September 11, 2010

It's the Little Things

1 Simple Actions Linked to Longevity in Seniors

Simple things such as a brisk walk and a firm handshake in a senior citizen may mean that he or she will live longer than those who do not have these attributes. Thirty-three data sets from previous studies allowed researchers in London to analyze grip strength, walking speed, time it took to rise from a chair and balancing on one leg in people, mostly 70 years old and older, none of whom lived in a nursing home. Those with the weakest grip were 1.67 times more likely to die during the studies compared to the individuals with the strongest grip and those with the slowest walking pace tripled their risk of dying compared to those with the fastest. Factors such as frailty and overall physical decline or diseases not yet identified are possible explanations for the results.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Less Active Thyroid Linked to Longevity

Tags: Elderly, Handshake Grip, Longevity, Physical Activity in the Eldery, Markers of Longevity

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Heart, Balance and Attitude Key

2 Factors in Diabetics Increase Cognitive Problems

A study of forty-one type 2 diabetes and 458 healthy controls showed that high blood pressure (BP), gait and balance problems and reporting bad health was associated with impaired cognition. Gait and balance problems had the greatest link to and accounted for between 32 and 62 percent of scores on seven cognitive tests. High systolic BP and reporting bad health accounted for one-third to one-half of the scores on four and five of the tests, respectively. Researchers believe vascular problems in diabetes are related to impaired cognition. Thinking negatively about one’s own health “may be an important indicator of ways in which a cluster of health-related beliefs and behaviors can modulate the effect of this disease on cognitive adaptation," according to study co-author Roger Dixon.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Insurer to Pay to Help Control Diabetes

Tags: Balance, Cognition, Gait, Type 2 Diabetes, Impaired Cognition, High Systolic Blood Pressure, Reporting One’s Own Health

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Sensory Function Is Restored

3 Drug Reverses Debilitating Condition in Diabetics

Researchers at the University of Kansas have developed a drug that stops and reverses diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in mice, a condition that that ultimately leads to nerve death in the extremities of diabetics. This drug, KU-32, restored sensory function to damaged tissue when orally administered to diabetic mice with DPN once a week. It appears to be completely non-toxic according to tests and it is very well absorbed into the bloodstream. It appears to inhibit a specific protein from the family of proteins known as molecular chaperones but the exact mechanism is unknown. Also whether new nerves were regenerated or it improved the existing ones is unknown. More testing needs to be done before it could go into human clinical trials, but researchers are very optimistic.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Ginger May Prevent Diabetic Cataracts

Tags: Diabetes, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, KU-32

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