It’s a beautiful sunny day, here in Panama City, Florida.
Being a Saturday, it’s gonna be a full day for my favorite spectator sport, college basketball.
The first game tips off at 12:05 and the last game ends when I can no longer hold my eyes open. (With brief catnaps in between)
I hope you’re feeling good and also having some fun.
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
Can Ibuprofen Slow Down Our Aging Process?
Not while sitting around on our bedside tables, minding its own business, they can’t.
Yet, some pretty smart guys, up at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, have been testing the longevity effects, of the over-the-counter drug, on some unlikely creatures, worms, flies and yeast.
(Well, they’re not test subjects I’d come up with. But then, I still think there’s a good chance that just about any old mule is smarter than 99.9% of the members of congress)
Huh? Oh yeah, sorry, I’m back…
Anyway, their study showed that regular doses of ibuprofen did extend the lifespan of those, uh, creatures. A feat they’ve decided…
“…opens the door for a new exploration of so-called “anti-aging medicines.”
“Ibuprofen is a relatively safe drug, found in most people’s medicine cabinets,” he said.
“There is every reason to believe there are other existing treatments that can impact healthspan and we need to be studying them…”
To see the quote source and to read the rest of the story, click on the following blue link: Ibuprofen Anti-Aging Benefits
Tips For Healthy Aging:
While trolling around for interesting stories for today’s post, ran up on Stanford University’s ‘Be Well’ web site.
And, I spent way too much time reading some of the interesting articles they have there.
Two of the articles, both looking at the aging process, I particularly liked and thought you’d like them too.
The first article is about the positive side of aging.
Yeah, there are some… Click on the following blue link to see: Upside Of Aging
The second article is more of a ‘how-to’ piece. Don’t panic, it’s still interestingly written.
Most of us think healthy aging would include living independently, physically able to take care of our needs, while being mentally alert and having a social life.
Hm, sounds a lot like the ‘Mission Statement’ here at the Far Side Of 55.
What do you think healthy aging looks like? Click on the following blue link to, perhaps, get a bigger picture: Tips For Healthy Aging
Tanned Lab Mice Reveal Possible Anti-Aging Breakthrough:
Two teams of scientists from University of British Columbia and Providence Health Care may have found an anti-wrinkle solution, even though they weren’t looking for it…
Researcher David Granville said he was investigating why lack of an enzyme named Granzyme B in the mice made their blood vessels more resistant to hardening of the arteries — a major cause of heart attacks…”
Then he started noticing something else going on with his mice…
The skin of the mice receiving treatments to lower Granzyme B, (a protein), had fewer wrinkles, although they’d been subjected to long-term exposure of ultraviolet light, a form of radiation.
Hm… could these bold explorers have stumbled onto a miracle skin conditioner that we’re soon to see advertised on late night TV?
But, they’re definitely onto something with their work on blood vessels and arteries.
You can read the rest of the story when you click on the following blue link: Wrinkle Free
Bonus: 12 Minute Audio Interview With David Granville: click on following blue link: Anti-Wrinkle Research
When Does A Poor Memory Become Serious?
If you know me at all, you know my greatest aging fear is developing mental issues, like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
While I try to not be unreasonable about self-monitoring my memory and other brain functions, I do notice and judge myself when I forget a name, or come to an awkward pause in a conversation because I can’t remember what the heck I was gonna say…
Invariably, on such occasions, I wonder is this how dementia rears its ugly head?
Dementia is not the only cause of memory loss.
There are others, including medications, excessive alcohol, smoking, sleep deprivation, depression, stress and nutritional deficiency, to name a few…”
Well, I don’t drink.
I smoke cigars, but don’t inhale.
I mostly eat healthy.
I do sometimes have problems sleeping.
I’m used to the prescribed meds, I take, playing tricks on me.
And, I’m kinda the opposite of depressed.
But, I definitely don’t have any of the following signs of memory loss, or dementia:
- Asking the same question over and over again
- Getting lost in places that you previously had known very well
- Being unable to follow directions
- Becoming confused about the time, people you know and places
- Not taking care of yourself: eating poorly, having bad hygiene or jeopardizing your safety.
So I guess I should ease up on the dementia thing?
When you click on the following blue link you’ll be able to read a funny and interesting article about our memories and all those kinda things. You’ll like it… Classic Signs Of Dementia and Alzheimer’s
The Case Of The 18 Year-Long Stopped Up Nose:
Imagine a night of waking up every hour, because you had to blow your nose…
Now imagine doing it for 18 stinking years, not that you’d smell anything with a stopped up nose. Just saying…
Anyway, that’s what poor Nadia Campbell, an Illinois woman, had to endure, night after night.
Nadia trudged from one nose and throat specialist, after another, while unsuccessfully trying to get a good night’s sleep.
And, even after three different surgeries, she still had the same problem.
Finally, after 18 frustrating years, doctors at Loyola University’s health system solved Nadia’s mystery!
Read her amazing story when you click on the following blue link: The Case Of The Stuffy Nose
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.