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Healthy Aging and Longevity

NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys

In recognition of World Kidney Day 2014 on March 13, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health remind older Americans about the importance of protecting their kidneys and urge them to better understand the decline of kidney function as people age.

Request for Information: Mechanisms of Physical Activity-Induced Health Benefits

Increased physical activity has been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, insulin sensitivity, bone and muscle strength, and cognitive function. In addition, physical activity is associated with reductions in coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and depression. For most health outcomes, benefits increase as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency or longer duration, although the magnitude of these benefits diminishes with advancing age.

NIH researchers find vitamin D binding protein may help to assess vitamin D deficiency in African and white Americans

Measuring vitamin D binding protein (VDBP) may be important for accurately determining vitamin D deficiency, especially among African Americans, reports a team of researchers led by the National Institute on Aging, NIH, in the November 21, 2013 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Aging with HIV: Responding to an emerging challenge

AIDS red ribbonThe development of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV infection in the 1990s is one of modern medicine’s most dramatic success stories. Once effectively a death sentence, HIV infection can now be considered a serious, but largely manageable, chronic condition. Today, a person who begins HAART can reasonably expect to live another 30 to 50 years, and often well into older age.

NIH researchers find resveratrol helps protect against diabetes in animal study

Resveratrol, a compound in nuts, grapes, and wine, has been previously found to slow age-related health decline in mice on a standard diet and improve health and longevity of overweight, aged mice on a high fat diet. In a new study of non-human primates, researchers have found that resveratrol counters some of the negative effects of a high fat/high sugar diet on the pancreas, protecting these primates from developing diabetes.

Healthy eyes topic now available on NIHSeniorHealth - Built with you in mindMaintaining your vision as you get older is vital to health and wellbeing. Even if you enjoy good vision now, it’s important to practice good eye healthcare to make sure your vision is as good as it can be as you age.

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NIH researchers find diabetes drug extends health and lifespan in mice

Long-term treatment with the type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves health and longevity of male mice when started at middle age, reports an international team of scientists led by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes Health. The study, which tested two doses of the drug in the male mice, found the higher dose to be toxic in the animals. Scientists emphasized that considerably more research is needed before the implications of metformin for healthy aging are known for humans.

Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather

Summer often brings excessive heat, which can lead to heat-related problems caused by hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and are at high risk for heat-related death. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some tips to help older people avoid the hazards of hot weather.

What's Your Aging IQ?


This 24-page booklet invites readers to check out how much they know about aging. A series of engaging mini-stories is accompanied by test questions. Fill in the answer sheet or take the quiz online. What you discover may surprise you!

Suplementos dietéticos


Guillermo está jubilado y vive solo. A menudo simplemente no tiene hambre o está demasiado cansado para preparar una comida completa. ¿Necesita una multivitamina o debería tomar uno de los suplementos dietéticos que se ven en los anuncios por todas partes? Guillermo se pregunta si funcionan – ¿será que uno le ayudará a mantener las articulaciones saludables u otro le dé más energía? y ¿serán seguros?

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