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Magnesium for the Aging Male

NCI Well Connect eNewsletter - Free Version December 3, 2018

DID YOU KNOW that among the different mechanisms by which nutrients may exert their beneficial aging effects is the modulation of the hormonal anabolic levels? Undernutrition and anabolic hormonal deficiency frequently coexist in older individuals determining an increased risk of mobility impairment and other adverse outcomes. Mineral assessment is an important determinant of physical performance. In particular, there is evidence that magnesium exerts a positive influence on anabolic hormonal status, including testosterone, in men. A study in International Journal of Endocrinology confirmed the role of magnesium in testosterone bioactivity in men. In addition to magnesium, zinc and selenium also showed higher importance than other nutrients. These three nutrients should be well represented dietarily and supplementally to prevent or delay aging and the onset of disability. Magnesium Research Update Bonnie & Steve: As if you needed more research as to why magnesium is widely beneficial to so many... Magnesium deficiency in type 2 diabetes patients is directly associated with poor metabolic control. Therefore, focusing on augmentation of magnesium status and adequate magnesium intake in patients with type 2 diabetes is imperative, according to authors publishing in the August issue of Journal of the American College of Nutrition. According to a study in the August issue of British Journal of Nutrition, lower blood magnesium levels were associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in the peritoneal dialysis population, especially among female patients.  Authors in a recent study in Neurology found that subjects presenting with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) had considerably lower magnesium levels. The data support the hypothesis that magnesium exerts a clinically meaningful influence on hemostasis in patients with ICH. Remember, to take advantage of magnesium's myriad benefits, you must supplement with the right source. Magnesium oxide will not exert a therapeutic effect because it is absorbed poorly. Oxide is great to use if you have constipation, however. Using an amino acid chelate, such as glycinate, is optimal to absorb and deliver to cells. Chiropractic Case Studies Chiropractic for anti-aging! Subluxation Research published a case study in June of 2018, where a patient's telomere length was measured before and after chiropractic care. After 36 visits the blood was retested and showed lengthening of the telomeres. This is exciting as according to an article in Pubmed anything that reduces the rate of telomere shortening helps to delay age-associated diseases and increase lifespan.  Did you know that normally telomere length shortens with age? This shortening increases the incidence of coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, increased cancer risk and osteoporosis. Pubmed looked at the effects of smoking, diet and exercise to see what helps or hinders telomere length. Perhaps with the results of this case study you'll want to add consistent Chiropractic Care to the list of what helps lengthen your telomeres for a healthier and longer life.  Here is a synopsis of the Chiropractic case. The patient was a 35-year-old elementary school teacher who suffered for 5 years with neck and mid back pain as well as urinating at night. All of her symptoms started after being involved in a car accident. She had X-rays, which showed a loss of the normal curve of her neck as well as forward head posture, blood tests to determine her telomere length and her heart rate variability measurements indicated health risks. The patient received CBP® spinal care including Mirror Image® corrective spinal exercises, adjustments, and traction. After 36 visits she reported improvement in her urinating at night, neck and mid-back pain, and quality of life. The x-rays showed correction of her neck curve and forward head posture. The blood test showed significant improvement in her telomere length and the heart rate variability improved from a health risk to within normal limit.


Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie