Immortal Minute

Stress And DNA Damage

Posted on: Wed, Mar 09, 2016, at 12:00 pm

In a study, researchers looked at mouse hematapoetic stem cells, which are the ones that make blood cells. They showed that physiological stress actually lead to DNA damage and the accumulation of DNA damage that would eventually lead to failure in the form of cancerous cells. This is part of mounting evidence that shows that physiological and environmental stress can lead to damage that goes down as far as the DNA of our stem cells.

Perceptions Vs. Reality of Aging

Posted on: Wed, Mar 02, 2016, at 12:00 pm

On this immortal minute, let's look at the perceptions vs. reality of aging. A study commissioned by the Wall Street Journal performed a survey to find out what percentage of people perceived that they would have some problem as they age compared to the real statistic. One question asked about memory loss as a result of aging. 57% believed they would suffer memory loss, compared to the actual 25% statistic. The survey also asked about driving and 45% believed they would not be able to drive. The reality is 14%. What about serious illness? the perception was 42%, the reality was 21%. Not being sexually active, feeling depressed, lonely, a burden; all of these are in reality, half of what was perceived. The point is that there are some negative impressions that are incorrect. Many studies have shown that as we age we enjoy a higher quality of life. We have deeper personal relationships, better expertise, and are more productive late into life.

Melatonin In Aging & Disease

Posted on: Wed, Feb 24, 2016, at 12:00 pm

A study looked into Melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by your pituitary gland and anterior pineal gland in response to direct sunlight in your eyes. Melatonin is often used as a supplement to help people improve their sleep patterns. In this study they looked at Melatonin's role in other parts of the body and showed that having a Melatonin deficiency can lead to an increase likelihood of endocrine disorders like Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, increased pain and stress responses, and heart disease. The take away is this: Get out and get some sunshine. Staying cooped up inside is not worth it.

Longevity Lies In The Health Of Your Cells

Posted on: Wed, Feb 17, 2016, at 12:00 pm

In this study they looked at whole body induced cell turnover, which is the cycle where the body finds and replaces old or weak cells with new healthy cells . What they showed is that when they are able to increase the generation of new healthy cells they are able to slow down the aging process. This would also have a benefit in preventing cancer. This study further validates one of the new programs we have started at Executive Medicine of Texas Called Limitless. The Limitless program seeks to revitalize our patients through a combination of nutrition, exercise, supplements, and bio-identical hormone therapy. For more information on the Limitless program call 1-800-910-EXEC (3932)

Discussing The Future Of Welfare

Posted on: Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 12:00 pm

A panel session titled "What if you should still be alive at 2100" was discussed at the World Economic Forum in 2016. During that forum they talked about how with the average life span of 78 years old, our economic system and social welfare are strained today, but as we move forward and more and more people start living over 100 years old, it will strain if not break the system we have for social welfare. The point is that the fact that we are living longer is being discussed at the higher echelons of government and world leaders are coming together to deal with this issue.

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