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Did You Know That Sugar May Shorten Your Lifespan?

Previously, a number of studies suggested that the consumption of added sugar may correlate with a number of diseases. Wayne Potts, from the University of Utah, and colleagues fed laboratory mice a diet containing 25 percent added sugar, observing that the females died at twice the rate of animals fed a standard diet while the males were 25 percent less likely to maintain territory and reproduce. Noting that the added 25 percent was equivalent to humans drinking three cans of soda, the authors concluded,  “These findings represent the lowest level of sugar consumption shown to adversely affect mammalian health.”

Ruff, J.S., et al. (2013). Human-relevant levels of added sugar consumption increase female mortality and lower male fitness in mice. Nat Commun. 4:2245.


Yoga Can Help Sleep Problems

Often, cancer survivors experience poor sleep quality as a result of cancer therapy. Karen M. Mustian, from the University of Rochester Medical Center  in New York, and colleagues studied 410 cancer survivors, median age 54, who were suffering from moderate or greater sleep disruption between two and 24 months after surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The subjects were randomly assigned to standard care or standard care plus a four-week intervention of twice-weekly 75-minute, low-intensity yoga sessions. The researchers observed that those in the yoga program decreased their sleep medication use by 21 percent, as compared to the participants in standard care only. The yoga group also demonstrated significant improvements in sleep latency, sleep duration, sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, subjective sleep quality and daytime dysfunction during the intervention period. Said the authors, “Yoga…is a useful treatment for improving sleep quality and reducing sleep medication use among cancer survivors.”

Mustian, M., et al. (2013). Multicenter, randomized controlled trial of yoga for sleep quality among cancer survivors. J Clin Onc. Published online before print, August 12.

—Dr. Bob Goldman


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Dr. Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO, FAASP has spearheaded the development of numerous international medical organizations and corporations. Dr. Goldman has served as a Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Filene Center, Tufts University; as an Affiliate at the Philosophy of Education Research Center, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, He is Clinical Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea Medical University; and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Central America Health Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Goldman holds the positions of Visiting Professor, Udayana University School of Medicine, Indonesia; Visiting Professor, Huazhong University of Science & Technology Tong Ji Medical School, China; Visiting Professor, The Wuhan Institute of Science & Technology, China; Visiting Professor at Hainan Medical College, China; and Visiting Professor, School of Anti-Aging, Aesthetics and Regenerative Medicine, UCSI University, Malaysia. Dr. Goldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sports Physicians and a Board Diplomat in Sports Medicine and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Goldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sports Physicians and a Board Diplomat in Sports Medicine and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine. He has overseen cooperative research agreement development programs in conjunction with such prominent institutions as the American National Red Cross, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense, and the FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health.

Dr Goldman was awarded the 2012 LifeTime Achievement Award in Medicine &Science. Dr. Goldman is the recipient of the ‘Gold Medal for Science, the Grand Prize for Medicine, the Humanitarian Award, and the Business Development Award. He received honors from Minister of Sports and government Health officials of numerous nations. In 2001, Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch awarded Dr. Goldman the International Olympic Committee Tribute Diploma for contributions to the development of sport & Olympism.

In addition, Dr. Goldman is a black belt in karate, Chinese weapons expert, and world champion athlete with over 20 world strength records, he has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Some of his past performance records include 13,500 consecutive situps and 321 consecutive handstand pushups. Dr. Goldman was an All-College athlete in four sports, a three time winner of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Physical Fitness Award, was voted Athlete of the Year, was the recipient of the Champions Award, and was inducted into the World Hall of Fame of Physical Fitness. Dr. Goldman was awarded the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Goldman is Chairman of the International Medical Commission overseeing sports medicine committees in over 184 nations. He has served as a Special Advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. He is founder and international President Emeritis of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the cofounder and Chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. Goldman visits an average of 20 countries annually to promote brain research and sports medicine programs.


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