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September 18, 2018
1 monthago

Is Your Aspirin Regimen Doing More Harm Than Good?

How often have you heard that an aspirin a day is an excellent way to help prevent heart attack and stroke? Maybe you have been instructed to take a daily dose of aspirin. As it turns out, not everyone is suited to an aspirin a day, especially older adults. In fact, popping this pill regularly could cause serious harm.

The Risks of Daily Aspirin for Older Adults

Aspirin Regimen Doing More Harm Than GoodIn a new trio of studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, there is no significant benefit for healthy older adults to take a daily low dose of aspirin, but it could cause other serious health problems, including:

  • More bleeding: Participants in the first study had an average age of 74 and were considered healthy at the time of enrollment. Half the participants received 100 milligrams of aspirin every day (a low-dose has 81 milligrams) and the other half a placebo. After five years, there was a higher rate of bleeding in the group that took aspirin, compared to the placebo group.
  • Likelihood of hemorrhaging: The second study found that there was a significantly higher risk of “major hemorrhage” with aspirin than the placebo, particularly involving upper gastrointestinal and intracranial bleeding.
  • Higher cancer-related mortality rate: The third study found a “higher all-cause mortality” among healthy older adults who took a daily aspirin, most of which were attributed to cancer-related death. This was an unexpected result when compared with previous studies.

These studies support a 2015 Dutch study in which 28,000 women with an average age of 55 were followed over 15 years. Those on a low-dose aspirin regimen were three times more likely to make a visit to the emergency room with serious bleeding than to go there with a heart attack or stroke. Aspirin-takers were also six times more likely to suffer bleeding than prevent colon cancer.  Read Dr. Lewerenz’s newsletter from 2015.

In short, millions of people on a daily low-dose aspirin regimen are being told it’s preventing heart attack and stroke. However, aspirin use in millions of Americans may be doing more harm than good. A more natural approach to heart disease and colon cancer may be safer and more effective.

The Personalized Approach to Warding Off Heart Disease and Cancer

Patients with a history of cardiovascular disease or colorectal cancer who take a daily aspirin can reap benefits that outweigh the risks of taking aspirin. However, healthy older adults may be told that medication is the best and only preventive measure against health problems. Just because you’ve reached senior or elderly status, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to change your lifestyle to make you healthier and live longer.

Maybe low-dose aspirin is right for you? Perhaps there is a better way to take it, whether on an empty stomach, with a warm glass of water, or relying on the coated version. What’s important is to follow the medical route that is most beneficial for you.

Dr. James Lewerenz is a board-certified general physician in family medicine who is focused on each individual patient. Personalized attention, customized care – this is what good healthcare is all about. At the Longevity Health Institute, you are an individual, and your overall health history, cardiovascular risks, cancer risks, and bleeding history are all evaluated to determine the methods of preventive health care that are best for you. Watch Dr. Lewerenz speak more about the risks and benefits of a daily low-dose aspirin regimen. Then, make an appointment to discuss your unique health needs and concerns. Get cutting-edge, evidence-based healthcare care that is prescribed for you alone.

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July 18, 2018
3 monthsago

20180718-03Vegan diets are growing in popularity in young individuals, especially females. This new trend is a purposeful approach for better nutrition, ethical issues, using the earths resources and avoidance of antibiotics and growth stimulants in animals themselves. What is real health and nutritional status of a vegan diet?

To summarize a multitude of research*, vegans are thinner, have lower cholesterol and blood pressure, lower cardiovascular disease risk and lowered cancer of both colorectal and prostate.

Studies also have concluded that vegan diets could negatively affect bone health, BMD, poor supplementation and poor Vitamin D levels. You also need to watch Iron, Protein and B12 levels. More studies are needed and will follow but with adequate insight and supplementation a vegan diet looks at least as good as vegetarian and lactovegetarian diets.

“My only concern is more studies to address any association with diabetes and vegan carbohydrates and long-term potential protein depletion on muscle mass”- Dr. James Lewerenz. (*Presented at the “Fifth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition. 2018. CA.)

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July 18, 2018
3 monthsago

20180718-02You want to live longer, healthier and reduce cardiovascular risk? Then let’s get FAT! New studies published in The Lancet showed that a high carbohydrate intake is associated with an increase of mortality. Even more interesting is that total fat and types of fats were associated with lower mortality.

Fats help to make up the structure of cell membranes. Think of all your cells; eyes, skin brain, heart… Good fats: Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats help all organs. “What I experience with many of my patients is if they do not consume good fats, they will reach for more carbohydrates for energy. Good fats will keep your energy supply high as well as metabolic and health needs met”

-Dr. James Lewerenz.

