It has become increasingly clear that weight, nutrition and regular physical activity are all components of healthy aging. Therefore, lifestyle modification, particularly with attention to what we eat and weigh, may have significant impact on our health during our golden years. Rather than jump on the diet de jour bandwagon, it is probably most healthful to follow an organic, plant-based, antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory whole foods diet. Physical activity has many benefits for senior citizens. Judicious use of some supplements may also be health promoting. This presentation will review the most recent evidence-informed recommendations in these areas.
Dr. Donald I. Abrams is chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital, an integrative oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He was one of the original clinician/investigators to recognize many of the early AIDS-related conditions. He conducted numerous clinical trials investigating conventional as well as complementary therapies in patients with HIV including therapeutic touch, Traditional Chinese Medicine interventions, medicinal mushrooms, medical marijuana and distant healing. His particular passion in the field involves nutrition and cancer.