Life Extension Magazine

April 2006

On The Cover

Natural Approaches to Menopause

While the dangers of estrogen drugs are well known, emerging evidence suggests that inexpensive, readily available botanical extracts may offer menopausal women symptomatic relief while providing a broad range of long-term health benefits.

Reports

What's Missing in Vitamin E Supplements?

Despite findings showing gamma tocopherol's superior effects in protecting against age-related diseases, most people are still not supplementing with this form of vitamin E. New studies validate its remarkable effects in reducing risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia.

Progesterone Misconceptions

Ensuring a proper balance of estrogen and progesterone is essential to optimal health. While synthetic progestins in hormone replacement therapy increase breast cancer risk, recent studies show that restoring natural progesterone confers multiple health benefits — without side effects.

Vitamin K's Delicate Balancing Act

Vitamin K plays a vital role in regulating blood coagulation, bone mineralization, and vascular health. Through its diverse actions, vitamin K holds promise in preventing and managing osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, and other crippling diseases of aging.

Optimal Oral Health Prevents Disease

Ensuring optimal oral health has benefits that go far beyond having a nice smile. Research into gum diseases such as periodontitis has uncovered startling links between poor oral health and systemic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

Departments

As We See It

Numerous studies link estrogen drugs to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer. Plant-based phytoestrogens and lignans may provide menopausal relief while protecting against osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.

In The News

Increasing vitamin D intake cuts cancer risk; testosterone benefits male Alzheimer's patients; warfarin increases fracture risk in men; DHEA promotes better wound healing; stem cells may help heal heart disease; and more.

Ask the Doctor

William Davis, MD, FACC, discusses three effective ways to detect silent heart disease.

Wellness Profile

South Florida firefighter Jerry Buechler is also an outspoken activist for health freedom.

Journal Abstracts