Walking Speed a Predictor of Life Expectancy in Older Adults: A recent article in Scientific American reports that walking speed provides an accurate measure to predict life expectancy in adults 65 and older. According to Stephanie Studenski, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and coauthor of the study, gait, or walking speed, is a powerful indicator of an individual’s overall vitality.
Resveratrol Fosters Longevity, Health and Fitness: Resveratrol, a phytochemical substance found in grapes, has been shown to promote health and increase longevity due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Resveratrol also helps prevent insulin resistance and helps protect against conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. In addition, French scientists investigating resveratrol’s properties have reported that the compound improves weight-loss efforts by speeding up metabolism.
Coconut Oil Provides Health Benefits: A 50-year study conducted by B. M. Hegde, a cardiologist and medical scientist, has shown that coconut oil protects the heart, prevents cancer, prevents early memory loss and cuts down on bad fats. In releasing this study, Dr. Hegde hopes to debunk the myth that coconut oil increases cholesterol in the body.
High Intake of Dietary Fiber Linked to Longevity: A study published February 14, 2011, in the Archives of Internal Medicine correlated high fiber intake with a lowered risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory diseasesby 24 percent to 56 percent in men and by 34 percent to 59 percent in women. Over 388,000 adults, ages 50 to 71, participated in the National Institutes of HealthAARP Diet and Health Study.