Life Extension Magazine

May 2006

On The Cover

Strategies to Maintain Youthful Cognition

Small memory lapses experienced by many aging adults may signal the onset of more serious problems in memory and cognition. If uncorrected, these conditions may lead to dementia and Alzheimer's. Fortunately, scientists have discovered plant-based therapeutics that work to counter the physical and biochemical changes seen in the aging brain, thus enabling older adults to preserve youthful levels of cognition and memory.

Reports

Butterbur: Drug-free Allergy Relief

Scientific studies demonstrate that two natural, plant-derived remedies—butterbur and rosmarinic acid—effectively relieve nasal congestion and other symptoms brought on by seasonal and year-round allergies, without the side effects associated with allergy drugs.

Ten Blood Tests for Disease Prevention

Yearly blood screening is an essential part of any strategy to maintain optimal health and prevent disease. Here we present the "top 10" blood tests that all health-conscious adults should undergo to avert common, life-threatening health problems before they occur.

New Test Predicts Heart Attack Risk

Most heart disease is hidden and unsuspected. If you rely on standard cholesterol tests to predict your risk of heart attack, you are gambling with your life. Learn how blood tests for various lipoproteins can help pinpoint your cardiac risk—and perhaps save your life.

Preventing Age-related Vision Loss

By the age of 65, one third of Americans suffer from cataracts, macular degeneration, and other preventable vision problems. Find out how managing key risk factors and utilizing nutrients that support eye health can help you preserve healthy vision for a lifetime.

Departments

As We See It

Conventional medicine continues to ignore critical cardiac risk factors, thus fueling America's epidemic of deadly vascular diseases. For example, elevated fibrinogen, a protein produced by the liver, is directly linked to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and even cancer. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association validates the warning Life Extension issued 10 years ago about the lethal dangers of excess fibrinogen.

In The News

Resveratrol extends life span in vertebrate; garlic improves impaired endothelial function; CoQ10 protects against amyloid beta peptides; green tea may prevent skin cancer; weight, inactivity tied to women's cardiovascular risk; C-reactive protein may predict lung cancer risk; omega-3 fatty acids boost bone health.

Wellness Profile

Mark Hyman, MD, on how nutrigenomics can help people lose weight automatically.

Journal Abstracts