Immortal Minute

Hope For A Cure For Diabetes

Posted on: Wed, Feb 03, 2016, at 12:00 pm

At the University of California San Francisco, scientists have successfully created insulin producing pancreatic cells from skin cells. These transformed cells, when introduced into mice, actually cured them of their diabetes. This is an amazing breakthrough because in the past the problem with transplanting pancreatic cells was rejection, but since these cells were transformed from the mouse's own skin cells, rejections was not an issue. This discovery could mean that a cure is on the horizon.

A New Longevity Hormone

Posted on: Wed, Jan 27, 2016, at 12:00 pm

A study shows that the increase of a hormone, FGF21 slows degeneration of the Thymus. We've talked on previous shows that the thymic function decreases as we age. When we are infants, the thymus is the almost the size of our fists, but by the time we're 70, it's no bigger than a pea. It has been directly related to the aging process. This new hormone has been shown to slow down this process. This hormone is also being researched as a treatment for type 2 diabetes.

The Bacteria That Can Help You Live Longer

Posted on: Wed, Jan 20, 2016, at 12:00 pm

Let's talk about the gut biome. A new study published in the American Geriatrics Society identified that in longer lived people, there is a specific gut bacteria which is responsible for increased longevity and helping prevent illness. Now that the specific bacteria has been identified it is only a matter of time until we know how to promote it's growth in everyone.

Gut Microbes And Your Testosterone

Posted on: Wed, Jan 13, 2016, at 12:00 pm

This minute is about two topics we like to talk about on the show: your gut and testosterone. Some recent evidence suggested that some bacteria may be responsible for the excessive breakdown of testosterone. This means that the things you're eating and what's in your gut could be contributing to low testosterone. These scientists also found that increased cortisol levels, which is a result of stress or lack of sleep, actually promotes the growth of these testosterone degrading bacteria.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted on: Wed, Jan 06, 2016, at 12:00 pm

What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar? Studies have shown that ingesting acetic acid, which is found in vinegar, converts it to ash, which lowers the pH of your body and makes it more alkaline. This is a good thing because cancer cells tend to occur in more acidic environments.

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