[extropy-chat] Calorie Reduction Cardiovascular Benefits
Johnius of Genius
johnius at genius.ucsd.edu
Wed Apr 21 05:08:25 UTC 2004
A new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences has encouraging news about the health effects of calorie
These values look really good. HDL-C is the "good" cholesterol and that
was the only one that was higher; all the others are risk factors and
were lower in the CR group. [...]
For those who can stick to it, the health benefits appear to be real.
I can partially confirm that in my own case, I think.
I recently went through an extensive series of tests
(biomarkers, blood lab work, urine metabolites, physical
exam, etc.) as part of my starting up with the California
Healthspan Institute ( http://ehealthspan.com/ ). The
conclusion seems to be that considering all of my various
measured parameters, I'm biologically about 80% younger
than my chronological age.
I've been on an anti-aging Zone diet for about a year,
and have been eating fairly well for over 10 years,
including about 1.5 years on a somewhat CR diet a la
Walford. I also exercise daily (about 1.5 hours bicycling,
morning walk + calisthenics), and practice some stress relief.
Of particular interest, my HDL-C is also quite high, and
Dr. Rothenberg seemed impressed by it.
My homocysteine is still a little high, but he said I can
probably easily remedy that by upping my dosage of TMG.
Other than that, a few of my hormone levels can stand to
be raised, for anti-aging purposes. These aren't really
diet related, but are more age-based parameters. My DHEA
and melatonin levels can be easily raised by upping my
oral dosages of them. More stubborn are my testosterone
and HGH levels. CHI uses bio-identical hormone replacement,
which is great, but also rather expensive. So... I'm
looking for cheaper alternatives.
To potentially raise testosterone, I'm considering:
* Tribulus (herb) to stimulate production
* androstenedione (easily converted)
* chrysin to reduce conversion of T to other things
* other herbals: maca, nettle, etc.
To potentially raise HGH, I'm considering:
* megadosing arginine/ornithine and glutamine/glycine
to stimulate production
* going south of the border [there is an Israeli company
that makes bio-identical HGH for about 10% of the US cost,
and its product may be available in Mexico ... anyone
know anything about this? Could be worth a weekly visit
to Tijuana :-) ]
All the best, Johnius
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