How Long Will It Be Until You Can Get an Anti-Aging Pill?

Last month a team of doctors and scientists made the case to regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider approving anti-aging drugs as a new pharmaceutical class. Such a designation would treat aging as disease rather than a natural process, potentially opening the door to government funding for anti-aging drug trials.

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Aging is very expensive for post-industrial society. The reason why pensions, retirement plans and government stipends like social security exist is because many old people are not physically able to work anymore and have a huge range of medical conditions, all stemming from the frailty of aging, that need to be treated or, more likely, merely stanched and bailed out like a sinking ship.

A cure for aging would minimize these expenses, but now you have more people in the workforce who aren’t leaving any time soon.  The age of retirement gets pushed back, and the retirement planning changes.  There’s also the sociological impact of older people who continue living – lots these days have grandparents who are incredibly racist/bigoted.  I don’t advocate the death of simply because, but there is something to be said for a generation passing the torch so we can evolve.  Which also plays into health aspects, as an older generation is likely to be susceptible to something future generations might not.

There are some very serious implications to keeping people alive longer.

Exactly Why Red Wine Helps Prevent Cancer …in Mice

How many times has your grandmother said the secret to her ripe old age was never missing happy hour? While the key factors to longevity have been debated fiercely, grandma might be on to something.

New research is emerging proving red wine can in fact help to prevent cancer.

The advantages are purely from the consumption of red wine. Scotch, vodka and even white wine do not have these positive effects as they do not contain resveratrol.  And while you may think taking a massive daily supplement of resveratrol would do the trick in preventing you from getting cancer, Robert says there’s been no proof that it helps.

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The article barely mentions that this was only demonstrated in mice, and they were hoping to see if other lab animals showed similar results.  Meanwhile, red wine sales soar…

Reminder: Alcohol is addictive, laden with empty calories, and socially complex. Be careful™.

Do You Have the Genotype That Makes Moderate Alcohol Consumption Heart Healthy?

So much for resveratrol?

Moderate alcohol consumption has widely been heralded as beneficial at reducing the risks of coronary heart disease. A new study from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg suggests that this benefit only exists in a small portion of the population. The research was published in the journal Alcohol. Moderate alcohol intake has been defined in the study as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.

Source: Only A Fraction Of The Population Has The Genotype That Makes Moderate Alcohol Consumption Heart Healthy

This is not a great article and its conclusions have been over-generalized to the point where they no longer resemble the original findings. It is safe to ignore this paper and to continue to trust the many previous studies that actually demonstrate the correlation between moderate alcohol consumption and reduced mortality.

Reminder: Alcohol is addictive, laden with empty calories, and socially complex. Be careful™.

Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate

…resveratrol might not be the health booster it’s been cracked up to be – at least if we’re getting it from food alone. In a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team of scientists report that dietary resveratrol had no apparent association with longevity or inflammation, or rates of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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