Exercise, Nutrition Key to Longer, Healthier Lives
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Exercise, Nutrition Key to Longer, Healthier Lives

September 14, 2016

Dr. Brian Balin was a recent guest on the "Better Living with Lin Tatum" radio show.Dr. Brian Balin discussed aging-related research on the "Better Living with Lin Tatum" radio show.

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 and Lin TatumDr. 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, “Keep moving!”

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