Welcome to our weekly digest of news, views and ideas that could affect the health and longevity of us swell kids Living On The Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll begin with the following tidbit:
1: Coffee Drinkers Less Likely To Die Prematurely:
Good news for us coffee aficionados:
People who regularly drink 3 – 5 cups of coffee a day, have lower death rates than do coffee teetotalers.
Coffee is known to have a lot of naturally occurring antioxidants.
And, a typical cuppa Joe has only 2 calories.
However, when we scramble our cup of straight up coffee with (something a real java freak wouldn’t dream of) additives like cream, sugar and the awful junk sold by pimp joints like Starbucks, excess calories pump up quickly.
For example, one cup of Starbucks mocha Frappuccino, pushes over 400 calories!
A study published in the journal Circulation, and based on analysis of three 30 year studies, concluded that coffee drinkers are:
“less likely to die from life-shortening illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes; neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease; and even suicide.
In their study, researchers also accounted for environmental factors that influence death, such as smoking, body mass index, physical activity levels, alcohol consumption, and other dietary factors…”
Researchers blamed coffee’s life extending properties on the “bioactive compounds in coffee which reduce insulin resistance and systemic inflammation…” (So says Ming Ding (real name) from Harvard Department of Nutrition)
To read an interesting article about this research, click on the following blue link: Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk Of Premature Death
Can’t remember where I got the following, but here it is: (do with it as you wish) coffee drinkers have more sex…
2: How To Stay In Control At The End Of Your Life:
Some day, and at this moment, I’m hoping it’s in the very distant future, I’m gonna flat-out die.
And, so are you.
It’s a fact many of us are too chicken to think about and plan for.
After all, the process of dying could get messy.
As we near the end, some of us will face life threatening decisions. And, because some of us will be mentally incontinent, we won’t be able make those calls.
In such cases, doctors, or judges, who know nothing about our values or wishes, might have to make decisions that effect our life or death.
Instead of letting that happen, we could ‘adult-up’ and take a couple of simple steps now, that would put a stop on strangers controlling our exit from this veil of joy and tears.
Those steps are:
- Health care power of attorney
- Living will
U.S. residents can download a free living will form (just click the state you live in), at the following blue link: Living Will
You can fill out the yourself. But to make it legal, you’ll need your signature notarized.
Download a free ‘health care power of attorney’ (again, just click the state you live in),at the following blue link: Free health care power of attorney
3: How Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supplements Effects Older People’s Cognitive Functions:
As a faithful reader, you know I have serious doubts about the benefits from most nutritional supplements.
I mean, the promises, from people selling them, sound great, but research just doesn’t support them.
Even with my doubts, every other day, I take a tablespoon of pure Nordic codfish oil… just in case.
This week I read a study about the health effects fatty acids supplements, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), that’s making me rethink the whole codfish oil and Omega-3 deal.
The beginning object of the study, was to test if oral nutritional supplementation, would prevent vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). (An affliction I’ve been diagnosed with: AMD)
While studying the results, researchers also zoned in on the supplements effects on us kids Living On The Far Side Of 55’s cognitive functions. (average age of test subjects was 73)
To see what the study had to say about that, click on the following blue link: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supplements Effects On Older People’s Cognitive Functions
4: 10 Outdated Ideas About Heart Disease:
Heart disease is the # 1 killer in America. (See my post: 10 Top Causes Of Death In America)
Heck, back in 2004, I was given a year to live after being hospitalized with congestive heart failure!
Anyway, this past week I read an article, in the Harvard Health Letter, about how public misconceptions about heart health, could harm us.
The article listed 10 mistaken beliefs about the risk factors of heart problems.
You can lower your risk of heart disease with vitamins and supplements.
See if you can, when you click on the following blue link: 10 Outdated Ideas About Heart Disease
5: The End Of Modern Medicine As We Know It:
It’s no secret that many infections no longer respond favorably to antibiotic treatment.
Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report alleging that antibiotic resistance is becoming a serious, worldwide threat to public health.
This can’t be good…
This from the report:
“Antibiotic resistance causes people to be sick for longer and increases the risk of death.
For example, people with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are estimated to be 64% more likely to die than people with a non-resistant form of the infection.
Resistance also increases the cost of health care with lengthier stays in hospital and more intensive care required…”
To read more of the WHO report, click on the following blue link: The End Of Modern Health Modern Medicine
Another view of this problem at: MSN News
6: Come Dancing:
Ray Davies (Kinks) wrote this song as a tribute to his older sister who loved dancing, despite her life long heart condition.
when he was 13, she suffered a massive heart attack and died…on the dance floor!
Let’s you and I live loud & proud until our last moment, too!
Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, and your comments are always very welcome.