It is estimated that good genes—or the right genes, perhaps—account for just 25 percent of the longevity equation: that means that you control 75 percent of your destiny. Not only has technology pointed the way to living longer, but science has studied the ways in which our bodies react to small changes in lifestyle and attitude, setting you on a course that will allow you to be increasingly robust as you approach the century mark. In fact, researchers found that of those who crossed the one hundred-year mark, 75 percent of them were healthy enough to live at home and take care of themselves at age ninety-five. Researchers also have quantified the factors that lead to long, full lives. No longer do we have to simply guess about what is good for us and what is not. Specific changes in attitude and lifestyle have been proven to be effective in driving the forces that determine longevity.
Excerpt from Living Well At One Hundred, written by Dr. Darlene McCord
During the twentieth century, the ability to live longer was primarily the result of improved sanitation and the discovery of antibiotics. More recently, the many reasons for the improved journey to longevity can be attributed to technological advances never before possible. These advances have provided ways to treat or cure diseases, reverse aging, and repair damaged organs. Better diagnostic tools (including mammograms, MRIs, and other advanced tests) have contributed significantly to longevity. Medical science has developed treatments that boggle the mind—for example, the laparoscopic surgery techniques used to treat cardiovascular disease and perform other organ repairs are nothing short of amazing. The advances are even more astounding for those of us fortunate enough to be able to observe many of these new technologies while they are still on laboratory benches. Watching the enthusiasm of young scientists for the research they are doing and the scientific advances they are making provides me with an unparalleled belief in the ability to reach one hundred in good health.
However, along with scientific breakthroughs have come problems. The pharmaceutical industry has profited enormously by advertising and selling “miracle drugs” meant to cure every ill, and physicians are prescribing them at our expense. It is my goal to help you step back and take a closer look at the course that is being offered by pharmaceutical companies. And then offer a different journey toward good health, one that relies on your own personal ability to make small but important changes in your life.
Excerpt from Living Well At One Hundred, written by Dr. Darlene McCord
Your Genes and Aging
According to a geneticist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, your genes may have an important effect on how long you will live. If you have a relative who lived into his or her one hundreds, the odds are twenty times higher than those of the average person that you will live into old age as well. With that in mind, scientists are now working on figuring out how subtle differences in genes affect our longevity. Early studies have shown that there might be a link between insulin production and age-related diseases. A geriatrics specialist at the University of Hawaii found that an insulin-pathway gene in Japanese men over age ninety-five corresponded to improved energy usage. Another scientist noted that centenarians also have an improved amount of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), commonly referred to as “good” cholesterol.
With more centenarians and supercentenarians (those living past 110) being studied today, scientists are optimistic that target genes for longevity may be identified and studied. The New England Centenarian Study has already noted that there are even more similarities in genetic factors among supercentenarians than centenarians, thus perhaps making it possible to isolate those genes that may contribute to aging. Scientists have already determined that smoking, diet, and exercise affect whether we will live to our eighties in good health—with further research, we may be able to find other factors that lead to living well into our hundreds. But simply living longer, or increasing our life expectancy, does not address the key issue: It’s not just about living long, it’s about living well. This is no longer a matter of good luck—living a long and healthy life means maintaining good habits and becoming aware of the latest in genetic testing and scientific breakthroughs. Not only is it possible to just live to be one hundred it’s possible to live a full and active life with many wonderful years to follow.
This discussion leads us to the basic question addressed in this book:
What does it take to live a Long and Healthy Life?
Here are some factors:
- » Good genes
- » Healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables
- » Exercise
- » Meditation and stress relief
- » Improved nutrition with supplements
- » Mental stimulation: for example, reading, classes, the visual arts
- » Socializing
- » Positive attitude
- » Reduced dependence on prescription drugs
- » Seeing a physician who prescribes changes in diet before prescribing drugs
- » Laughter
- » Music
- » Sleeping at least eight hours per night
- » Healthy lifestyle free of smoking and heavy drinking
- » Weight control
Our Answer to the Question is: All of the above.
We are on a journey to good health and longevity. Small changes, or little steps along your journey to good health, will set you on a course that will allow you to be robust as you approach the century mark.
Wow! Living To 120!
The number of people living past one hundred doubled between 1980 and 1990, and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of centenarians will reach one hundred thirty-one thousand by the year 2010. The projections show a doubling every ten years, with the number reaching eight hundred thirty-four thousand by 2050. The growth in this population segment is so large that it is now called “Generation C” (the “C” here represents the Roman numeral for one hundred). Demographers are now counting the number of supercentenarians, defined as people age 110 or older.
