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How to live longer: This diet has been proven to help you live longer and stave off cancer – Express

Posted: December 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

The age-old secret to a longer life really comes down to a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking and eating a healthy balanced diet. Good nutrition is key to leading a healthy lifestyle. The foods a person eats gives the body information and materials they need to function properly. If a person eats too much food, or food that gives the body the wrong instructions, their risk of potentially life-threatening diseases increases and lifespan shortens. What is the best diet to help a person live a long, healthy life and reduce their risk of deadly diseases?

A study has been published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal and reignites debate around increasingly popular vegan diets amid conflicting medical advice and evidence over the impact of ones health.

The study found every three percent in calories form plant protein was found to reduce risk of death by 10 percent.

The figure rises to 12 percent for risk of dying from heart disease. By contrast, raising the share of animal protein in ones diet by 10 percent led to a two percent higher risk of death from all causes.


Experts recommend eating more plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Lean protein and low-fat dairy products are also recommended.

Numerous research suggests eating at least seven portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day may lower the risk of dying from cancer by up to 15 percent.

Dr Mingyang Song said: Overall, studies have supported the importance of the sources of dietary protein for long-term health outcomes.

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Why We Aren’t Anti-Aging, We Are Pro-Healthy Aging –

Posted: December 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

For the first time, we are starting to see research that targets aging as a health condition in and of itself. Finding ways to regulate those "longevity gene" pathways referenced by Lipman above (specifically the mTOR, AMPK, and sirtuins) is central to scientists' work in identifying lifestyle habits, nutritional compounds, and future drugs that could slow and even treat (yes, treat) aging.*

As Sinclair views it, aging is most definitely a disease, and the FDA classifying it as such will help the field move forward even faster, allowing for more research and development of drugs to target processes thatlead to age-related disease. "The definition of a disease is that over time you lose function, you become decrepit, disabled, and eventually, if it's a bad disease, you die from it," says Sinclair. "That sounds a lot like aging, right? If you go to the medical dictionary, the only difference between aging and a disease is that a disease affects less than half the populationand that 50% cutoff is completely arbitrary."

How likely is that to happen? In 2018, the World Health Organization classified aging as a disease and added it to the International Classifications of Diseases system. And right now, scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine are examining the anti-aging effects of metformin in the Targeting Aging With Metformin (TAME) study. If researchers can show significant benefits of metformin in delaying problems such as cancer, dementia, stroke, and heart attacks, the FDA may consider classifying aging as a treatable condition.

But why study metformin? This widely prescribed diabetes drug, derived from compounds in the French lilac plant, has been noted for its benefits beyond diabetesand Sinclair predicts it will be the first drug prescribed specifically to treat aging. Turns out, "metformin had a protective effect against cancer, heart disease, and frailty in patients taking the drug for long-term diabetes treatment," says Sinclair. "Which sounds a lot like a molecule that can slow aging." Animal studies have also confirmed that metformin can improve life span, and, more importantly, health span in mice. And, in a first-of-its-kind study in humans published in September 2019, researchers were actually able to take 2.5 years off participants' biological clock using a combination of metformin, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and growth hormone.

Experts believe metformin may activate similar pathways as caloric restriction to stimulate autophagyor cellular cleaning. This cellular upkeep is believed to be a key factor in extending health span. "It's a relatively safe AMPK pathway activator, and that's thought to mimic the effects of fasting and exercising," says Sinclair, who takes metformin daily as part of his healthy aging regimen.

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Cancer in the workplace: Innovative diagnostic devices and treatments – Bangkok Post

Posted: December 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Cancer itself is a very broad based topic. There are various forms of cancer and many different types of diagnostics and treatments that are currently available. In our earlier articles, we have touched on various aspects of cancer:

- Key facts with statistics - Major causes- The correlation between employment and the illness- Risk reduction- Types of treatment available- Treatment cost overview- Integrative and Preventive Medicine

So far, the treatment model that is proven by several sources to have the best results is through Integrative Medicine. Its approach is to combine conventional methods with both complementary and alternative therapies. It is very patient-centred, making use of natural products, modification of lifestyle, diet, a mind-body-spirit healing journey together with conventional treatments like chemotherapy.

