How a Healthy Diet can Help Seniors with Mesothelioma

Most Americans don’t know where to go for trustworthy nutritional guidance. We’ve received numerous conflicting messages for decades, and now we don’t know who to trust for dietary recommendations. Cancer patients are especially nervous about dietary choices, fearing the food they eat could fuel cancer growth. This isn’t exactly true, but a diet filled with processed foods instead of whole, fresh foods won’t help you recover well from cancer treatment. Seniors with malignant mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, can benefit from healthy dietary choices. A good diet will boost energy, improve mood and help seniors handle the side effects of cancer treatment. A few cancer patients have claimed control of their cancer using diet alone....

Why Greek Mountain Villagers Have Healthy Hearts

Elderly villagers are well known for their good health and long lives Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives. They found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to protect the heart by lowering levels of “bad” fats and cholesterol. Despite a diet rich in animal fat, the people of Mylopotamos in northern Crete do not suffer from cardiovascular disease. And they really love their cheese. What’s special about these Greek villages? The isolated villages of Zoniana and Anogia are high up in the mountains on the island of Crete. Few people move in or out of the villages and the inhabitants are known for living well into old age. Heart problems,...

The Secret to Living a Long Healthy Life—EAT LESS

In a restaurant setting sometime in the not-too distant future, a man and a woman are on their first date. After the initial nerves subside, all is going well. The man is 33, he says, has been single for most of those years, and, although he doesn’t mention it, knows he is looking to settle down and have a family. The woman replies that she is 52, has been married, divorced, and has children in their early 20s. He had no idea – she looked his age, or younger. This is a dream of Julie Mattison from the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) in the United States. She envisions a time when chronological age ticks by with every year, but biological age can be set to a different timer, where elderly doesn’t mean what it does now. It sounds far-fetched, but our...

Clean Eating: How good is it for you?

Young people are being warned that faddy diets are putting their health at risk. The National Osteoporosis Society found that a fifth of under-25s were cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet, which can affect their bones. One diet that – in its extreme form – recommends avoiding dairy is “clean eating”. What is clean eating? The idea is to only eat “clean” foods by cooking from scratch, choosing foods in their natural state, and eliminating refined sugar. More extreme versions might exclude gluten, grains, dairy – or even encourage a raw food diet. What’s on the menu? Pippa Selby, a clean eater for three years, starts the day with a bowl of smoothie, frozen fruit, fresh fruit, oats and a nut...

Oldest Human “dies in Indonesia” at aged 146

The Indonesian man who claimed to be 146 years old – the longest living human ever – has died in his village in Central Java.  According to his papers, Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870. But Indonesia only started recording births in 1900 – and there have been mistakes before. Yet officials told the BBC his papers were valid, based on documents he provided and interviews with him.  He was taken to hospital on 12 April because of deteriorating health. Six days later he insisted on checking out to return home. “Since he came back from the hospital, he only ate spoonfuls of porridge and drank very little,” his grandson Suyanto told the BBC.  “It only lasted a...

Exercise “keeps the mind sharp” in over 50’s study finds

Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found. This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline.  Taking up exercise at any age was worthwhile for the mind and body, the Australian researchers said. Exercises such as T’ai Chi were recommended for people over the age of 50 who couldn’t manage other more challenging forms of exercise, the study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said. Brain boost Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including...