In the past, it was an unusual feat when someone lived to what was considered to be the old age of seventy. Today, the fastest-growing population in the U.S. is people eighty-five or older. These days, with all our modern advances in medicine, treatment, and our healthier lifestyles, more and more people are living longer and enjoying their good health well into their golden years. Scientific American reports that there are currently more than sixty thousand people nationwide who are more than one hundred years old, up dramatically from just a decade ago. Many experts on aging say they are surprised every day by the number of people who are able to live without assistance well into their nineties. According to a group of scientists at Oxford University, the ability of people to live to the upper limits of 120 years of age will be possible due to advancements in modern medicine.
Life expectancy: the upward progression of this is interesting. When the Declaration of Independence was signed, life expectancy was just twenty-three years; in the 1800s, life expectancy was still under fifty years; in the 1900s we were expected to live into our seventies and eighties. Now it is predicted that anywhere from one to three million baby boomers will reach their one hundredth birthdays, while one in ten girls and one in twenty boys born today will live to be one hundred. Figures like these indicate that life expectancy is not set in stone. In fact, we have only scratched the surface of our understanding of the elements that impact it.
In past decades we were trained to believe that we were supposed to work hard, save for our retirement at sixty-five, live only a few years more, and then leave the rest of our accumulated money to family and friends. Now, with more baby boomers in this country reaching age one hundred, sixty-five may be considered middle-aged!
What do the Bible and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have in common? It may be hard to imagine, but both refer to the fact that you can live to 120. That’s right! Genesis 6:3 states, “[Man’s] days shall be a hundred and twenty years,” while the IRS passed a ruling that went into effect on January 1, 2009, requiring that every actuarial table must anticipate that you may live to be 120. (I guess the IRS is just getting caught up on the two-thousand-year-old news.) Insurance companies, human resources departments, retirement fund planners, financial institutions, and anyone else providing benefits to individuals over the course of their lifetimes use actuarial tables. These companies do not set the life expectancy criterion—your government (specifically, the IRS)— does. As a result, financial planners are spending trillions of dollars based on the belief that you are going to be living longer than ever before, well beyond one hundred. If you are sixty, according to your government, you are only middle-aged, and the phrase “the rest of your life” is taking on new meaning. We are clearly living longer than any of us ever imagined possible.
What does any of this have to do with you? Not only are prolonged life and good health great news for America’s seniors from a lifestyle perspective, but they are also positive things from a life insurance perspective. Insurance companies will be adopting new actuarial tables that incorporate the new projected mortality levels within the next five or six years, many of them even sooner. Actuarial and mortality tables are utilized by life insurance companies to compute the probability of death by a certain age. In other words, they tell life insurance companies how long you are expected to live, on average, based on your age and sex. For the first time in more than twenty years, the American Academy of Actuaries has revised the tables to reflect America’s trend toward living longer. The new tables increase the maximum (theoretical) life expectancy to 120 years, not because actuaries think many people will actually live to the age of 120, but because this is the absolute highest age that it is theoretically possible for a person to reach today.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2000, the average life expectancy for American males was seventy-four, up four years from 1980 (when the previous tables were written). For American females, the average life expectancy in 2000 was seventy-nine years, up two years from the 1980 tables. In addition, the annual improvement in male mortality of the general U.S. population has improved by 2 percent in the age group fifty-five to fifty-nine and has improved by 1.2 percent for females of the same age group.
Longer life spans mean that the mortality and expense charges you pay for insurance coverage should be lower, which should, in turn, lower your premiums: some insurance companies are claiming that the new tables will allow them to drop their rates by as much as 30 percent once they are adopted. Insurance companies benefit from the longer life spans of their consumers because they don’t have to set aside as much money to cover death benefit payouts, so these savings should be passed on to their consumers. (Some sources estimate that most insurance companies will be putting aside approximately 15 percent less than they currently do to cover death benefits. These changes mean that it is especially important to examine your insurance policy frequently and compare rates of various companies to see who has adopted the new tables and are therefore able to offer you lower rates.)
In the latest trial of the ongoing intervention study PREDIMED, Spanish researchers found that following a Mediterranean diet may cut the risk of diabetes by about 30 percnt compared to the control diet, which was characterized as a low fat diet.
The study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved 3,541 men and women who were a subgroup of the larger PREDIMED study that enrolled over 7,000 participants from seven communities in Spain since 2003. The men and women for this particular trial were between 55 and 80 years of age and at high risk for heart disease, but without diabetes.
