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Adventist Longevity Study Discussion Free at Loma Linda University Church

The free event is scheduled 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 15 at Loma Linda University Church, 11215 Campus St.

An Adventist study of human longevity in Loma Linda will be discussed at the inaugural Loma Linda Health Symposium, a spokesman for Loma Linda University announced Tuesday.

The public is invited to the free event, which is scheduled 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 15 at Loma Linda University Church, 11215 Campus St.

"Symposium presenters include Dr. Gary Fraser, principal investigator of the ongoing Adventist Health Study," LLU spokesman Herbert Atienza said. "He will be joined by other study investigators: Dr. Michael Orlich, Prof. Karen Jaceldo, and Prof. Pramil Singh."

The symposium is sponsored by Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda University Drayson Center Wellness Clinic, and Loma Linda University Church, Atienza said.

"The Adventist Health Study is a multi-generational scientific study that looks into the health and longevity of members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, many of whom live in Loma Linda," Atienza said.

Loma Linda has been identified by New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner as one of five "Blue Zones," places in the world where people live healthy and productive lives into their 90s and 100s.

Buettner's book, "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest," was published in 2008.

"The secrets of health and longevity in Loma Linda have been a topic of extensive research," Dr. Hildemar Dos Santos, assistant professor at the Preventive Care Program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health and the symposium’s main coordinator, said in a statement.

"In simple language, the experts will translate the health secrets of the Loma Linda Blue Zone for the people in the community," Dos Santos said.

Symposium presenters will lead discussions on health topics including cancer prevention, heart disease prevention, obesity and diabetes prevention, and other health issues related to lifestyle and behavior, Atienza said.

For more information call (909) 651-5077.

Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution with more than 4,300 students.

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Amanda Frye September 05, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Try this longevity calculator from the University of Pennsylvania http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/ Wonder how this compares to the Blue Zone theories and Adventist's studies?
Amanda Frye September 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Adventists assume that it is their religion that promotes longevity. Does the University of Pennsylvania statistical model demonstrate that longevity is more about a few other factors that Loma Linda residents may have in common? These factors have nothing to do with religion. It would be interesting to run Loma Linda's data through the U Penn statistical model and compare outcomes.
Rick September 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Amanda, It isn't just Loma Linda residents that live longer but Adventists in California and across the country. Per wiki According to the first major study of Adventists begun in 1960, has become known as the Adventist Mortality Study. Consisting of 22,940 California Adventists, it entailed an intensive 5-year follow-up and a more informal 25-year follow-up. "...[The] Adventist Mortality Study (1960–1965) did indicate that Adventist men lived 6.2 years longer than non-Adventist men in the concurrent American Cancer Society Study and Adventist women had a 3.7-year advantage over their counterparts. These statistics were based on life table analyses. According to Adventist Health Study 1 (AHS-1) An additional study (1974–1988) involved approximately 34,000 Californian Adventists over 25 years of age. Unlike the mortality study, the purpose was to find out which components of the Adventist lifestyle give protection against disease. The data from the study have been studied for more than a decade and the findings are numerous – linking diet to cancer[5] and coronary heart disease.[6][7] Specifically[4] On average Adventist men live 7.3 years longer and Adventist women live 4.4 years longer than other Californians.
Rick September 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Seventh-day Adventists have been promoting a vegetarian diet for well over one hundred years so it is part of the denominational belief system in terms of treating our bodies as the temple of God. In addition according to an ongoing Adventist study, Individuals who engaged in secular activities on Sabbath had poorer reported physical health. Those who said Sabbath relieved tensions and promoted feelings of calm and peace reported better mental health.

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