How exercising keeps your cells young

There is much research going on to discover the process of aging. A recent study by German scientists studied men and women and the life span of their cells.

Some of the people were young and sedentary, some middle aged and sedentary and two groups were very active. One of the active groups were professional runners in their 20s – training about 45 miles a week. The other group were serious, middle-aged longtime runners (avg age 51) and average running of 50 miles/wk.

First thing the scientists noted was that the older runners looked much younger than their cohorts. And they found that the telomeres of the older and younger groups were the same size. Telomeres are the ends of DNA strands and as cells divide the telomere is snipped. Eventually, the telomere becomes too short and the cell dies. The length of a telomere is accepted by scientists as a reliable marker of the cell’s age.

When researchers measured the sedentary middle-aged groups telomeres, they found them to be 40% shorter than those of the sedentary young group.

Of course, many of us would not chose to run 50 miles a week. So the question is how much exercise does it take to keep the telomeres long and thus cellular life long? There is no exact answer to this; however, we do know that a sedentary lifestyle speeds up the death of cells. So the speculation is that any form of intense, regular exercise will improve ‘telomere biology’ or add youth to aging cells.

Give yourself a “bodylift” and start doing some intense cardio exercise every day.

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Travel Immunizations

Different immunizations are required depending on where you are traveling. Even short trips of less than two weeks may require a booster or vaccination. Check out the cdc.gov website to investigate what you may need.

If you have chronic problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, be sure and take a health record summary and sufficient medications. Take a list of your drugs in the generic form in case you need to get an overseas refill.

Medications for diarrhea, malaria and high altitude sickness
are often available to take with you as a precaution. Please ask your health care provider about this. And always pack a small health care kit of bandages, disinfectant, aspirin, diarrhea remedies, insect repellant and water purification tablets.
And check with your insurance company to see if/what it covers in health care outside the USA.

And of course, bring some photos back to share with your health care provider.

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October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

You may have noticed a recent ‘Run for the Cure’ race. October is breast cancer awareness month.
Over 90% of breast cancer is curable if found in the early stages. So this is the month to get a mammogram..tell your sisters, nieces, aunts, daughters, mothers…to get screened. Early breast cancer may have no symptoms or notable signs. Self examination – although useful – will often not pick up early breast cancer. Schedule your mammograms today. There is a tweet going around..
‘big or small – save them all’

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Vitamin D

We have known about the relationship of sunlight exposure and vitamin D levels for over 60 yrs. In the past 20 years studies have shown that over exposure to UV from sunlight is linked to skin cancer. And as the use of sunscreen and limiting sun exposure has increased, our levels of vitamin D has decreased.

Vitamin D has broad spectrum effects on our cells. It regulates calcium and phosphorous, helps cell growth and decreases the risk of some forms of colon and breast cancer. There is continuing research looking at the correlation between vitamin D and several other forms of cancer and medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer dementia.  Vitamin D is essential in bone health.
The daily recommended dose of vitamin D3 for adults is between 1-2000 international units a day. Increasing BMI and age are risk factors for vitamin D deficiency. And decreased exposure to sunlight or use of sunscreen also decreases the amount of vitamin D.
Be sure to have your vitamin D levels checked at your annual physical exam.

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