As is standard with the PREDIMED study, the participants were assigned to one of three diets: Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts, or a control diet (participants were advised to follow a low fat diet). The participants were not asked to exercise or lose weight.
At follow up which was on average 4.1 years, 101 individuals from the control group developed diabetes, while only 80 individuals from the olive oil Mediterranean diet group developed the disease. The researchers noted that adherence was much higher in the Mediterranean diet groups and concluded that a Mediterranean diet enriched with extra virgin olive oil without caloric limitations may reduce diabetes risk in individuals with a high heart disease risk.
This is not the first time that the Mediterranean diet has been found to have a preventative effect against diabetes. In 2011 a smaller trial (418 participants) of the PREDIMED study showed that a Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of type II diabetes by almost 50 percent compared to a low fat diet.
When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks.
Easy, Tasty (and Healthy) Snacks
You may need an adult to help with some of these snacks.
1. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.
2. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
3. Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
4. Mini Pizza: Toast a whole-wheat English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
5. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.
6. Sandwich Cut-Outs: Make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out your favorite shape using a big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!
7. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.
8. Apple Pie Oatmeal: Make one packet of microwave oatmeal with low-fat milk. Mix in 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. Sprinkle with apple pie spice or cinnamon.
9. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
10. Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and enjoy with whole-grain crackers.
11. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
12. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.
13. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
14. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins.
15. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
16. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
17. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.
18. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and salsa.
19. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
20. Toast a whole-grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and peaches.
21. Mix together low-fat cream cheese, mixed dried fruit bits and shelled sunflower seeds. Spread on a toasted English muffin.
22. Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds for a delicious smoothie.
23. Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a whole-grain dinner roll.
24. Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.
25. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.
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The aging population is a difficult audience for food and drink manufacturers to target. Consumers do not want to be considered old yet they face a large number of chronic—and to some degree preventable—health problems. Nevertheless, products that target age-related health disorders, such as those connected to the digestive system, are in heavy demand as consumers seek to maintain a good state of health.
Euromonitor International’s recent global report on aging looked at four health trends: cardiovascular health, bone and joint health, brain health and memory and vision health. However, as digestive health is assuming higher priority among aging consumers, it should not be ignored. Digestive health was the third largest prime positioning in 2013, with global sales of $75 billion. This article assesses opportunities within this positioning for food and drink manufacturers.
Fiber Will Be Key
Food and drink manufacturers that target the aging should ensure their products can be easily incorporated into daily diets and are packaged in an accessible format. Those positioned for digestive health could benefit from the inclusion of ingredients such as fiber, probiotics and prunes. Fiber One of the first remedies prescribed for digestive health disorders is to eat more fiber, particularly as it can relieve constipation, a common problem among the elderly. Dietary intake of fiber does not only have to come from bakery products such as breakfast cereals and bread, as we are increasingly seeing it incorporated into juice. For example, leading digestive health brand Activia has branched out into soft drinks, launching Activia Nectar in Brazil in 2011, which promotes the benefits of a high fiber intake. Juice has the extra advantage of providing digestive health benefits through the use of fiber in addition to a wealth of vitamins and minerals. The combination of well-recognized ingredients, in an easy to consume format, can provide added value. The use of fiber, particularly wheat bran, rye and barley fiber, has the potential to give the digestive health category a much-needed boost outside the pro/prebiotic arena. One region that could benefit is Western Europe, where probiotics have not gained any EU health claims. While fiber gained six EU Article 13.1 General Health Claims due to specific wording, not all are marketable, such as “contributes to an increase in fecal bulk.” The one that will have the most resonance with consumers is wheat bran fiber, which can promote intestinal transit.
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Dr. Takkin Lo is being sponsored by Dr. Darlene McCord and the McCord Research/Pinnaclife team to visit Asia and help educate on wound care practices. Dr. Lo is a supporter of the Pinnaclife products, and is helping to bring awareness and training to those in the Philippines.
Enjoy the photos of Dr. Lo in the Philippines!
Pictured above: Rafael Cruz, Dr. Takkin Lo, Wendy Lum
Session with Cambert Reps
Group Photo with Dr. Takkin Lo
Sitting: Dr. Takkin LO, Dr. Lopez (Surgeon) & Dr. Lopez (Endocrinologist)
Standing: Redel Navarro (Cambert Sales Manager) and Josie Paule of Cambert