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Metformin (brand name Glucophage) is the most commonly prescribed drug in the world for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Because metformin effectively lowers both blood glucose and blood insulin levels, it also reduces the risk to many other chronic degenerative diseases. Consequently, in addition to its use in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, metformin is now becoming recognized as a therapy to slow down aging.
In 2016 the FDA made an unprecedented announcement when it approved a study to examine the effect of metformin on the biology of aging in humans. This study is titled Targeting Aging with Metformin, or the TAME study. This is the first time in history that the FDA has approved any human clinical trial with a goal of establishing a drug’s ability to protect against multiple diseases of aging. In previous studies with different species of animals, therapy with metformin has resulted in significant increases in lifespan. Many healthy people are now electing to take metformin for its ability to slow down aging processes and increase longevity. I want to explain how metformin works so you will understand why it produces so many additional health benefits beyond treating type 2 diabetes.Read more
Squats (sometimes called Air Squats) are an amazingly simple, safe, inexpensive, effective form of exercise. Air squats are simply squats done without additional weights, just using one's own body weight for resistance. The video below demonstrates the correct form doing squats.
They can be done by people of all ages and in virtually any location. I currently have an 82-year old female client who is doing her squats holding onto the door knobs on her bedroom door for balance.
Air squats utilize all the big muscles in your lower body including the quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors and the gluteal muscles in the buttocks. Strengthening these muscles will provide a lifetime of benefit. This is especially important for the elderly because strength in these muscles helps prevent falls and subsequent injuries.
There is another benefit from air squats that gets overlooked. Squats are a great weight-loss technique. I encourage my clients who want to lose weight to do 20 or 30 air squats about 10 minutes before each meal. Activating all the muscles in the legs and buttocks delivers more blood, oxygen and nutrients to all these cells. Then after eating, much more of the blood sugar from a meal gets delivered to these big muscles where it gets utilized for energy rather than getting converted to triglycerides and stored as fat. Yes, just doing squats for a couple of minutes before a meal will help you avoid storing the calories from a meal as body fat.