Anti-Aging Zone

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Ask yourself these life-changing questions:

  • Why am I aging?
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Overview

Ask yourself these life-changing questions:

  • Why am I aging?
  • Is it too late to reverse aging?
  • What type of diet will increase my sexual energy and desire?
  • What is my biological Internet?
  • How do my hormones control aging?
  • Can I make my hormones communicate more effectively?
  • Do high-carbohydrate diets accelerate aging?
  • How does stress reduce brain longevity?
  • What are passing grades on my Anti-Aging Report Card?

Begin you Anti-Aging lifestyle today!

The Anti-Aging Zone includes:

  • A week of Anti-Aging Zone meals for males and females
  • Anti-Aging Zone meals for the business traveler
  • Anti-Aging Zone meals in fast-food restaurants
  • A simple, at-home Anti-Aging Zone exercise program.

"...a revolutionary plan to live longer, restore strength and stamina, improve sexual performance, revitalize mental function, decrease the risk of heart disease, and more."

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Eades
A hard-hitting book showing the enormous. but often overlooked. effect of the food we all eat on the aging process. A must-read.
Christiane Northrup
Contains a wealth of easily accessible and practical information that will help anyone stay youthful and vigorous for their entire lives.
Michael J. Norden
Brilliant and compelling ... one of those rarest of books that can truly change your life. Following this program may well be the most important thing you will ever do for your health.
Library Journal
First came Sears's blockbuster, The Zone, which looked at how foods affect us hormonally. Now Sears uses that information to help block the aging process.
From the Publisher
Dr. Sears revolutionized the field of diet and nutrition with The Zone, the landmark book that first looked at food from a hormonal perspective, rather than simply as a source of calories. Food, Sears revealed, is the most powerful drug known to man. Now, he takes his cutting-edge hormonal control technology to the next level, showing how it is clinically possible to actually reverse the aging process within six weeks -- simply by altering one's diet.

Dr. Sears explains how the human body is a highly complex internet controlled by an array of hormones that regulate the aging process. By using the Zone diet, we can control those hormones. The benefits of being in the Anti-Aging Zone are the very benefits of youth: improved appearance, disease resistance, and increases in sex drives, vitality, and energy. With millions of "boomers" approaching late middle age, the timing could not be better for Dr. Sears's anti-aging revolution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060933050
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Barry Sears is recognized as one of the world's leading medical researchers on the hormonal effects of food. He is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller The Zone as well as Mastering the Zone, Zone-Perfect Meals in Minutes, Zone Food Blocks, A Week in the Zone, The Age-Free Zone, The Top 100 Zone Foods, The Soy Zone, The Omega Rx Zone, Zone Meals in Seconds, and What to Eat in the Zone. His books have sold more than five million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in forty countries. He continues his research on the inflammatory process as the president of the nonprofit Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The father of two grown daughters, he lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts, with his wife, Lynn.

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The Quest: Longer Life Or Better Life?

From the beginning of written history, man's quest for a longer life, if not immortality, has been a constant theme. In fact a longer life might have seemed like immortality for early man since the average life span through Roman times was about 22 years of age.

Some of the earliest recorded anti-aging literature came from the Egyptian papyrus, "Book for Transforming an Old Man into a Youth of Twenty." Written nearly 2,600 years ago, it promised to reverse the aging process, not to achieve longer life. Throughout Greek and Roman literature there are continued references to magic elixirs for living longer and, often equally important, improved sexual potency. The idea of immortality was something only to be found among the pantheon of the Greek and Roman gods.

While ancient Western thought viewed death as an inevitable process to make way for the next generation, ancient Eastern philosophy embraced the balance of opposing forces as the road to immortality. Yet both ancient Western and Eastern literature suggest that if one could only eat the food of the gods, immortality might be ensured. As we approach the new millennium, we now realize that the ancients had the essence of truth in their quest. While no one can ever become immortal, we can use food to balance powerful forces within our bodies to slow, if not reverse, the process we call aging. This food is not the property of the gods. It is in your own kitchen.

Anti-aging is not just a matter of simply living longer, but also living better. I personally don't want to reach the age of 120 if I am enfeebled and need constant assistance to take care ofmyself. I'd much rather live to a more modest age and enjoy a better quality of life. In essence, you want to maintain functionality (being able to take care of yourself) as long as possible before death. Although life expectancy was much shorter in the past, functionality was usually maintained until death. Today we have a greater life expectancy than at any time in history, but much of our extended time on earth includes a greater number of years of declining function before death. The concept of a slow death in a nursing home surrounded by nonfunctional people is a frightening picture. The baby boomers have seen this new face of aging and, frankly, they are scared. It is not a fear of death but a fear of declining physical and mental function.

A good way of describing anti-aging is that it is the process of dissociating biological age from chronological age. Chronological age is easy. Just count your birthdays. Biological age is a little more complex. Determining the biological changes (and therefore your functionality) that take place during aging has been one of the primary research areas of gerontology (the study of aging) over the past 30 years. During this time period, a number of biological markers of aging have been identified for humans. A true biological marker of aging must be universal. You can't call cancer a marker of aging since not everyone who ages gets cancer. On the other hand, loss of muscle mass in both males and females seems to be a universal marker. Reversing the biological markers of aging is the true goal of any successful anti-aging program.

By reversing these biological markers, your body can once more appear years younger even though it's not. Furthermore, you will maintain physical and mental performance at levels that you were accustomed to at an earlier stage in life. These biological markers provide you with a scientific starting point that can indicate whether or not your anti-aging program is actually working. After all, anti-aging is a science, not an art form. These biological markers of aging are ultimately governed by hormonal changes that take place as you age. Therefore the key to reversing aging is our ability to alter our hormones.