Dr. ChatChai Sribundit (M.D) from Akesis Life Bangkok ( emphasises the important role that integrative medicine plays in todays cancer management and in many cancer-care programs. As he mentioned in earlier articles, almost one third of cancer cases are actually preventable. Risk factors can be eliminated and implementing existing evidence-based preventive strategies are definitely the winning formula.

In the long run, preventive strategies in the form of regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk not only of cancer but many other primary medical conditions. In addition, a well-balanced lifestyle and healthy food provide both long and short term benefits. Apart from the above, Dr. Chatchai stands firmly by his 5 pillars consisting of medical intervention, diet & nutrition, physical therapy & exercise, emotional wellness and patient education.

Together with the basis of the 5 Pillars, early detection with timely and proper patient management can greatly reduce cancer risk. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy remain a mainstream form of treatment whereas tissue biopsy and scans are general diagnostic tools commonly used in Conventional therapies for cancer. In some cases, a targeted approach is lacking and patients can be vulnerable to certain types of drugs. Recently, new treatments have been emerging to improve the traditional options in cancer treatment with poor prognosis. Areas like nanomedicine and extracellular vesicles along with advances in immunotherapy and nanotechnology are becoming a norm for the next generation of cancer diagnosis and treatments.

Liquid Biopsy

Molecular targeting of specific oncogenic mutations in human cancer is now key for anti-cancer drug therapy as mutations lead to drug resistance. Therefore, the ability to detect and continuously monitor oncogenic mutations is important as it guides the use of targeted molecular therapies to improve long-term clinical outcomes in patients. Apart from direct sampling of cancer tissue by biopsy, oncogenic mutations are also detectable in circulating bodily fluids of patients which is a less invasive method.

Cancer biomarker discovery using DNA aptamersBiomarkers are molecules able to indicate specific physiological states of cells. Identifying reliable biomarkers is essential for early diagnosis and adaptive treatment strategies. According to, aptamers are single-stranded oligonucleotides generated by an in vitro screening method called Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment (SELEX). They can recognise their cognate targets with selectivity and affinity comparable to protein antibodies in cancer patients.


Treating cancer with nanotechnology has become one of the emerging trends. Studies reveal that treating cancer by nanoparticle enhances the efficiency of the treatment and also minimises adverse effects. The property of nanoparticles in treating cancer is target specific. Nanoparticles also target uncontrolled cell proliferation.

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are released by all cells within the tumour microenvironment, such as endothelial cells, tumour-associated fibroblasts, pericytes, and immune system cells. The EVs carry the load of parental cells formed of proteins and nucleic acids, that convey cell-to-cell communication and also suppress tumour progression. Due to longevity of vesicles within the circulation and their ability to cross bloodbrain barriers, modification of these unique organelles offers the potential to create new biological-tools for cancer therapy.

These treatments help ones immune system to find and attack cancer cells the same way it attacks bacteria and viruses. It uses substances made by the body or in a laboratory to improve or restore immune system function. Immunotherapy may work by maximising the immune system to prevent or slow down the growth of cancer and reduce the probability of spreading. Some examples of immunotherapy, include, NK Cell therapy, Cancer vaccines (prophylactic or therapeutic) and T-cell therapy.

Commonly use in Integrative medicine and in conjunction with radiation, hyperthermia is a non-invasive method of increasing tumour temperature to stimulate blood flow and improve oxygenation. This makes cancer cells more sensitive during radiation therapy. Hyperthermia helps address the limitations of radiation for many patients by effectively increasing the radiation dose without increasing in unwanted side effects. There are significant results which show the effect of hyperthermia approach in treating cancer. states that this treatment uses a drug called photosensitizer or photosensitizing agents. Agents and particular type of light are exposed at a specific wavelength. The specificity of wavelength depends on the production of oxygen. Oxygen destroys nearby Cancer cells. The wave length determines the distance travelled by the light into the body. The photosensitizer present in a tumour absorbs the light and produces oxygen which destroys surrounding cancer cells.

