Oral health, chronic disease, and longevity

A recent study published in The Journals of Gernontology Series A found an association between poor oral health and frailty in the elderly.  T he study found that elderly people who had poor status in 3 or more measures of oral frailty(# of natural teeth, chewing ability, tongue pressure, difficulties in eating or swallowing, and … Continue reading Oral health, chronic disease, and longevity

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Aging Biomarkers: Am I 7 years older or 10 years younger?

As research in to human aging and the mechanisms behind it grow, there's a need to address the big fat albatross around the neck of gerontology.  The albatross is that until we identify some valid biomarkers of human aging, we must rely on the data in animal models and epidemiological research in humans. Currently, there … Continue reading Aging Biomarkers: Am I 7 years older or 10 years younger?

A comprehensive review of your aging and evolving gut microbiome

A study recently published in the journal Cell is teeming with incredible insights in to how/why our microbiome evolves with us as we age.  There are quite a few key takeaways from this study, which is open access and free to read here. While focus has been on the gut microbiome, other microbial communities throughout … Continue reading A comprehensive review of your aging and evolving gut microbiome