The first scientific evidence that the aging process could be reversed by hormonal modulation appeared in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The beginning of this new age began when Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard, a member of the French Academy, reported that self-injections of ground-up animal testicles reversed the aging process with a corresponding increase in his sexual potency. Needless to say, his discovery was greeted with great enthusiasm. Nor could he be accused of being a snake-oil salesman because he gave his new youth elixir to other physicians at no charge with the provision that they not charge their patients. Unfortunately, Brown-Séquard's research was also met with great derision throughout Europe because his results couldn't be replicated by others. Yet a century later we couldn't be replicated by others. Yet a century later we now understand that he had indeed crossed the barrier and discovered that anti-aging was possible through hormonal modulation. In fact, aging revolves around hormones. The right balance of hormones will slow the aging process; the wrong balance will accelerate it. It's not necessarily the lack of certain hormones that is the fundamental cause of aging, but really how hormones lose their ability to communicate with each other to maintain equilibrium. The goal of this book is to present a new anti-aging manifesto: how to use your diet to improve hormonal communication and therefore reverse aging.

And more important for you is the fact that many of these biological markers can be reversed by the most powerful anti-aging drug readily available to everyone. What's the name of this drug? It's food, assuming you are willing to treat food with the same respect that you would treat any prescription drug. Food is a powerful "drug" because it alters hormonal responses. Used properly, food can improve hormonal communication. If you can achieve that goal, you will begin to reverse the aging process. On the other hand, the improper use of food can speed the aging process. Essentially, after each meal you want to ask yourself the question: "Did I reverse the aging process or did I accelerate it?"

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Introduction

It's time to give up our search for the fountain of youth! With The Anti-Aging Zone, Barry Sears, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Zone, shows us that the power to stay young and healthy is within each of us and gives us all of the tips we need to slow down the natural aging process. Basing his conclusions on Nobel-winning research over the past 30 years, Sears contends that hormonally, we are only as good as our last meal. Food can be the medicine that keeps us young, healthy, and vital -- or it can be the cause of deterioration of the body and mind.
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Barry Sears

Q: What inspired you to write The Anti-Aging Zone?

A: My research for the past 17 years has always been focused on developing new treatments for heart disease and Type II diabetes, two conditions characterized by excess insulin levels. It became apparent that these individuals, especially Type II diabetics, appear to age more rapidly than their nondiabetic counterparts. They have greater incidence of heart attacks, strokes, impotence, kidney failure, and blindness and are likely to die five to ten years earlier than nondiabetics.

As we began to observe the health benefits these individuals derived by adhering to the Zone lifestyle program, it became evident that we were developing a revolutionary new approach at how we look at aging, and had clinical proof that we had a program that actually reverses the aging process. Understanding aging from this hormonal perspective is something I felt compelled to share with a broader audience, which is why I wrote this book.

Q: Before we get into details of the program, how do you define "aging"?

A: "Aging" is usually defined as the increasing deterioration of the body with the increased likelihood of dying. However, a better definition is the increasing miscommunication between your hormones as you age.

Q: Why is the hormonal communications system so important?

A: In many ways, your body is a vast biological Internet. Each of your 60 trillion cells maintains contact with each other by using hormones as its internal communication system. Any disruption of that biological Internet will accelerate aging. For example, if your immune system fails to communicate with your central nervous system to produce more infection-fighting white cells, your likelihood of suffering from disease would increase, and a decreased response to disease is one hallmark of aging.

Likewise, the restoration of hormonal communication will reverse aging. If your immune and central nervous systems are communicating effectively, your resistance to disease is optimized.

The good news is that at any age and regardless of your genetics, you can improve the efficiency of your hormonal communication system. The techniques described in The Anti-Aging Zone show how to restore this hormonal communication.

Q: What does Type II diabetes have in common with aging in nondiabetics? A: One of the hallmarks of aging in everyone is increased insulin levels. This increase in insulin levels is, in fact, the most important factor in accelerating the aging process as you grow older. While not as extreme as levels noted in Type II diabetics, the impact of these increased insulin levels is the same for diabetics and nondiabetics alike.

Q: Does this explain why people appear to have increasing problems with weight as they age? A: Yes. As I mentioned before, the most important factor in accelerating the aging process is the increase in insulin levels that occurs as you grow older. Excess insulin disrupts hormonal communication by negatively affecting a wide number of other hormonal systems, including the maintenance of normal blood-sugar levels and controlling the fat storage. The first signs of increased insulin production are carbohydrate cravings and the accumulation of excess body fat. By controlling insulin using the lifestyle program described in The Anti-Aging Zone, carbohydrate cravings and obesity disappear, while other hormonal systems begin to work more effectively, as they did at an earlier stage in your life.

Q: Besides insulin, what other factors contribute to aging? A: Two other important factors in aging are excess cortisol and excess free radicals. Cortisol is a hormone produced during stress and in response to poor regulation of blood-sugar levels. Excess cortisol damages the immune system, causes the loss of memory, and accelerates osteoporosis. Although the body requires some free radicals for life-sustaining reactions, any excess production of free radicals is a powerful accelerator of aging because of the damage free radicals can afflict on your DNA. The Anti-Aging Zone describes in detail how to keep both cortisol and free radicals within a proper critical zone for optimal health and to reverse aging.

Check out what Barry Sears had to say the last time he chatted with barnesandnoble.com.

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