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 …

Type 2 Diabetes: A Preventable Epidemic

The incidence of type 2 diabetes throughout the world is estimated to grow to 250 million people within twenty years. In the United States, 30% of newborns are expected to develop the disease during their lifetimes. These statistics are alarming, but they don’t have to be anywhere near that bad.