Stand For Your Health. Recent research out of Kansas State University has shown that sitting less, and getting more physical activity, can have a significant impact on your health. The study found that many people spend most the day sitting at desk jobs and maybe only 30-60 minutes of exercise, if that.
Sitting for long periods of time can increase certain protein – LPL (lipoprotein lipase) that helps your body take in fat and triglycerides. The more you sit the more triglycerides you absorb. Sitting for long periods of time tells your metabolism to shut down. To reverse this message, getting up frequently during long periods of necessary sitting – like working at a desk job, etc., will do the trick.
The researchers recommended getting up from your seat once per hour to move around and get your circulation going. This might mean taking a walk to the bathroom, walking up a flight of stairs, or even running in place, doing several jumping jacks, and/or stretching exercises. You might want to inform your boss of the importance of the study as well. If they’re into innovation and preserving their workers future health as well as their productivity, investing in standing desks may be the road to take.
3. New Stem Cell Hope for Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the New York Stem Cell Foundation report that they have successfully isolated a stem cell for familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD). With this stem cell, they’ve isolated 14 genes that are thought to be implicated in the disease. One in particular shows how much inflammation of the brain plays a part in the development of the disease.
The researchers report that finding these genes are significant in establishing new targets of cause of the disease as well as designing new treatments, drugs, to address them. FAD is a genetic form of Alzheimer’s disease. It affects people at a much earlier age than more “typical” forms of Alzheimer’s that are a mixture of genetics and environmental exposures and occurs in older people.
4. Dancing Away Incontinence. A gynecologist/researcher at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Canada, has released the findings of her study on how “exergames” (group dance) can positively impact urinary incontinence in older women. In the research, women with urinary incontinence were studied in a program using a series of dance exercises on video as well as a physical therapy program of pelvic floor muscle training. The results, in the 24 participants, were that the women experienced a significant decrease in urinary leakage, no dropouts from the physical therapy program, and a higher weekly participation rate.
In short, adding “fun and function” to their usual pelvic floor training program achieved better results. It significantly aided in compliance to a program that requires consistency of effort to successfully treat the condition. The more a woman practiced the moves and showed up for the dance class, the more strengthening of the pelvic muscles occurred. Doing the dance part of the routine also gave the women confidence in knowing that, during exercise, and other movement, they could learn how to contract pelvic floor muscles to hold back urine.