Recent Research interesting findings

12 Aug

1.  Running on a regular basis can slow the effects of ageing, a study by US researchers shows.

Elderly joggers were half as likely to die prematurely from conditions like cancer than non-runners. They also enjoyed a healthier life with fewer disabilities, the Stanford University Medical Center team found. Experts said the findings in Archives of Internal Medicine reinforced the importance that older people exercise regularly.

 

2. Could Scientist be Closer to finding the Fountain of Youth?

Cell change ‘keeps organs young’ 

 

Researchers may have found a way to halt the biological clock which slows down our bodies over the decades.

 

A US team thinks it may have found the genetic levers to help boost a system vital to cleaning up faulty proteins within our cells.

 

The journal Nature Medicine reported that the livers of genetically-altered older mice worked as well as those in younger animals.

 

They suggested it might one day help people with progressive brain diseases.

 

  These results show it’s possible to correct this protein ‘logjam’ that occurs in our cells as we get older, thereby perhaps helping us to enjoy healthier lives well into old age

 The researchers, from Yeshiva University in New York, are focusing on a process which is central to the proper working of cells.

 

The fundamental chemicals of cells – proteins – often have very short working lives, and need to be cleared away and recycled as soon as possible.

 

The body has a system for doing just that, but it becomes progressively less efficient as we get older.

 

This leads to progressive falls in the function of major organs – the heart, liver and brain, some of which contribute to the diseases of old age.

 

3.  Fish is Good and getting better

Eating fish regularly could improve your mood according to recent studies.  Apparently the omega 3 in fish helps to produce this good feeling. Go ahead and fish for happiness. While the study suggested that omega-3s may promote structural improvement in areas of the brain related to mood and emotion regulation — the same areas where grey matter is reduced in people who have mood disorders such as major depressive disorder — more research is needed to determine whether fish consumption actually causes changes in the brain, researchers noted.

 

4. Regular eating time is encouraged for better health

Talking of eating and food, recent studies also  show that meals eaten at regular hours of the day reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Those who are watching what they eat may want to shift their attention to the benefits of eating meals at regular hours.
According to researchers at the Karolinska Institute at the Swedish Medical University, people that eat at random hours of the day are more at risk for suffering from metabolic syndrome and developing glucose intolerance.
Metabolic syndrome is characterised by a waist size that is double than normal, arterial hypertension, hyperglycemia and a reduced level of HDL cholesterol. Basically, all the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes are combined in one person.
To come to these conclusions, investigators observed 400 people over 60 years of age who were known to eat meals at irregular hours and skip their meals.
“Dietary advice is usually all about what kind of food we should eat,”  said Professor Mai-Lis Hellénius, who conducted the research. “But this study shows that the way in which we eat can also be an important health factor.”  

5. A new study shows a strong correlation between exercise and preventing dementia.

Health care professionals routinely encourage us to get out there and exercise. The benefits of an active lifestyle are legion — reduced weight, an efficient heart, healthy lungs and a general sense of well-being. New research is now suggesting that exercise during middle age may help stave off dementia, and may even be an important preventative measure against Alzheimer’s.

 

The study also noted that The study noted that those in middle age who exercised at least twice a week were 50 per cent less likely to develop dementia, and 60 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who did not exercise. These numbers show an astonishing distinction between physically active and sedentary individuals when it comes to brain health. And although more studies need to be conducted before this evidence becomes conclusive, there does seem to be a serious correlation between exercise and long-term brain health.

 

 

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