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I just turned 55 years old,
and I have a family history
of Is there anything
I can do to help prevent or postpone the disease?
People who live exceptionally long lives
have higher-than-average levels of vitamin
D, according to a government nutrition
survey of 253 Ashkenazi Jewish Americans.
People in this group were ages 70 or older,
and the average age was 97. In the study,
published in the Journal of the American
Geriatrics Society, those with the highest
vitamin levels had the best mental
function. The US government recommends
that adults get 600 IU of vitamin daily,
and bump up to 800 IU after age 70.
Still, many nutritionally oriented
health professionals recommend
taking up to IU daily for
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About Dr. Costa Frank J. Costa, MD, a member of the GNC Medical Advisory
Board, is board-certified in both urology and anti-aging medicine, and is a
clinical associate professor and attending physician at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Urology.
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very long life
While there currently is no cure for
disease, several studies suggest there are steps we can take
to help ward off or slow its progression:
Stay active. Finding time for exercise,
especially as we age, may help prevent
the onset of the disease, particularly in
Use your brain. Mental stimulation and
community engagement are essential to
strong brain health.
Eat healthy foods. Eating plenty of
green veggies as well as a high dietary
intake of unsaturated fats from things
like nuts, seeds, olive oil and fatty fish
fats may increase
your risk. The exception here would
be coconut oil. This primarily saturated fat
contains medium-chain triglycerides,
which have been shown to have a protective effect against
Take your vitamins. In particular, vitamins C, and may help decrease the
risk of developing If food
sources are inadequate, as is quite
common, consider taking a supplement.
Imbibe responsibly. One glass of wine
or beer per day may have a protective
effect. Coffee has also been linked to