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June 13, 2012

Aging Gracefully with Sound Advice


This week's beauty is Dr. Cheryl Townsend Winter, who is 61 years old. Cheryl is a retired periodontist who is reinventing herself by writing a book on aging called "The Aging Gracefully Pathway: A Toolkit for the Journey."  Cheryl explains that the connection between being a periodontist and writing a book on aging is that structurally the gums are the same as skin and that there are many linkages between gum disease and aging/serious systemic diseases.

Further, Cheryl explains that the major categories of aging are:
  • Taking care of the external body: includes skin care, hair, posture, grooming, and figure.
  • Taking care of the internal body: includes brain, internal workings, what we eat, how we sleep, rest & relax, and how we exercise the body.
  • Taking care of the spirit/soul: includes attitude, aspirations, inspirations, etc.


"The Aging Gracefully Pathway: A Toolkit for the Journey" has over 100 tips but here is a little preview:
 
  • Sugar and refined foods may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  •  AGE’s (advanced glycation end-products) cause most degenerative diseases and wrinkles.
  •  Antioxidants from diet play a leading role in preventing age-related diseases.
  • Cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels, reduces AGE’s, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and the scent enhances cognitive processing including attention, memory, and visual-motor speed (Ageless Face, Ageless Mind).
  • “Training on an empty stomach turns on some interesting genetic machinery that is important not only in fat loss but also longevity.” (The Paleo Solution).
  • The spice turmeric has anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer’s properties. (Ageless Face, Ageless Mind).

Thank you Cheryl for being this week's beauty. I wish you luck with the book. Please stop in and let us know when it is on the shelves.


3 comments:

  1. I couldn't help but validate that correlation with my collierville dentists about the gum disease and aging. Somehow, Dr. Winter cannot be more profound in finding the link between the two.

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  2. Thank you - it is very interesting how things are connected in ways we didn't think of 30+ years ago when I finished the perio program!

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