What does Harvard think you should worry about?

Anti-aging is first and foremost about stopping premature aging and illness. Our goal at Juvenon is to add 5 quality years of health to 1,000,000 people’s lives. So to reach our goal, we took a look at what makes people sick. A landmark study, led by researchers from Harvard, published a report called The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors and here’s what they found. First, don’t smoke, or if you do, quit smoking. But everyone knows that! But surprisingly, grouped together, the largest risk factors are called “metabolic syndrome.” These are highlighted in the table below, and make up 46% of the preventable deaths or 914,000 deaths per year. About twice the number deaths caused by smoking! Annual U.S. Preventable Deaths by Risk Factor Tobacco smoking 467,000 High blood pressure 395,000 Overweight–obesity (high BMI) 216,000 Physical inactivity 191,000 High blood glucose 190,000 High LDL cholesterol 113,000 High dietary salt (sodium) 102,000 Low dietary omega-3 fatty acids (seafood) 84,000 High dietary trans fatty acids 82,000 Alcohol use 64,000 Low intake of fruits and vegetables 58,000 Low dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) 15,000     Total 1,977,000 Total of …

Memory Loss and Exercise

Sweat Yourself Smart New evidence says exercise can reduce dementia risk Here at Juvenon, we are fascinated by scientific research that delves into mitochondrial function (AKA your energy metabolism). To that end, we revisit and update our content as we discover exciting new evidence that links exercise with improved mitochondrial function. The proven benefits are many, from better energy and longevity to reduction of dementia risk. The Mighty Mitochondria Essentially metabolism is a collection of mitochondria. These are the spark plugs of the cells that are responsible for metabolism. The greater the activity of the cell, the more mitochondria it has. Regardless of their location, when these little dynamos aren’t operating cleanly and efficiently, it impedes your metabolism, resulting in energy slow down throughout your body. This in turn, puts you at risk for a host of illnesses and diseases of aging. How Exercise Can Repair an Inefficient Metabolism It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that exercise helps your metabolism, but you may be interested to know why. Aside from burning calories from the food we eat on a daily basis, exercise normalizes our metabolism by establishing balance. Our bodies seek an economy of scale in which certain aspects of physiological strength, capacity, endurance and speed are forfeited when they aren’t regularly …

Give Your Brain a Lift with Strength Training

It’s no secret that exercise is beneficial for the brain and the Juvenon Health Journal has explored the topic from many angles in the past. However, most studies that link exercise and brain health have concentrated on the effects of walking, running or other aerobic activities. But now exciting new research indicates that light strength training may stem the tide of age-related shrinking of the brain.