i agree somewhat with Bithoo. I am a registered nurse and evaluate medical problems that include the effects of aging on the body in a scientific manner. However, I also know that some of the ideas in this article can retard -slow down the aging process.
As we age and get into our 50,s 60's, 70' and older, certain uncontrollable things occur within the body on the inside and the outside.
1. We lose more muscle and maintain more fat so weight trainning helps slow this process. Hopwever, if you have Osteoporosis( brittle bones) weight trainning could triggor a fracture. Perhaps walking for an hour would be better.
2. As for the face this is what happens no matter what you eat; don't despair because there are surgical and non-surgical options to help restore a youthful look.
A. The fat under the eyes starts to travel downward creating naso-labial folds( deep creases on either side of the nose)
B. The upper eyelids start to droop because the skin is less elastic. The lower eyelids can develop under eye bags for the same reason. Make-up applied correctly can create an illusion to counter this effect. Apply a light concealer or make-up in the depressed areas and a darker make-up on the pouch( raised areas). The effect will be to raise the depressed circle under the eye and depress the puff. However, eyelid surgery can be done on an out patient basis:it is painless and takes about two weeks to heal, meaning that the bruised areas go away in that period of time. Otherwise the stitches are removed in about 5 days and you will look 10 years younger. The cost for this procedure is about $2000.
C. Wrinkles appear on the forehead, sides of the eyes and upper cheeks. The chin may develop little pin holes. This can be treated with Botox and creams that have Retin A
in therapeutic quantity like Atralin, Tazorak and the like. Applied to the wrinkled areas they halp Collagen grow. Collagen is the substance that is the framework that hold the face together. It is the lack of Collagen that produces many of the signs of aging. Their are also laser procedures that help the cells in the face produce more Collagen which eventually gives the face a smoother and more youthful look.
Liposuction of extra facial fat can also be done. Thermage is a procedure that lifts and tightens faceial skin. You can Google aesthetic cosmetic procedures and learn about them.Nothing that you eat is going to retard wrinkles and fat that is drifting downward from the upper face creating Jowls and the like.
D.As for Arthitis and other problems relating to aging there are medications that help with these problems and coupled with proper diet can also help slow these processes. However, better drugs need to be found that can stop the processes underlying the diseases of aging.
As for healthy eating in general: based on people that I have personally known who smoked, were alcoholics and ate fatty foods, didn't exercise but nevertheless lived into their 90's I would think that genetics plays a role in longivity.
On the other hand health life styles, screening for certain diseases and surgery to replace hips and kness that no longer function adequately can prolong life in certain individuals.
So why not stack the deck on the side of healthy eating, screenings, exercise and regular physical check ups for bodily health. As for facial aging that can be erased by aesthetic procedures. Sorry, but a glass of orange juice wont get rid of the frown lines between the eyes.
E.. Cardiac problems are usually hereditary but can be controlled with medication, diet ,
exercise and weight loss as written about in the article.
F.. Most importantly, we should all have these screening tests to prevent or treat certain diseases that occur more frequently as we age and also due to genetic inheritance.
1. Mammograpyhy to detect Breast Cancer.
2. Colonoscopy to detect Colon Cancer.
3. Lipid profiles as well as Complete Blood Tests to detect possible problems and treat them.
4. After menapause in women Estrogen is lowered and its effects on the bones no longer help retard osteopenia( the stage before osteoporosis).
Being evaluated by a good endocrinologist is a smart idea. Once the Dexa Scan reveals the condition of the vertebral bones and hip bones the physician can treat the bone loss with a myriad of mediactions.Men also need to be evaluated for osteoporosis and frequently they are not until a hip or vertebral bone is fractures.
I think that all that was written i9n the article was good and that coupled with what i have written will TURN BACK THE CLOCK!
And YES! I am a living testament to what i have written because i have had some of the procedures that I have written about.
Elizabeth BSN.( Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
- 12/29/2012 10:28:06 AM