Well-being refers to positive and sustainable characteristics which enable individuals and organisations to thrive and flourish.
Our inter-disciplinary Institute is dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of well-being and applying this new knowledge to helping people and institutions develop their full potential.
Anti- Aging Longevity Programs that focus on Positive psychology and well-being
Mental health is increasingly defined not only by the absence of illness but by the presence of subjective well–being (SWB). Previous cohort studies have consistently shown that indicators of SWB predict favorable life outcomes including better mental and somatic health, including longevity. Read more on this control study on the association of well being and longevity.
Seven types of evidence are reviewed that indicate that high subjective well-being (such as life satisfaction, absence of negative emotions, optimism, andpositive emotions) causes better health and longevity. For example, prospectivelongitudinal studies of normal populations provide evidence that various typesof subjective well-being such as positive affect predict health and longevity,controlling for health and socioeconomic status at baseline. Combined withexperimental human and animal research, as well as naturalistic studies ofchanges of subjective well-being and physiological processes over time, the casethat subjective well-being influences health and longevity in healthy populationsis compelling. However, the claim that subjective well-being lengthens the livesof those with certain diseases such as cancer remains controversial. Positivefeelings predict longevity and health beyond negative feelings. However,intensely aroused or manic positive affect may be detrimental to health. Issuessuch as causality, effect size, types of subjective well-being, and statistical controls are discussed.
Anti-aging Longevity program to increase your life quality with HGH
Anti Aging is going to take on a new level of importance. Many people, after raising their family and completing their life’s work, enter into their retirement and final phase of life. As they become older, and the ravages of aging starts to take its toll, their quality of life becomes severely affected.
The most distressing aspect of growing old is not the actual lose of years to be lived, but rather the illnesses associated with the aging. It is not actually the quantity of life of the remaining years, but rather the quality of life of the remaining years.
The pharmaceutical industry has done an adequate job of making this end of life phase as somewhat tolerable by supplying drugs that target the symptoms of the aging illnesses as they become apparent.
There is a huge change that is occurring in our health care industry. We have just added 30,000,000 million more people on to our health care system with no associated increase in doctors. There is a very good likelihood of the potential for rationed care. With 70% of healthcare cost being in the last 5 years the elderly life this rationing will not only include the medical services but also the associated cost.
The pharmaceuticals that made the end of life phase tolerable for the elderly may well need to be phased back. The quality of this end of life phase may be in jeopardy.
As people look at the likely quality of their elderly years and realize the benefits that they will accrue by implementing an anti aging strategy, their complacency on examining their end of life cycle may well dissipate.
Although the Anti Aging or longevity movement is relatively new, documenting the actual years of life extension is difficult, but the increased health level of the participants has been well established.
With over 3000 research projects confirming Dr. Rudman’s original anti aging work done in 1990, the benefits of supplemental HGH can no longer be denied.
Previously because of the large size of the HGH molecule and its extremely fragile nature, it had to be administered by injection. The recombinant hGH was rather expensive and also had to be injected in a fashion to mimic the secretions of the body. This made it too expensive for the general population.
Because of the tremendous benefits of HGH, (see the video on our website) researchers all over the world have been working on combinations of amino acids and proprietary ingredients that would entice the body’s pituitary to return to its younger state of production. It has already been determined that, if properly stimulated, the pituitary can secrete as if in a younger state. These stimulating products have come to be known as secretagogues.
In the last twenty years, significant progress has been made. By using the body’s own HGH, not only has the cost been substantially reduced, but also the hormone is secreted in a manner in which nature intended.
Heal yourself with Laughter, Laughter also enhances growth hormone
Laughter has many long-term health benefits including increasing your growth hormone levels, and also several others which include strengthening your immune system, relieving pain and easing depression. Research even suggests that repetitious laughter causes the body to respond in similar ways to moderate physical exercise, including lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising good cholesterol (HDL). Norman Cousins, an American journalist, professor and world peace advocate, published his ability to heal himself with laughter in the New England Journal of Medicine in the 1970s. Read more about effect of laughter on HGH levels on Research gate.
