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The Boomer Bulletin
News and trends for the booming generation
By Bruce Kauffman

Magic bullet off target . . .?

Hopes that oral testosterone supplements would slow the signs and symptoms of aging in men have been dampened by a Netherlands study.

Researchers at University Medical Center Utrecht gave a group of healthy 60-to-80 year old men regular doses of the male hormone over six months, added it all up, and decided against recommending it. The 237 men in the study started out with low or low-normal levels of testosterone.

Even though the men's body fat decreased and lean muscle mass increased, the scientists were disappointed because there was no gain in muscular strength to go along with it. Also, the supplements lowered the level of good cholesterol, or HDL, in the bloodstream.

As for the concern of some doctors that testosterone supplements may lead to prostate cancer, the Dutch study had good news. The researchers found nothing to suggest abnormal prostate function in the group of men. 

The researchers left open the chance that gels, patches and injections might work better than oral supplements.

How best, then, to mitigate the effects of getting older as testosterone levels naturally lower with age?

Take the simplest course, the researchers say: Exercise regularly.

When is old. . .?

Boomers are fond of saying that sixty is the new forty, and it may be because they think they think they've got nearly two decades to go before they get old, a Met Life survey finds.

Pollsters asked a thousand people age 61 at what age they figure they'll be old. The answer: age 78.

Grand illusion. . .?

 The reports cards we’re giving ourselves for health may amount to grade inflation.
Looking at a group of 35-to-54 year olds loosely defined as boomers, a Newsweek magazine and Discovery Health Channel poll finds that 59 percent of the women and 44 percent of the men describe their health as good or excellent.

But on closer examination, it appears the boomers think they're doing far better than they actually are.
Most, for example, call themselves "very" or "somewhat" active, but few do more than take walks. And fewer than 15 percent regularly engage in vigorous activity such as bicycling, running and swimming, according to the survey.

More than half are deemed overweight and, as for the men, more than a quarter are clinically obese.
And though smoking is becoming ever more outre in every demographic, 35 percent of these male boomers and 22 percent of the females still light up.

One expert, geriatrics professor Robert N. Butler at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine, says only 10 percent of boomers follow "a prescription for good health" in their eating and exercise habits.

Access unlimited...

It's a leap to presume that governments closely guard boomers' Social Security numbers, data so vital to obtaining benefits.

The Washington Post suggests it's child's play to pick off a number from an array of public records, especially in land records and criminal and civil case files found at court houses around the nation. A lot of that data can also be unearthed with a few clicks on line.

A Post reporter spent an hour on Maryland's land records Web site and came across the Social Security numbers and signatures of two dozen people who owned property.

Since 2001, federal courts have kept the numbers off public records, and many states have followed suit. But that does not keep the numbers off the millions of hard-copy records filed in the U.S. before then.

The newspaper's mouse clicks turned up the Social Security numbers of former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, football great Troy Aikman and Maryland attorney general Douglas Gansler, who called the number "the fingerprint to somebody's identification."



 


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