A new study published in Frontiers in Aging found that a combination of high-dose vitamin D, omega-3s, and a simple home strength exercise program (SHEP) showed a cumulative reduction by 61% in cancer risk in healthy adults aged 70 or older. It is the first study to test the combined benefit of three affordable public health interventions for the prevention of invasive cancers. …
- 2,000 IU per day of Vitamin D3 (equivalent to > 200% the amount of current recommendations for older adults, which is 800 IU per day)
- 1g per day of omega-3s.
- Simple home exercise three times per week.
Each of the treatments had a small individual benefit but when all three treatments were combined, the benefits became statistically significant, and the researchers saw an overall reduction in cancer risk by 61%.
Scientists have reported a possible link between brisk walking and biological age, as measured by leucocyte telomere length (LTL) — one of the biomarkers that scientists think we can use to assess the rate at which the human body gets older.
This ‘biological age’ essentially means how worn out the body’s cells are getting. A lifetime of walking at speeds above an amble could mean the equivalent of being 16 years younger — cellularly speaking — by middle age using the metric. …
“Whilst we have previously shown that walking pace is a very strong predictor of health status, we have not been able to confirm that adopting a brisk walking pace actually causes better health,” says Tom Yates, a kinesiologist at the University of Leicester in the UK.
“In this study, we used information contained in people’s genetic profile to show that a faster walking pace is indeed likely to lead to a younger biological age as measured by telomeres.” …
Movement intensity on walks was measured by self-reporting and also fitness tracking wearables worn by the people involved in the study. That intensity is important: A leisurely stroll doesn’t appear to have the same effect (although any kind of movement is good for you).
I took up walking two years ago. Brisk walk, 45 – 55 mins, six days a week, no exceptions. I’ve lost 8 kg so far, and feel stronger and more agile. I download an mp3 of Tucker Carlson, a science show, or similar from YouTube, and stride through the suburbs listening to these talk shows and then some music.
Have also been taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D, and fish oil, since the covid scare started. Turns out to be almost exactly the recipe above.