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Big-Belly Might Lead To Dementia
Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Middle aged individuals who are overweight appear to be at higher risk for developing dementia later in life. A recent study has shown that being overweight (specifically in the abdominal region) in one's forties makes them almost three times more likely to develop dementia by age 70 than healthy middle aged individuals.

Insulin's Role in Aging and Long Life
Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
New research on insulin shows it plays an important role in aging and lifespan.

Manipulating Protein Might Prevent Blindness for Patients with Retinopathy and AMD
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2008
Two of the leading causes of blindness are diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Recent research has found that by activating a particular blood vessel protein, these two conditions can potentially be prevented and even reversed, greatly reducing any risk of permanent blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness for young and middle-aged individuals ("working age"), while AMD is the most common cause of blindness for people over age 65.

Physical Activity Increases Effectiveness of Beta-Cells
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sedentary older people at risk of developing diabetes showed significant improvement in the function of their insulin-making beta cells after just one week of exercise.

Prompt Primary Care Reduces Need For Hospitalization
Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2008
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA, a near complete deficiency in insulin), digestive haemorrhage and chronic bronchitis, are three very common conditions experienced by the elderly community, often requiring hospitalization. A recent study has found that prompt and efficient primary care for these conditions reduces the need for hospitalization by more than 50%, while other conditions are affected significantly, but to a lesser degree.

Studies Identify Modifiable Factors Associated With Exceptionally Long Life
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2008
A healthy lifestyle during the early elderly years, including weight management, exercising regularly and not smoking, may be associated with a greater probability of living to age 90 in men, as well as good quality of life.

Testosterone Reduces Visceral Fat Gain in Nonobese Older Men
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2008
Researchers report, that testosterone therapy lessens the gain in visceral adipose tissue and the loss of skeletal muscle in aging men who are not obese.

Rates of Diabetes Among Older Americans Increased 23%
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008
The annual number of Americans older than 65 newly diagnosed with diabetes increased by 23 percent between 1994 to 1995 and 2003 to 2004, according to a new report.

Link Between Vitamin E and Decline in Physical Function
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Low serum concentration of vitamin E, an indication of poor nutrition, is associated with physical decline for older persons, according to a study in the January 23 issue of JAMA.

Low Levels of Vitamin D May Lead To Heart Disease
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Besides being important in maintaining healthy bones, substantial levels of Vitamin D have recently been shown to be important in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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