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Increased blood viscosity is the only biological parameter that has been linked with all of the other major heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, elevated LDL cholesterol, low HDL, type-II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, smoking, age, and male gender. Until recently, technological limitations made it impractical for doctors to measure this key risk factor. Fortunately, that's changing.
The recent Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation against routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening has a lot of guys pissing vinegar, with some calling the new report "a death sentence." More moderate voices call for recognition of the limits of PSA testing while cautioning against sweeping policy moves. Integrative Urologist Dr. Geo Espinosa sheds some light.
A Cochrane Collaboration systematic review of 32 clinical trials involving nearly 75,000 elderly women, concludes that daily supplementation with vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), significantly decrease all-cause mortality.
A protein originally isolated from the Aequorea victoria species of jellyfish, can improve cognitive function in older adults experiencing mild but troublesome impairment.
Cellular longevity is governed by telomeres, the DNA caps on the ends of chromosomes. Telomere length is regulated by an enzyme called telomerase. When telomerase activity is high, so is telomere length, and this delays cellular senescence. Substances including Omega 3s, vitamin D and folate have been shown to slow telomere shortening, but until recently researchers had not found anything that could actually activate telomerase and lengthen short telomeres. That changed with the discovery of a unique compound within the root of the Astragalus plant.
Phylloquinone, a naturally-occurring form of vitamin K, is found in several different types of foods.
Commonly used drugs like broad-spectrum antibiotics, oral corticosteroids, and anti-ulcer meds, have deleterious effects on bone, increasing the risk of osteoporotic fractures.
Bone mineral density is just one part of the physiological equation that adds up to bone health. Bone flexibility, a reflection of the collagen content in a person’s bone, is equally important but usually overlooked. Vitamin K can help.
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