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Love Who You Are Today!

Posted November 30, 2014 By admin

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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Posted November 30, 2014 By admin

12-1Healthy Tips for  Holiday EATing!

The holidays are upon us! That means lots of chocolates, cookies and pastries to name a few at those wonderful office parties, family get-togethers. Here are a few tips to help us all stay healthy during the holidays!

  1.  Bring Your Own Food
  2. Fill up on the healthiest foods first
  3. Stand more than an arm’s length away from munchies
  4. Concentrate on your meal while you’re eating it
  5. Don’t go to the mall hungry
  6. Choose a proper restaurant over the brad-and-go food court
  7. Avoid fast-food places that put emphasize on the red as a color theme
  8. Weigh yourself daily
  9. Zip yourself into your favorite pair of slim-fitting pants once a week

Stay healthy my friends and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD

Every Effort You Make Towards Your Health Counts!

Posted November 24, 2014 By admin

11-28The Day After…

Today is Black Friday… many people are out shopping with the masses! I want to encourage you to make wise choices regarding your health. Take a walk today or make a food choice that is better for you.

The little changes can make a big difference in the end. Every effort you make towards your health count.

I love this quote because many times people ask us why we do something… but when the results show up, they ask us how we did it!

Stay healthy my friends and be good to yourself!

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 24, 2014 By admin

11-27I Am Grateful For YOU!

I feel so very grateful for all people that I work with. I am grateful for my family, my children, my friends, patients, my mentors, my co-workers, my employees. I am grateful for good health and good state of mind.

I hope you have a lot to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day!

Stay healthy my friends and know that I am grateful for you!

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD

Be Thankful Because You Always Have An Opportunity!

Posted November 24, 2014 By admin

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What Are You Thankful for?

We have so many opportunities on a daily basis to be thankful! Sometimes it’s the very thing that can cause us to challenge ourselves to the next level or the setbacks that cause us to take a different road… somethings the it was meant to be all along.  We might not see the big picture immediately, but in the long run things become clear and we can understand and be thankful!

Don’t look at your setbacks as failures… maybe it’s suppose to be that way for a reason…that you will only understand in the future!

Stay healthy my friends!

Dr. Torres, MD
CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD

11-25Let’s Focus On The Good We Have!

This week is Thanksgiving and all around us, we see posts of people being thankful.  It’s so easy to focus on a want rather than on the good that we do have.

I challenge you this week focus on all the good things you have and be thankful!  A thankful heart leads to a happy heart!

Stay healthy my friends!

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO & Founder of Forever Young MD

Can A Grateful Heart Boost Your Health?

Posted November 23, 2014 By admin

11-24Benefits of Gratitude

People who are grateful have an edge on the not so grateful with their health.  According to Emmon’s research on gratitude “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examination,” Emmons mentioned to WebMD.

 

Stress Buster

We all know that stress can make people sick. Gratitude can help us manage stress much better. “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress,” Emmons says.

So have a grateful heart my friends and celebrate life!

Source: http://www.webmd.com/women/features/gratitute-health-boost

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD

How big is the role of telomeres in aging?

Posted November 17, 2014 By admin

11-21Some long-lived species like humans have telomeres that are much shorter than species like mice, which live only a few years. Nobody knows why. But it’s evidence that telomeres alone do not dictate lifespan.

Cawthon’s study found that when people are divided into two groups based on telomere length, the half with longer telomeres lives an average of five years longer than those with shorter telomeres. This study suggests that lifespan could be increased five years by increasing the length of telomeres in people with shorter ones.

People with longer telomeres still experience telomere shortening as they age. How many years might be added to our lifespan by completely stopping telomere shortening? Cawthon believes 10 years and perhaps 30 years.

After age 60, the risk of death doubles every 8 years. So a 68-year-old has twice the chance of dying within a year compared with a 60-year-old. Cawthon’s study found that differences in telomere length accounted for only 4% of that difference. And while intuition tells us older people have a higher risk of death, only 6% is due purely to chronological age. When telomere length, chronological age, and gender are combined (women live longer than men), those factors account for 37% of the variation in the risk of dying over age 60. So what causes the other 63%?

A major cause of aging is “oxidative stress.” It is the damage to DNA, proteins, and lipids (fats) caused by oxidants, which are highly reactive substances containing oxygen. These oxidants are produced normally when we breathe, and also result from inflammation, infection, and consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. In one study, scientists exposed worms to two substances that neutralize oxidants, and the worms’ lifespan increased an average 44%.

Another factor in aging is “glycation.” It happens when glucose, the main sugar we use as energy, binds to some of our DNA, proteins, and lipids, leaving them unable to do their jobs. The problem becomes worse as we get older, causing body tissues to malfunction, resulting in disease and death. Glycation may explain why studies in laboratory animals indicate that restricting calorie intake extends lifespan.

Most likely oxidative stress, glycation, telomere shortening, and chronological age — along with various genes — all work together to cause aging.

Source: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/chromosomes/telomeres/

Stay healthy my friends!

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD

11-20Before a cell can divide, it makes copies of its chromosomes so that both new cells will have identical genetic material. To be copied, a chromosome’s two DNA strands must unwind and separate. An enzyme (DNA polymerase) then reads the existing strands to build two new strands. It begins the process with the help of short pieces of RNA.

When each new matching strand is complete, it is a bit shorter than the original strand because of the room needed at the end for this small piece of RNA. It is like someone who paints himself into a corner and cannot paint the corner.

Source: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/chromosomes/telomeres/

Stay healthy my friends!

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD

 

Why do Chromosomes Have Telomeres?

Posted November 17, 2014 By admin

11-19Without telomeres, the main part of the chromosome — the part with genes essential for life — would get shorter each time a cell divides. So telomeres allow cells to divide without losing genes. Cell division is necessary for growing new skin, blood, bone, and other cells.

Without telomeres, chromosome ends could fuse together and corrupt the cell’s genetic blueprint, possibly causing malfunction, cancer, or cell death. Because broken DNA is dangerous, a cell has the ability to sense and repair chromosome damage. Without telomeres, the ends of chromosomes would look like broken DNA, and the cell would try to fix something that wasn’t broken. That also would make them stop dividing and eventually die.

 

Source: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/chromosomes/telomeres/

Stay healthy my friends!

Dr. Torres, MD

CEO and Founder of Forever Young MD