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July 18, 2018
3 monthsago

20180718-01A new published study in Movement Disorders and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has found a connection between B12, Homocysteine levels and Parkinson’s Disease. The study looked at over 680 patients, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, over a 2-year period. Elevated homocysteine levels were associated with worse mental status and cognitive decline. The patients with lowest B12 status developed greater morbidity (illness) and worsening ambulatory capacity. Brain atrophy rates have also been linked to omega 3 levels and homocysteine levels.

“The one size fits all approach for neuro-degenerative diseases is not adequate. Each individual’s biochemistry are major influencers on his or her health. Check and optimize B12 and homocysteine for prevention to avoid future memory decline and movement disorders”

-Dr. James Lewerenz

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July 5, 2018
3 monthsago

20180718-04The InBody Scale (Bio Impedance weight scale) used here at Longevity Health Institute and Lewerenz Medical Center, has MANY benefits for understanding your overall health. An interesting reading to analyze at your next InBody review is the Phase Angle. The Phase Angle is like a GPA of your CELL membrane and body water. It also can be a useful prognostic tool for nutritional status.

Simply stop in, step on the InBody and learn more than 10 features about your health, weight and set personal composition goals.

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July 4, 2018
4 monthsago

20180718-05Sam-E (S-adenosylmethionine) is substrate involved in methyl group transfers and more. Typically, we see great results with anxiety, depression (especially adrenal and stress related), fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis pain, PMS as well as aiding in liver detoxifying. In the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2009), multiple researchers found SAM-e was excellent in reducing pain and improving osteoarthritis function.

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July 3, 2018
4 monthsago

20180718-06Sexual dysfunction is more common in men as they age, period! The key is to understand the possible link between chronic disease and E.D. Luckily there are great treatment options and success.

The most correlated condition is diabetes. Poor sugar control can ruin your erections. Cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and any inflammatory condition can damage blood flow and nerve impulses causing E.D. Psychological factors also play a role in 20% of men with E.D.

The shocking data reported in Massachusetts Male Aging Study is approximately 40% of men experience some degree of E.D at age 40 and by age 70, 70% of men experiences E.D at least once. E.D can be a warning sign of serious disease, especially heart disease and possibly a warning of heart attack.

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December 21, 2017
10 monthsago

Understanding-COQ10-and-its-best-form.-Anti-aging-magicYou could say COQ10, an essential, fat soluble benzoquinone made in the mitochondria of every cell in your body is much like magic! Because of its role in cellular health and energy it is one of the most popular supplements or non-vitamin ingredients taken by millions for many years. COQ10 has helped reduce cardiovascular risk, increase overall energy, combat fatigue and mitigate statininduced myopathy (muscle pain). COQ10 levels in the body drop by age 40. Statin, cholesterol meds can lower COQ10 by up to 40%.

Start supplementing with the best form of CoQ10 as Ubquinone in a fat (oil) capsule and begin antiaging!

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November 30, 2017
11 monthsago

Women-in-perimenopause-sleep-the-worstContrary to popular belief, women’s sleep patterns are worse in perimenopause (age 40-59 years) than for women post-menopause, this is according to the National Center for Health Statistics form 2015. Greater than 35% of perimenopausal women slept less than 7 hours consistent on average.

There is help for those lacking sleep during premenopause, perimenopause and post menopause! Progesterone and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help sleep patterns and consistency. Progesterone is a sex hormone that is calming and balancing for a woman. Actually, progesterone activates the GABA receptor of the brain leading to a more restful sleep. Progesterone can actually start to decline in a woman as early as her 30’s.

“I feel very strongly and empathetically for women of this age with poor sleep. Thankfully we have a very effective natural tool to help women with these symptoms”
-Dr. Lewerenz.

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November 20, 2017
11 monthsago

The-skyrocketing-rates-of-infertilityA very scary recent analysis confirms what I have been suspicious of for years, infertility may be “threatening mankind” states Dr. Lewerenz.

A large meta-analysis confirmed in 2015, that sperm counts around the world decline more than 50% between 1973 and 2013. It was estimated that half the men in this metanalysis had sperm counts less than 40 million sperm per milliliter (The cutoff point at which men have trouble fertilizing an egg). Dr. Frederick Von Saal, professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Missouri states: “we are in a death spiral of infertility”.

It is believed that the root cause of this issue is the exposure and overexposure of endocrine disruptors, ie; toxins. Lead, mercury, arsenic, pesticides, BPA, dioxin, phalates, EMF’s and more are just some of the hormone wreckers. Add stress, obesity, nutritional deficiencies and food intolerance/allergies and one can easily see why the fertile population is dwindling.

Longevity Health Institute and Dr. Lewerenz, along with his health providers are excited to offer ways to rid yourself of toxins and help men and women with infertility.

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