Healthy Well-being – Maintaining a Good Quality of Life With Advancing Years
The three populations in the world with the largest percent of centegenarians, or people living beyond 100 years of age provide us with important lessons. Residents of these three locations- Okinawa in Japan; Loma Linda in California, USA; and Sardinia in Italy are more likely to live beyond 100 years of age and are less likely to develop chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer, thus allowing them to live long and healthy lives (Buettner D, The Secrets of Long Life. National Geographic Magazine, 2005). As the article summarizes, the common factors in the lifestyles of these three populations and that therefore likely contribute to longevity are:-
1) having a sense of community belonging such as those that you get by surrounding yourself with friends, families and neighbors, 2) finding a sense of purpose, 3) getting daily exercise, and 4) having frequent, small and well-balanced meals.
Though this formula may sound simple, many find the most difficult parts to be getting daily exercise and having a well-balanced diet. Its not that easy with our busy Singaporean lives. Here are some key points:
Exercise: Before you start, check with your doctor if you are over 50 years old and are not used to regular exercise. There is no doubt that regular exercise and physical activity are beneficial no matter how old you are. Not only has it been associated with delaying or preventing the onset of diseases like heart disease or diabetes, it can also improve your mood and give you more energy. The US National Institute on Aging recommends 30 minutes of exercise or activity most days of the week. It doesn’t need to be 30 minutes all at once, it can be spread out during the day. Exercises like Tai chi may be particularly good because it improves balance. No matter what age you are, joining a gym may be a good idea. It is also important to do strength exercises to build your muscles because these exercise can help prevent falls that can lead to hip fractures (or broken hips). Don’t forget to stretch- this is important to keep you flexible.
Good Nutrition: The Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Healthy Diet Pyramid provides guidelines for Singaporeans on how to eat a balanced diet. If you have a computer, the HPB has numerous tools online that can help you count calories, analyze your recipes, and even guides you how to go food shopping so that you focus on healthy choices. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can group the foods you eat into 1) rice and whole grain foods, 2) fruits and vegetables, 3) protein such as meat and fish, and 4) Fats, oils, salt and sugar, with the latter two categories being less in amount you consume than the first two.
Make sure you drink plenty of liquids like water, juice, milk and soup. Consume fiber, which comes from fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, brown rice and whole grains. Fiber helps problems like constipation, and also lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.
What about Dietary Supplements?
Supplements are “over the counter” substances that do not require prescription. The most common supplements are vitamins and minerals. The best way to get vitamins and minerals is by eating the recommended servings of food types as described above.
If you are unable to eat a balanced meal, talk to your doctor about taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. The label on the supplement bottle should indicate the amount a supplement contains relative to the suggested daily intake. For example, a folic acid intake of 100% of recommended daily value means that the supplement will give you the total amount that you need each day.
What about Growth Hormone, does this prevent aging?
Our body makes hormones which are important chemicals that signal our cells to perform certain functions. These functions include maintaining blood pressure and blood sugar levels, help with bone formation, and also allow children to grow taller. As we age, there is a natural decline in certain hormones. There are proponents for hormone supplementation, particularly to slow down the aging process.
However, according to the US National Institute of Aging, which has been conducting clinical studies on this topic, the evidence supporting this is weak. One of the most recently discussed hormones is the use of Human Growth Hormone (hGH) because some individuals are using it for anti-aging. One way to take hGH is through injections, and some people spend money to receive these treatment because of claims that it boosts stamina and strength. But little is known about the long-term risks of this controversial treatment.
Indeed, as stated by the National Institute of Aging, though some studies suggest that hGH can increase muscle mass, it doesn’t seem to impact on muscle strength. In addition, side-effects have been seen with the use of growth hormone, including the development of diabetes and heart failure.
In summary, there are simple ways to remain healthy and disease-free as we age. Talk to your doctor about interventions that are proven by clinical studies, and not those that are simply fads or trends. Finally, take advantage of the internet to evaluate treatments yourself. Consult the Health Promotion Board’s website (www.hpb.gov.sg) or the United States’ National Institute of Aging for up-to-date information on which treatments and approaches are proven.
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