Ernestine Shepherd – Oldest Living Body Builder

Ernestine Shepherd – Oldest Living Body Builder

I’ve admired Ernestine Shepherd for years.  I knew she had been placed in the Guinness Book of World Records years ago. Suddenly she turned up on new summer TV program “Forever Young.” This program features seniors of all ages doing remarkable physical activities. Ernestine began body building when she was just 56. She is now […]

Have You Heard About Lynch Syndrome?

Have You Heard About Lynch Syndrome?

One of my many curiosities about health and aging well is genetics! We are so fortunate to have genetic testing available to us for many conditions. Many of us have family members who have died from cancers. Approximately five to ten percent of all colorectal cancers are caused by a heritable mutation. That is a […]

Exercise Aids in Reducing Total Fat In Postmenopausal Women

Exercise Aids in Reducing Total Fat In Postmenopausal Women

Exercising 300 minutes per week has been shown to be better at reducing total fat and other adiposity measures, especially for obese women, during a one-year clinical trial. This is an important finding because body fat has been associated with increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, (as well as other diseases) according to an article […]

TELOMERE UPDATE, HRT & MORE

TELOMERE UPDATE, HRT & MORE

 TELOMERE UPDATE Welcome to April. I hope the weather in your area is giving thoughts to Spring. I abandoned spring cleaning a long time ago. If you go through your whole home doing deep cleaning then Summer comes along and doors and windows are open and in comes the dirt and dust all over again. […]

105 YEAR OLD SETS A CYCLING RECORD

105 YEAR OLD SETS A CYCLING RECORD

I have written about several senior athletes in the past. Just recently Robert Marchand, from France, was on the news having set a world record in the 105-plus age category completing a 14.010 (22.247) mile biking event. He did this in one hour.   Nearly a century ago, Robert was told by a coach that […]

Are Telomeres the key to longevity?

Are Telomeres the key to longevity?

We all age at different rates. Telomeres may be an indication as to why this fact might be true. Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD., has done outstanding research in the area of telomeres. She and her UCSF colleagues are exploring a feature within cells that is a strong indicator as to why changes occur in telomeres . […]

How well are you aging?

How well are you aging?

Every July, we attend a fitness and health convention. It is sponsored by IDEAFIT. IDEAFIT is the leader in education in this field. There were 14,000 people from 54 countries attending this year. Every age, every level of fitness, beginners to the well advanced athlete. Many of the classes I took were on functional aging. […]

Beware! Are Your Medications Causing Sun Sensitivities?

Beware! Are Your Medications Causing Sun Sensitivities?

    Ultraviolet (UV) photons, generated through natural sunlight can mix with medications making most of us sun sensitive. The reaction can be similar to sunburn. Sometimes worse!   Photosensitivity (or sun sensitivity) is inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of sunlight and certain medications or substances. Both the photosensitizing medication or chemical […]

Sunscreen Ingredients May Contribute To Infertility

Sunscreen Ingredients May Contribute To Infertility

We all know how important it is to protect our skin in the sun.  Especially when we are exposed to the UV rays for long hours.  By protecting our skin we are also protecting our health. We should be applying sunscreen every day, all year around, when we are outside.  The UV rays come through […]