This treatment uses light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation. Laser therapy for treating cancer includes special light beams instead of instruments. Laser therapy is normally given through an endoscopic tube. There are different types of laser therapies used for treatment of cancer. The Endoscope is inserted in the body to treat cancer or precancerous growth. Lasers can also be used to shrink or destroy tumours or precancerous growth.

The initial stage, which is most important, is the detection of cancer. Early detection could increase the possibility of cure and increases survival rates. However, poor prognosis due to lack of proper diagnosing methods and ineffective chemotherapeutic treatment is a common hurdle. As synthetic drugs cause many side effects, and cancer cells become resistant, more innovative treatment methods must be considered to give new hope for existing sufferers.

Author: Ezree Ebrahim, Business Development Consultant (Healthcare), Akesis Life by Absolute Health. For Further information, please contact:

Series Editor: Christopher F. Bruton, Executive Director, Dataconsult Ltd, Dataconsults Thailand Regional Forum provides seminars and extensive documentation to update business on future trends in Thailand and in the Mekong Region.

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How to live longer: Being born in this month could mean youre likely to live longer – Express

Posted: December 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Another study of 1,749,400 people from the United States suggests December babies have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

According to its principal investigator, the findings are down to seasonal variations. According to a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, December babies are also natural born athletes.

Its been suggested that it could be down to being more exposed to vitamin D during their conception months.

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Expert Reveals 3 Best Healthy Aging Tips – Medical Daily

Posted: December 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

A New York Times bestselling author of five books and easily recognized as a trailblazer in functional and integrative medicine, youd think Dr. Frank Lipmans philosophy on health aging will be quite the journal entry, sprawling into different facets that all explore a branch, all intertwining like a spiders web in order to achieve prime aging.

To our surprise, its not. In fact, it couldnt be simpler.

"Basically, eat less, laugh more, deal with your stress, take sleep seriously. What else would be important?" Dr. Lipman said in a recent podcast.

However, while he definitely has the formula down when it comes to aging gracefully, Dr. Lipman recently said that hes fascinated with our current pursuits to prolong our health, and not just our lives.

As such, he commented on it, saying that we should be aware of increasing our health span, not our life span.

So, how do you do it? Here are his tips, according to a recent post on mindbodygreen.

Physical adversity is the way to go

According to Dr. Lipman, a little bit of stress is actually good for you, which should come in the form of physical adversity such as fasting and high-intensity exercise. The idea is that your body is stressed a little bit to stimulate longevity genes, which then teaches your body to handle bigger stressors better. But dont starve yourself because the idea is that a little goes a long way.

Move intentionally

This isnt just about exercising more, although thats always a good idea. Per Dr. Lipman, this is about exercising intentionally and intelligently. The key, according to him, is to push your body in an intentional way that would test it but not enough to cause injury. Its harder to recover as you get older, and so its important to change the way you do your routines to better suit your body.

Dont take life too seriously

The last piece of advice, per Dr. Lipman, is to simply not take life too seriously and have some fun. These days, everyone is too caught up with numbers and metrics that its easy to forget how to enjoy things while were at it. Eat less and laugh more. Your life would be all the more better.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in any part of the country. Pixabay

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Blue Zones Diet: Will following this diet help you live for 100 years? – Firstpost

Posted: December 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Modern medicine and healthcare have made living long lives a very real possibility. While most of the methods used depend on medical or surgical procedures, experts suggest that leading a healthy lifestyle plays a key role in helping you live a long life.

And this is where the Blue Zones diet comes in. Recent research has shown that adopting the lifestyle habits of those who live in the Blue Zones will help you extend your life beyond the age of 100 years. How exactly does this lifestyle system work? Lets find out.

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In 2005, Dan Buettner did a cover story, Secrets of Long Life, for the National Geographic Magazines November edition, where he described how the centenarians (those who have lived beyond the age of 100 years) of the world lived, where they were located, what they ate, and how they were able to elongate their lives.

