A study conducted at the University of Southern California showed that when rats consumed large amounts of liquid solutions with concentrations of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) comparable to popular sugar-sweetened beverages, they experienced memory problems, brain inflammation and became pre-diabetic. A series of tests were performed on 76 rats whose daily calorie intake consisted of 35-40% sugar or HFCS, resulting in impaired learning and memory. Experts say that the brain is especially influenced during periods of development and that consuming high amounts of sugar not only can lead to weight gain and metabolic disturbances, but can also negatively affect brain function and cognitive ability.
Researchers say that it’s important to promote healthy living, especially during times of stress. Practicing healthy lifestyles can help combat the negative impact of stress on telomeres, a part of chromosomes whose rate of shortening is considered a sign of aging. Studies uncovered a significant decline in white blood cell telomere length related to major life stressors that occurred for postmenopausal women, which can accelerate immune cell aging in adults. However, participants of the study who regularly exercised, rested and maintained a healthy diet experienced less telomere shortening, even with similar stress levels. This study is the first to support the observation that stress can accelerate cell aging in adults and that positive lifestyles can help offset this aging. Make an appointment with Dr. Farnesi to learn how you can help slow the aging process by calling (619) 795-6700 or visiting www.manageyourage.com.
Most people worry about what goes into their body, but have you ever thought about what goes onto your skin? Our skin is very absorbent, which is why doctors often prescribe topical medicines. However, many conventional products we apply to our skin are filled with chemicals that can cause health issues by altering the body’s natural cycles and processes. The most threatening of these substances are hormone disruptors, which are surprisingly common in beauty and personal care products. These chemicals affect the body’s endocrine system by interfering with hormone production or competing with essential nutrients. The most common hormone disruptors in beauty and personal care products are phthalates, which are often found in perfumes, lotions and detergents, and triclosan that can be found in household products like deodorant, soap and toothpaste.