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Archive for the ‘ Aging ’ Category

30 Aug

Workout in a Pill?

As you probably already know, we here at MDA are all about making informed decisions that produce the best results with a minimal amount of effort. For example, what’s the point in running yourself to death when you can achieve better results with a short and intense workout session? In this sense we are all […]

25 Aug

Dear Mark: Healthy Body Weight?

Dear Mark, What do you think about the claim that being heavier doesn’t necessarily mean you’re less healthy than someone who’s thin? Thanks to reader Corey for his question and for sending the New York Times article that highlights recent research. The article references a study published in this month’s Archives of Internal Medicine.

23 Jul

Relaxation Response

In the last few months we’ve been highlighting new research that illustrates the power of individuals to influence their genetic expression through basic lifestyle choices, whether through diet, exercise, or avoidance of pollution. The message, as always, is that we aren’t passive victims to aging or any propensities in our genetic heritage. How we live […]

11 Jul

Is All Chocolate Created Equal?

My wife and I tend to receive a lot of chocolate, usually as holiday or dinner party gifts. Friends and business associates know we’re not dessert people but that we indulge in chocolate and red wine on occasion (i.e. those Sensible Vices). As a result, I’ve gotten to try a lot of the best chocolates […]

9 Jun

Drink Less Water?

Dear Mark, I always hear that I should be drinking eight glasses of water a day, but it takes a lot of unnatural effort to get close to that. Is it just me? What’s your take on the water rule? Best, Jaime As you know by now, my job is to question Conventional Wisdom. One […]

4 Jun

Definitive Guide: The Primal Blueprint

Build the Healthiest Possible Body with the Primal Blueprint I get emails every day from people who are changing their lives for the better by following the guidelines I outline on this site. But many are looking for more of what the Primal Blueprint has to offer. That is to say, they want a comprehensive […]

3 Jun

Plants Preserve Muscle Mass

We’ve always been dear friends, staunch allies, and devoted advocates for our edible friends in the plant kingdom. Whatever craziness descends upon our lives and our society, there’s sanity, indeed healthful respite in a bountiful, brimming, vibrant dinner plate of vegetables. And now there’s even more reason for veggie veneration. Research from Tufts University funded […]

2 Jun

Dear Mark: Primal Personal Products?

Dear Mark, What are your thoughts on using personal products such as lotion, deodorant, or even toothpaste? I use these daily, but it certainly doesn’t jive with my “caveman diet” philosophies. Thanks to reader Steve for his question. It’s true, old Grok wasn’t exactly getting facials and eyebrow waxings at the spa over yonder. While […]

19 Apr

Move Your Body for Your Brain

A study presented Wednesday at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting suggests that regular physical exercise may offer a protective benefit against mild cognitive impairment. How cognitively impaired are we talking here? Think forgetting where you left your keys, remembering events, appointments, or to check Mark’s Daily Apple every day (as if you could […]

11 Apr

Antioxidants and the Stress of Eating

Sorry, we’re not talking about how to politely show your Aunt Mildred how much you appreciate her tomato jello mold. Research from the Agricultural Research Service suggests that eating antioxidant rich foods such as berries with each meal can neutralize the free radicals inevitably created by the oxidative stress of regular digestion. As if you […]

28 Mar

Your Belly Bone’s Connected to Your Brain Bone

A study published online in this month’s Neurology suggests that people whose waistline expands once they hit age 40 are more likely to develop dementia in their 70s than their slimmer peers. For the study, researchers measured the abdominal fat of 6,583 people between the ages of 40 and 45 living in Northern California. After […]

3 Mar

My Knee is Killing Me… No, Really.

One of the standard defenses uttered by those who desperately cling to the fast food and couch-potato lifestyle is, “why should I live like a hunter-gatherer? Their average lifespan was only 35 years.” Ipso fatso, if we clearly weren’t designed to live long, why make all those diet and exercise sacrifices?” This common faulty assumption […]

28 Feb

Reader Response: Being Fit is Good for Sex

Last week we heard from reader, primalman08, in response to the Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy post: I would like to encourage you to do more on the sexual benefits of living well. In my practice, I am astonished and saddened to hear about the lack of sex people over 50 are having with […]

19 Feb

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy

We know by now that we need to work out, need to eat the right foods and do stuff that is “healthy for us,” but sometimes when we’re waking up at 5 am to hit the treadmill before work or shunning the donuts at the breakfast meeting, its easy to lose sight of what we’re […]

16 Feb

Magnificent Muscle

A research study out this week indicates type II muscle mass associated with strength training not only helps reduce body fat but alters overall metabolism. Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have demonstrated that in mice, the use of barbells may be as important to losing weight and improving health as the […]

14 Feb

Mature Muscle?

A few weeks ago we tackled the importance of lean muscle mass in aging and its typical correlation with organ reserve. Conventional wisdom tells us that muscle is easiest to develop when you are young, that we tend to lose muscle as we age, and that it becomes more difficult to put on muscle as […]

31 Jan

The Role of Lean Muscle Mass and Organ Reserve in Aging

There’s been a lot in the news lately about the question of longevity. This past week an article discussed the role of exercise in “biological aging,” the relative age of a person based on biomarkers (determined by telomere length in this study), rather than simple chronology. To add to this discussion, I want to offer […]

30 Jan

The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol

That makes it easy. With all the talk of fighting, battling, combating and beating cholesterol into submission, you’d think it had a black plastic body suit and James Earl Jones’ voice. Big Pharma has, dutifully created quite an arsenal for our supposed defense, and the medical community has been a willing faction, delivering the rhetoric […]

24 Jan

The Hype Over Human Growth Hormone

A lot of questions hit the MDA doorstep about HGH, Human Growth Hormone, and with good reason. It’s been touted in some circles as a bottled fountain of youth among other grandiose claims. Countless companies have jumped on that bandwagon, peddling worthless products with HGH labels. We love to take on the propagandists and snake […]

15 Jan

Drink up: Red Wine Ingredient Reduces Signs of Aging

Finally, the excuse you were looking for to hit the bottle: Researchers from Sirtris Pharmaceuticals this week announced that a derivative of an ingredient in red wine may help reverse the signs of aging! The ingredient in question is resveratol, a naturally occurring substance in wine, that stimulates a gene known as SIRT1. In previous […]

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