Wellness Wednesday – 7/29/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Scientists One Step Closer to Delaying Aging
It’s not the fountain of youth, but scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) may be one step closer to delaying the aging process. The team studied aging in yeast to try to understand if different cells age at the same rate and for the same reason.
They found that cells made of the same genetic materials and within the same environment aged in “strikingly distinct ways,” according to the scientists, who published their findings in the journal Science.
About half of the yeast cells aged because of a gradual decline in the nucleolus. However, the other half aged because of a dysfunction of mitochondria, which produce a cell’s energy.
Scientists said that the cells go down one of two paths — nuclear or mitochondrial — early in life, and they continue with the aging route until they ultimately decline and die.
The team of researchers found they could manipulate the process of aging by using computer simulations to reprogram and modify DNA. Ultimately, the team found a “novel aging route” with a dramatically extended lifespan.
“This is an aging path that never existed, but because we understand how it is regulated, we can basically design or regulate a new aging path,” said Nan Hao, senior author of the study and an associate biology professor at UCSD.
Scientists said that they plan to test their model in complex cells, organisms and humans, as well as testing how combinations of therapeutics and drugs could lead to further longevity.
Beans, Lentils and Nuts Linked to Lower Risk of Early Death
New research suggests that diets rich in protein are linked to a lower risk of death from any cause.
Experts found that diets high in protein – particularly plant protein – could lower the risk of early death, while swapping meat for plant protein may increase longevity.
Rich sources of plant protein include beans, lentils, chickpeas, edamame beans, nuts and quinoa. Soybeans are also a good source of protein, and some vegetables like broccoli, peas and spinach contribute to protein intake.
Researchers found that intake of total protein was associated with a 6% lower risk of death from any cause, but a diet containing plant protein was “significantly associated with a lower risk of all cause mortality,” with an 8% reduction in death from any cause when people with the highest intake of plant protein were compared with those with the lowest.
The study concluded: “Higher intake of total protein was associated with a lower risk of all cause mortality, and intake of plant protein was associated with a lower risk of all cause and cardiovascular disease mortality.
The experts called for more research but said their findings “strongly support the existing dietary recommendations to increase consumption of plant proteins in the general population.”
Screen Time for Toddlers Linked to Stunted Development
A recent study says excessive screen time may stunt a child’s growth, especially if they start using devices around age two or three.
Researchers in Singapore examined over 500 children, and their findings lead them to recommend parents follow World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, which advise limiting a child’s screen time to one hour per day. This amount should be even less for children younger than five.
Study authors say screen time tends to replace time children usually spend sleeping or engaging in physical activity. This can lead to a variety of health problems, including high risk of obesity and lower mental development.
The results also reveal children at age five are also less active if they’ve been using devices too much early on. Those youths are getting about 30 minutes less light activity each day and 10 minutes less vigorous exercise as well.
Still, more studies are necessary to determine the long-term health effects of the growing digital influence on kids, but adding less screen time and more exercise into your child’s day seems to be the best bet for health physical and mental growth.
FARMERS MARKETS IN THE VALLEY
Local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets that are going above and beyond to serve the community.
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 42nd season. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 31, selling an expanded selection of farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and more.
(978) 872-7535 | TeamHaverhill.org/projects/community/haverhill-farmers-market
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will be happening virtually. Order online or by phone, choose from four prepackaged choices, and pick up your delicious goods at their station.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. Also, you can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual spring market.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Pick up fresh produce and more with this mobile market. Visit Lowell’s Mill No. 5 parking lot every Tuesday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lowell Senior Center any Thursday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m; and Lucy Larcom Park on Fridays between 12 to 3 p.m.
Mill No. 5 The Farm Market
Mill No. 5 is not collecting any table fees and is not profiting from this market. The market facilitates healthy food options from local farmers and food producers. Stop by Mill No. 5 at 225 Middlesex Street for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more.