Issue 139 | The real anti-aging.

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Thursday. As far as I can tell, we haven’t yet figured out how to stop orreverse aging. Sure, there are plenty of anti-aging creams, moisturizers, andserums, but how much those are actually doing in terms of aging isehhh–questionable. But that isn’t the topic for today. As we age, there issomething we should be far more concerned about avoiding than just a few morewrinkles here and there. That something is cognitive decline. Let’s dive in.

Science Says That This Matters

Cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, dementia–these are all very serious conditionswith incredibly serious impacts on quality of life. If there were researchshowing that you could do something to significantly decrease your risk ofever having to deal with these conditions, you’d want to know, right? Well,this may or may not come as much of a surprise, but it turns out that there isplenty of new research coming out that links metabolic health with cognitivedecline. Ok, quick backtrack. What the heck is metabolic health?! This is oneof those terms that gets thrown around all willy nilly in many health circles,oftentimes without actually explaining what it means. Metabolic health isdefined as having ideal levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, high-densitylipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, blood pressure, and waistcircumference and according to thisstudy only12% of Americans would be considered metabolically healthy by that definition.Yikes. Moving on to what any of this has to do with cognitive decline. This500,000 participant study showed that there is indeed a strong link between averageglucose levels in the blood and the incidence of vascular dementia (VD),Alzheimer’s dementia (AD), and cognitive decline. The association betweenparticipants that were prediabetic and their risk for dementia was high evenafter the study corrected for several confounding factors such as BMI,smoking, and medications. The other interesting piece of this study was thatparticipants were relatively young in terms of dementia, ranging in age from40 to 69. Why does that matter? It would seem that regulating blood sugarearly in life can have a huge impact on better brain health as weage. Thisother 80,000 participant study supports the same association. The researchers in thisstudy found that people with metabolic syndrome were 11 times more likely todevelop Alzheimer’s. They defined metabolic syndrome here as having irregularlevels for three or more of these five components: blood glucose, bloodpressure, triglycerides, LDL, and bodyweight. The solution? We have to takeblood sugar seriously to keep our brains in tip top shape as we age. The foodswe eat, how we manage stress, what kind of sleep we get, and whether weexercise regularly or not, all have an impact on our blood sugar. The habitswe develop now can have a huge impact on our quality of life down the line. Itis never too early and never too late to start making significant changes thatwill positively impact our health down the road.

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Isn’t CrossFit Anti-Soda?

Maybe you’ve tried a CrossFit class in the past? Maybe you’re a member of aCrossFit gym right now? Maybe you love it? Maybe you think CrossFit is a cultof crazy, exercise junkies that can’t stop talking about CrossFit? Regardlessof how much you know about CrossFit or what you think of it, the brand hassupposedly always been about promoting health not just through its highintensity workouts, but also through its strong messaging behind avoidingrefined carbs and fighting misinformation put out by big soda-funded badscience. All good things, right? With that in mind, it came as a big surpriseto many in the CrossFit community this past weekend to see Monster Energy as atitle sponsor of the CrossFitGames. Yousee, Monster Energy is partially owned by Coca-Cola, the same big sodabehemoth CrossFit claims is responsible for the health crisis they are sopassionately fighting to solve. Hmm. So you’re telling me CrossFit hates bigsoda and blames them for a lot of the chronic disease we see today, but at thesame time, they are happy to sign a deal with them and plaster a brand theyown all over their flagship championship event? Call me crazy but that makesno sense. It’s also worth mentioning–sugary, caffeine-loaded Monster energydrinks are not healthy for you, so you’ll probably want to avoid those.

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