Study shows that the brain function
starts to slow around age 40. Dr. Bruce
Yankner at Harvard Medical School has
identified the genes which play the key
roles. Because of the wide differences
in gene activity among people,
individuals may approach a stage of
"old age" at different rates.
The Brain
May Start to Age at 40 Years, Reuters,
June 10, 2004
Heathy Aging   
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Factors Hit Life Expectancy
Obesity, a major risk factor for diabetes,
affects 300 million people in the world and
about 194 million people suffer from
diabetes. By 2005, the number of obese
people may soar to 333 million. Professor
Claude Bouchard, International Society for
the Study of Obesity, suspected that within a
short period of time we would see a
reduction in life expectancy because of the
twin epidemics (obesity and diabetes).
Obesity/Diabetes Could Hit Life
Expectancy-Experts, by Patricia Reaney, Reuters,
May 28 2004

Fast foods are generally high in salt, fat,
and refined carbohydrates. People who
frequently eat fast food are more likely to
gain more weight and develop insulin
resistance. Insulin is produced in the
pancreas and released in response to
spikes in blood glucose that occur after
eating sweets or other carbohydrates.
Normally, insulin stimulates cells to take up
and utilize glucose. However, in insulin
resistance, the body's cells do not respond
sufficiently to insulin, thus, more insulin are
required to bring down the glucose level.
Consequently, people suffered from type II
diabetes have chronically high insulin and
blood glucose levels.
The Lancet 2005; 365; 36-42.
Popular Health Issues
Sign, Symptoms and Treatments
Deaths-Leading Causes

(Data are for U.S. for year indicated)

Number of deaths for leading causes of
death
Heart disease: 652,091
Cancer: 559,312
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 143,579
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 130,933
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 117,809
Diabetes: 75,119
Alzheimer's disease: 71,599
Influenza/Pneumonia: 63,001
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and
nephrosis: 43,901
Septicemia: 34,136

Source: Deaths: CDC.gov Final Data for
2005, Table C
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