Rejuvenating hormone reason seniors are thriving at 100?

A very small town in Italy is getting a lot of attention from researchers. It turns out that Acciaroli, Italy is home to 300 people all over the age of 100. As if that is not enough of a big deal on its own — added to that fact is this…

For the most part, the centenarians in this privileged group are also free of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

How are they living so long — and in such apparent good health? There are several factors the researchers want to look into…

For starters, everyone in Acciaroli walks a lot. Nestled between the coast and mountains, daily treks are the norm just to get to market and do business. Then there is their adherence to a local Mediterranean diet markedly infused with rosemary.

According to Alan Maisel, MD, lead UC San Diego School of Medicine investigator and professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, “The goal of this long-term study is to find out why this group of 300 is living so long by conducting a full genetic analysis and examining lifestyle behaviors, like diet and exercise. The results from studying the longevity of this group could be applied to our practice at UC San Diego and to patients all over the world.” 1

Now, I know Dr. Maisel has the best of intentions — and I applaud his efforts — but I can’t help but doubt his last sentence. Because this is not the first time researchers have come across this anomaly…

Blue zones

Blue zones are seemingly miraculous places tucked around the globe where inhabitants live well past 90 — often to 100 — and are relatively free of chronic disease and frailty. And numerous studies have sought to discover their age-defying secrets…

Consider the beautiful island of Ikaria off Greece… the exotic island of Bali in Indonesia… the Japanese island of Okinawa…

These three stunning island locations have a few things in common. One, their populations defy normal longevity stats — a large portion of the people live to 100 or more — just like in Acciaroli. Two, dementia is rare — and Alzheimer’s is virtually non-existent. Third, the inhabitants of these islands stay active well into their senior years.

The research into these miraculous populations has been going on for decades. In the late 90s I attended a lecture (that shows you just how far back) that revealed some very interesting facts as to how this was happening — including one common denominator I’ll detail for you in just a minute…

But, firstly I wanted you to understand my skepticism at the thought of conventional researchers — and conventional medicine — taking what they will learn from the 300 100-year-olds currently living in Acciaroli, Italy — and using that information to help you live longer and healthier…

Because they already know — and haven’t said a single word to you yet.

I was privy to research in the late 90s. In these studies they were looking for the variable (or variables) that could be acknowledged as the silver bullet behind why these people lived to at least 100.

What was discovered was that these folks didn’t have all that much in common with one another. They were all over the world, so their diets varied. Some lived in cities and hardly exercised; others lived in the countryside, like the villagers in Acciaroli, and walked daily. Some smoked… others did not.

Yet there was one, key common denominator that all the centenarians in these scientific studies appeared to have had…

Secret of the centenarian club

And that was well-balanced and under control insulin.

But unless you have diabetes, your doctor has never spoken a single word to you about insulin, has he?

The insulin factor is something doctors who practice alternative medicine have been aware of for decades.  It turns out your body’s master hormone is a metabolic mediator that can boost your health, help you avoid disease and slow aging — all the way down to your DNA. And I’ve witnessed firsthand how patients in my practice have literally turned their lives around when they repaired and balanced their insulin.

But conventional doctors can’t wrap their heads around insulin — your body’s master hormone — outside of the context of diabetes. They won’t tell you that when your insulin is dysfunctional you are wide open to heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s and, of course, diabetes.

There are any number of reasons why. You could give them the benefit of the doubt and conclude they just don’t know. You could consider the amount of money pharmaceutical giants and the hospital industry make from diabetic patients.  You can also imagine the lack of revenue if everyone realized there was just one hormone to regulate to alleviate dozens of chronic diseases.

From the top on down, there are some strong reasons the medical industry truly would prefer you never understood just how important insulin is. In fact, it would probably shock you…

For example, the journal Metabolism reported that insulin was found to be a potential risk factor for lung cancer. 2 And in The American Journal of Pathology, it was reported that insulin levels in non-diabetic patients are independently linked to the development of colorectal, breast, uterine and prostate cancers. 3

I’ve previously written on the impressive importance of insulin in a previous post. And also on how it is connected to adrenal fatigue. But there is so much more to it. Seniors are increasing their longevity and their health by balancing their master hormone and that’s how my book, The Insulin Factor, came about… because you have a right to know everything about the secrets to living in good health well into your golden years.

 

[1] https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-03-29-remote-italian-village-may-hold-key-to-longevity.aspx
[2] Petridou ET, et al. “Insulin resistance: an independent risk factor for lung cancer?” Metabolism. 2011 Aug;60(8):1100-6.
[3] Cowey S, Hardy R, “The Metabolic Syndrome. The High-Risk State of Cancer?” The American Journal of Pathology. November 2006 Volume 169, Issue 5, Pages 1505–1522.
Dr. Michael Cutler

By Dr. Michael Cutler

Dr. Michael Cutler is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder of the original Easy Health Options™ newsletter — an advisory on natural healing therapies and nutrients. His current practice is San Diego Integrative Medicine, near San Diego, California.