Juvenon Health Journal
etting older does have some advantages. Like becoming wiser, with more knowledge not only about our surroundings, but also about human behavior and motivations, including our own. Among the not-so-good senior experiences, there’s one that’s common, although less conspicuous than slowing down physically and mentally. That’s a decline in the quality of sleep.
Depending on who you talk to, you may hear different opinions on taking vitamins. However, recent research indicates at least some of us, especially as we get older, may need more nutrition than our diet is providing. Certain vitamins may also help protect us from health concerns associated with aging. Take vitamin D3, for example, and its potential benefits related to type 2 diabetes.
Where did I put the car keys? Why did I come into the kitchen? Memory impairment is something we all encounter, to various degrees, as we age. So, what’s happening to us? Let’s take a closer look at some of the scientific knowledge about the aging brain and memory, including encouraging information from recent research.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Life is short; eat dessert first.” For some, it’s more of a mantra than a joke. In fact, sugary foods can literally become addictive. The reasons are complex and the subject of ongoing neurobiological research. But the results of consuming too much sugar…
Life is a balancing act. How often have you heard that from friends, family, teachers, the media? According to many studies, people who can find the happy medium between work and play, time for friends/family and for themselves, are often the most successful and well-adjusted.
The good news about aging: we gain knowledge that can improve our lives and help our younger, more naïve friends avoid the pitfalls we’ve encountered. The bad news: the various organs of our body don’t function as well as they once did.
Whether it’s abstract concepts or planning our day, why do we seem to think more slowly as we age? To date, there is no definitive answer, but an understanding of the aging brain and its energy requirements offers some clues.
Remember the stamina and physical strength of our youth? Nothing, it seemed, could slow us down. What’s happened to our bodies, over time, to produce, comparatively, much less strength and endurance? (Not to mention a significant amount of fat instead of muscle?) More importantly, is there anything we can do to slow the rate at which this occurs and, perhaps, even reverse some of the decline?
The goal, for most of us, is a long, healthy life. Genetics clearly play a significant role, but environmental factors are, perhaps, equally important in determining longevity and health. Although, for the moment, our genetic make-up is beyond our control, we can influence our lifespan with our diet and daily routine.