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Coffee Klatch Redemption


New research from the Harvard School of Public Health confirms that drinking two or three cups of coffee a day can help deal with the following risks later in life. Alzheimer’s – may slow or stop the formation of beta-amyloid plaque.


(University of South Florida, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) Cancer – antioxidant properties may lower the risk of hormonally related cancers like endometrial, aggressive prostate and estrogen-neg- ative breast cancers.


(University of Massachusetts, Nutrients)


Diabetes – helpful for short- term blood glucose control; long- term use increases the body’s level of adinopectin, a hormone that assists in blood sugar control and insulin production. (Kyushu University, Japan, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) Heart attack – moderate use has been associated with a slightly lower risk in women. (Tohoku University, Japan, The Jour- nal of Nutrition) Stroke – up to four cups


[maximum] a day may lower the risk of stroke.


(Kyung Hee University, Korea, meta- analysis, Korean Journal of Family Medicine)


Caveat: Excessive amounts of caf- feine can also cause health issues, especially as we age. Consult with a health professional to determine us- age appropriate to the individual.


percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a nor- mal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and meno- pausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recom- mends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.


Good Posture “We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch,” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet. Bending, stretching and strength training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, es- sentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith. Yoga postures like the cobra and the bow are also helpful, as are visits to a


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chiropractor or other structural therapist.


Healthy Skin “Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation, de- scent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed. Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nutrition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompa- ny stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an eco- nomical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupres- sure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy


and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.”


Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at KathleenBarnes.com.


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