We live in a country with the best medical care in the world, so why is our health deteriorating? Is it some type of genetic mutation? Can we blame our genes? Our parents? As it turns out, the more we learn about the genome and our biological blueprint the more we realize two very important factors: 1) our genes have changed less than 0.1% since our ancestors began walking upright millions of years before. 2) Most diseases, including many cancers, are the result of lifestyle, not genetics. Our genes represent potential, both good and bad. By improving our lifestyle, i.e. diet, nutrients, exercise, and stress reduction, we initiate positive genetic outcomes and limit the negative genetic possibilities. In scientific terms, this means we alter our genetic expression. So dont blame Mom and Dad! Instead, adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Aging well improves your health. By improving your health you enhance your vitality. Following my plan will help you improve your metabolism so you have more energy and a healthier body composition. You can slow and even reverse the changes seen with the aging process. In effect, you will become chronologically older as you become biologically younger. When you enhance your vitality you improve your lifeso, age well to live well. Here's the first step in my Aging Well Plan.
Begin aging well by controlling insulin levels...AGING WELL GOAL #1: CONTROL INSULIN LEVELS Insulin control .not just for diabetics The hormone insulin is secreted by the pancreas. It is essential for life. Insulin has multiple functions primarily dealing with storage in the body. It allows us to transport glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into cells for energy production. People who dont produce insulin require frequent daily injections of insulin to live. Most of us, however, produce way too much insulin.When we lose control of our insulin levels we set ourselves up for many adverse health consequences and accelerated aging. When insulin levels are consistently elevated the cells become resistant to the insulin message. To overcome this insulin resistance, the pancreas has to secrete even more insulin. The elevated insulin levels lead us down a path of accelerated aging. Elevated insulin levels leads to obesity, hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, and diabetes (type 2). Prolonged elevated insulin levels to Metabolic Syndrome. High insulin levels disrupt hormone balance throughout the body. High insulin levels increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer! High insulin levels increase inflammation throughout the body.
High glucose (sugar) levels result in high insulin levels High insulin levels lead to Metabolic Syndrome Metabolic Syndrome leads to poor health and accelerated agingIn the current health care model, high insulin levels lead to a condition called Metabolic Syndrome. Patients with this syndrome are usually obese, hypertensive, have high cholesterol readings and are at a dramatically increased risk of having a heart attack. They also have a dramatically shortened life span (accelerated aging) If you dont make the necessary lifestyle changes, your metabolic syndrome will be treated with prescriptions for blood pressure medication, cholesterol lowering medication, blood sugar lowering medications, and even diet pills! A much healthier approach is to deal with the underlying problem of Metabolic Syndromeinsulin control. We monitor goal # 1 with a blood test called fasting insulin levelHealthy aging goal: Fasting insulin level less than 5 A thought provoker: Cancer cells have 20 times more insulin receptors than normal cells. Cancer cells live and thrive on sugar. Learn about the health problems associated with high insulin levels...HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH INSULIN LEVELSOBESITYDIABETESHEART DISEASE CANCER DEMENTIA ELEVATED CHOLESTEROLELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE INCREASED INFLAMMATION HORMONE IMBALANCES ACCELERATED AGINGOSTEOARTHRITIS POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME FATTY LIVER You must maintain stable and low insulin levels to slow the aging process. In upcoming articles, we will discuss how to control insulin levels.Dr. Frank Comstock, a ThirdAge Expert Voice, is board certified in Anti-aging Medicine. This article was excerpted from Anti-Aging 101.