The story inevitably captured the imagination of people, and in 2006 Buettner and a team of demographers, scientists and anthropologists conducted deeper research into the specific regions (or zones) where the highest percentage of centenarians live. These zones are:

Despite the huge geographical and cultural differences between each of these zones, the researchers noticed nine common denominators and lifestyle characteristics that the residents of these zones shared. These characteristics were then named the Power 9 and are listed as follows:

1. Move naturally

You might think strenuous or mindful workouts in the gym multiple times a week or training for or running marathons might contribute to a long lifespan, but the people of the Blue Zones do none of these. They just live in environments where movement or activity is constant. Unlike the sedentary, desk-bound professional lives the rest of the world lives, most centenarians engage in jobs like gardening, housework or working outdoors in other ways. They do not use mechanical or electronic conveniences that cut out the natural movements of the body.

2. Purpose

Why do you wake up in the morning? Do you have a sense of purpose? You might think these are spiritual questions that have nothing to do with living a long life, but the residents of the Blue Zones disagree. Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to 7 years of extra life expectancy, Buettner wrote in his report published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine in 2016. Take a page out of the book of those who have lived beyond 100, find your purpose in life and work towards it.

3. Downshift

You might not realise it while you are busy worrying incessantly about that target or deadline at work, the disputes in your personal life, or the larger goals in life that you are unable to achieve - but stress does not add to your life, and it definitely does take away valuable years. Its not that people in the Blue Zones dont experience stress. They do. But they take a downshift or some time to shed off that stress effectively. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors; Adventists pray; Ikarians take a nap; and Sardinians do happy hour, Buettner wrote.

4. 80% Rule

Gluttony is actually very harmful to your health - and not because it's a "sin". People in the Blue Zones believe in the 80% rule, and it has clearly served them well in living long lives. Hara hachi bu - the Okinawan 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals - reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80% full, Buettner wrote. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. So, stop before you overstuff yourself, cut back till about 80% and you wont just avoid weight gain - you might even end up living longer.

5. Plant slant

What do centenarians from all the Blue Zones definitely eat, despite the huge difference in the local foods available to them? Beans, including fava, black, soy, and lentils, Buettner wrote. Eating plant-based meals most of the time does not mean that you must stop eating meat though. In fact, the people from the Blue Zones arent necessarily vegetarian. They eat meat, including pork, but only 5 times per month on an average. The focus should be on more plant intake rather than meat intake.

6. Wine @ 5

Heres some good news for fans of red wine: drinking one or two glasses of red wine, specifically Sardinian Connonau, in the company of good friends and good food can help you live longer based on the evidence gathered from the Blue Zones population. People in all Blue Zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers, Buettner wrote. As he said though, moderation is key. You cannot drink a weeks worth of alcohol in one go and expect it to do anything but harm.

7. Belong

Having faith can also add years to your life, Buettners research proves. All but 5 of the 263 centenarians interviewed belonged to some faith-based community, he wrote, while adding that attending faith-based services 4 times per month will add 4 to 14 years of life expectancy. It doesnt matter what your specific faith or religion or belief-system is as long as you do have one and a community of fellow-believers who meet up to share the faith at least four times a month.

8. Loved ones first

Buettner wrote that putting family first also plays a role. He goes on to explain that keeping ageing parents and grandparents close (or living with them), having a life partner, and investing more time and love in your children actually helps elongate life. This has a lot to do with mental health and care because if you invest in your family you are more likely to be looked after and feel happy. It also reduces disease and mortality rates and can increase life expectancy.

9. Right tribe

Finding your tribe, or the right set of people who can provide lifelong support is apparently a big factor of longevity. Buettner wrote about how people in the Blue Zones are born into or maintain social circles that supported healthy behaviours. The presence of a social circle also seemed to keep vices like smoking away and promote happiness. Create and sustain a reaffirming group of lifelong friends, and you might just be able to fight depression, obesity and beat ageing.

As you can see, the Blue Zones Diet is more about changing your lifestyle rather than just focusing on food or exercise. It promotes a healthy and happy way of living which finally pushes back the time of death by decades when done right. If you can accomplish all the changes, maybe you too will live to be a centenarian.

For more information, please read our article onBlue Zone Diet.

Health articles in Firstpost are written by, Indias first and biggest resource for verified medical information. At myUpchar, researchers and journalists work with doctors to bring you information on all things health.

Updated Date: Dec 10, 2019 18:14:33 IST

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