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Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

Good Genes. Healthy Choices. Luck. All are factors contributing to successful aging. But what’s the magic formula for beating the odds and living a long, healthful life?

Successful Aging: Unlocking the Mystery of Quality Long Living was the topic of the latest edition of the Healthcare Roundtable series held in Coral Gables, FL on 4/4/17. Attendees witnessed a remarkable panel discussion, featuring renowned S. Florida geriatric and functional medicine specialists. These experts on successful aging helped to unravel the secret of winning the longevity battle. Telomeres, gut health, chronic systemic inflammation, nutrition and mindfulness were among the topics addressed in this far ranging discussion.

Key Takeaways:

Diseases of aging are strongly associated with inflammation.

Genetic plays an important role in diseases of aging; that said, in most cases, genetics predispose us to certain vulnerabilities but don't necessarily pre-determine our fate.

Geneticists believe that, if all processes of aging could be eliminated and oxidative stress damage could be repaired, people could live up to 1,000 years.

Inflammation is caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, excessive use of alcohol, cigarette smoking, stress, inadequate sleep and environmental factors such as unsafe air and water.

Obesity is an inflammatory disease and obese people are at risk for premature aging.

There are perverse economic incentives driving unhealthy aging. For example, one recent study found prices of unhealthy foods have been reduced by 20% while prices of healthy foods are increasing. 

We can be affected by unhealthy aging even when we are very young; conversely even old people can take steps to mitigate the effects of aging.

Americans are driven people who strive for success and material wealth; yet multiple studies show affluent people are no happier than those lower on the socio-economic ladder and overwork is definitely a risk factor for unhealthy aging. Thus, the pursuit of happiness can be better characterized as a hedonistic treadmill.

Effective treatment plans to address premature aging must be holistic and account for age, gender, culture and socio-economic status.

When challenged to identify the key to advances in addressing premature aging, Dr. Denker responded with one word: "community". Drs. Roldan ("always remember your definition of health") and Tanio ("sleep more") also offered concise replies.

Below find a list of faculty as well as sponsors:

Opening Remarks
Martine Charles, MPH, Director, Planning and Population Health of Miami based Alliance for Aging, Inc.


Craig Tanio, MD, CEO and Founder of Hollywood based Rezilir Health
Chairman, Maryland Health Care Commission
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine  

Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, Chief Clinical Officer of Plaza Health Network
Eneida Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA, CEO, FIU Health Care Network
Associate Dean, International Affairs, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine


Bizu Ejigu, MBA, 2017 WHEN President

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