Exercise, Nutrition Key to Longer, Healthier LivesSeptember 14, 2016
Dr. Brian Balin discussed aging-related research on the "Better Living with Lin Tatum"
Dr. Brian Balin, an internationally-recognized expert in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research,
reports that physical exercise is the number one preventive factor in waylaying mental
changes and cognitive impairment, followed closely by nutrition. Eating foods rich
in Omega 3 fatty acids, fruits, nuts and berries – keeps us healthier as we age, he
said. “When we do this, we live longer, healthier lives.”
Dr. Balin is the chair of the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and the director of PCOM’s Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. He regularly presents his work at major national and international scientific meetings
including a number of world congresses on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
A recent guest on the “Better Living with Lin Tatum” radio show which aired on 1160
Newstalk in Atlanta, he noted that statistics show us that about one half of the US
population has a chronic illness. “Over the age of 65,” he said, “we start to see
an increase. And then, between the ages of 65 to 74 years of age, about 63 percent
of the population has a chronic illness.” After age 85, almost 80 percent of the population
has at least one chronic illness, he noted.
What is the best way to reduce the risk of chronic illness? According to Dr. Balin,
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