Life Extension Magazine May 2014
As We See It
CDC Says: 200,000 Americans Die Needlessly Every Year
By William Faloon
Low Testosterone Associated With Higher Vascular Risk
Testosterone levels are high in young men, but plummet during aging.
Low testosterone in men is associated with excess abdominal fat,93,94 loss of insulin sensitivity,95,96 atherosclerosis,97,98 and increased incidence of cardiovascular disease.99
A review of data gathered between 1970 and 2013 provided further evidence that low testosterone in men may be linked to a higher risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease.100
Another 2013 study confirmed the increase of metabolic syndrome in men that are testosterone deficient.101 Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors that include insulin resistance, hypertension, elevated triglycerides/LDL and low HDL.102 This study found that men treated with testosterone showed across the board improvements as indicated by:101
- Reduced LDL.
- Reduced triglycerides.
- Reduced glucose.
- Reduced C-reactive protein.
- Reduced measures of liver damage.
- Reduced blood pressure.
- Reduced hemoglobin A1c.
- Increased HDL (removes cholesterol buildup from arterial walls).
This stream of favorable data is causing testosterone prescriptions to surge. From 1994 to 2004, prescription sales of testosterone increased by 500%.103 We believe they have grown substantially more than that since then, especially when considering that sales of low-cost compounded testosterone creams are not easily counted in the official statistics.
It is regrettable that despite compelling findings of profound efficacy, some conventional doctors still question the value of testosterone replacement in maturing men. This oversight is causing too many needless heart attacks.
For nearly 20 years, Life Extension has urged its male members to restore testosterone levels to youthful ranges. We have written meticulous rebuttal to media attacks that question the value of properly-prescribed natural testosterone.
George W. Bush’s Blocked Coronary Artery
George W. Bush
George W. Bush (the younger Bush) may have been the first President to describe his daily health routine that included regular exercise along with a multivitamin, low-dose aspirin, and possibly some fish oil. Former President Bush had annual physical exams by the government’s best doctors.
In August 2013, doctors discovered that a vital coronary artery in George W. Bush was 95% blocked. An emergency stent was inserted to restore blood flow through the occluded artery. According to medical sources, the location and severity of the coronary artery blockage usually causes sudden death and the former President was lucky his doctors caught it in time.105
We are seeking the medical records of President Bush through the Freedom of Information Act, but we are confident that his annual “Presidential” exams did not include the comprehensive blood testing that Life Extension members take each year. As we long ago documented, all it takes is for one independent vascular risk factor to be out of safe range for a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure to ensue.106-108
Vascular disease was the cause of death of former Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Eisenhower suffered horrifically from heart disease for over a decade before dying from congestive heart failure.109,110
In 2004, Bill Clinton underwent open heart surgery to bypass multiple blocked arteries in his heart that would have likely killed him in a few months if not treated.111 He had to undergo follow-up surgery in 2005 to correct a complication caused by his first bypass surgery.112
In 2010, Clinton was rushed to the hospital complaining of chest pains and had two stents implanted to open two new occluded coronary arteries. Clinton regularly exercised, but did little else other than what his conventional doctors prescribed. Clinton’s program obviously failed to protect him from severe and recurring coronary atherosclerosis.113
Dick Cheney’s Multiple Heart Attacks
In this month’s issue, we feature a review of a book authored by former Vice President Dick Cheney.116 Perhaps no living political figure better exemplifies what happens to one’s arteries in response to poor lifestyle choices than Dick Cheney.
Cheney was known for eating outrageous quantities of artery-clogging foods and smoking heavily for 20 years.
Dick Cheney suffered his first heart attack in 1978, when he was only 37. He suffered his second in 1984 and a third in 1988 before undergoing a quadruple bypass surgery to unblock his clogged arteries. His fourth heart attack occurred in 2000. At that time, doctors inserted a stent to open a re-occluded coronary artery.
In 2001, doctors implanted a device to track and control Cheney’s heart rhythm. In 2008, he underwent a procedure to restore his heart to a normal rhythm after doctors found that he was experiencing a recurrence of atrial fibrillation. Despite all this, Cheney suffered his fifth heart attack in February 2010.
Dick Cheney has reportedly taken statin drugs for nearly two decades. In June 2001, his LDL was an excellent 72 mg/dL, indicating he was taking a high-dose statin drug. This did not, however, prevent him from suffering another heart attack.
The former Vice President has had access to the best that conventional cardiology can offer, yet his chronic heart ailments did not abate until he received a heart transplant in 2012.
Don’t Be Victimized By Overwhelmed Doctors
We at Life Extension have new members send us their blood test results for our review. It never ceases to amaze us as to how many important blood tests such as C-reactive protein, hemoglobin A1c, homocysteine, and vital hormones are omitted.
Standard blood panels today look at lipids (cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides) and glucose. If levels of these vascular risk markers are within conventional “reference ranges,” then the patient is told they are fine.
One big mistake that people make is thinking that being in the “reference range” means they are safe. For instance, a doctor may look at your fasting glucose reading of 97 mg/dL and say you have no diabetic problems. If you happen to be over-secreting large amounts of insulin that keeps your glucose suppressed, then you are facing diabetic complications that can adversely impact every part of your body. A hemoglobin A1c test is a far more accurate measure of glucose control. Fasting glucose levels should be below 86 mg/dL and hemoglobin A1c below 5.6%.)122,123
With restrictions being placed on healthcare expenditures, aging Americans are being denied the opportunity to protect their circulatory system against atherosclerosis. Doctors facing a surge of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act are less able to spend the time to evaluate comprehensive blood test results. It is up to the individual to take charge of their health and longevity by having annual blood tests and following up on any reading that is out of optimal range.
Life Extension’s Common Sense Approach
A meticulous review of the scientific literature reveals a multitude of factors that cause humans to accumulate atherosclerotic plaque. Validated blood markers are available to identify specific vascular risks so that corrective actions can be taken before a heart attack or stroke strikes.
Yet this scientific approach to disease prevention is tragically overlooked by today’s hurried medical establishment.
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