Another sunny, 79 degree day here in beautiful Panama City, Florida.
Unless we go out on the white sands of our beaches, there’ll be no white Christmas for us.
Works for me…
I hope you’re healthy and enjoying life, too.
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
New Cholesterol Guidelines:
From the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association:
…Nearly all individuals in their late 60s and early 70s – including 100 percent of men – now qualify for, and should consider, starting a statin medication to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease…”
The study goes on to say ‘statins’ should be taken by that age group, even if their cholesterol levels are normal.
Until doing some independent research, I used to take cholesterol reducing medications. And, for me, the potentially harmful health effects of long-term statin use, outweighed the unproven benefits. (Liver damage, and neurological damages, to mention only two)
Read more about statin’s risks when you click on the following blue link: Statin Side Effects
I may be ‘dead’ wrong, but I’ve a real problem with these new recommendations.
Yet, the study does list some compelling arguments in favor of their use.
Decide for yourself when you get more information about the study. Click on the following blue link: New Cholesterol Guidelines
Missing Link Between Aging and Brain Function Found:
Weizmann Institute researchers Prof. Michal Schwartz, and Dr. Ido Amit, think they’ve finally found the unique signature link between cognitive decline and aging.
…Schwartz’s group had shown that the immune system actually plays an important role both in healing the brain after injury and in maintaining the brain’s normal functioning. They have found that this brain-immune interaction occurs across a barrier that is actually a unique interface within the brain’s territory…”
The exciting news here: this discovery opens the possibility of being able to successfully repair and perhaps, prevent, age related brain and cognitive decline…
Source of above quote and to read more, click on the following blue link: Link Between Aging and Brain Function
Slow Running May Increase Longevity:
New study from Iowa State University suggests that running at a slow speed for just 5-10 minutes a day can significantly reduce mortality risk, and running for any longer may actually do more harm than good. Source
I used to run ‘cross country’ 6 days a week. Stopped after complications from a fall made me get a hip replacement.
Now I walk about 3.5 miles daily. Which is proven to be good for my heart and fights off depression.
After reading this study, I’ve been thinking about adding this ‘slow running’ exercise to my health routine. I’ll keep you posted…
You can read this very interesting study when you click on the following blue link: Benefits of Slow Running
Exercising After 50:
Good health and independence, go ‘hand in glove’ with staying active.
Regular exercise, beyond our usual activities, promotes good physical health. It also helps maintain our brain functions, prevents mental decline and protects us from heart disease.
But, is exercising safe for us kids on the Far Side Of 55?
Here’s what the National Institute on Aging says:
For most older adults, brisk walking, riding a bike, swimming, weight lifting, and gardening are safe, especially if you build up slowly. But, check with your doctor if you are over 50 and you aren’t used to energetic activity…”
To see even more reasons why we can’t afford to not exercise, click on the following blue link: Exercising After 50
Senior Citizens Exercise Questions Answered:
You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t smart (and probably good-looking). Being smart, and experienced, we’re apt to ask questions before we jump into something with both feet.
And this post, if anything, has been heavy with appeals for exercising. Soooo….
I thought the following link to a U.S. government web page, that answers 20 of our fellow senior citizens most burning questions about the risks of exercising, appropriate.
Click on the following blue link: Senior Citizens Exercise Questions Answered
And, that’s a wrap. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…