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Beyond the 120 Year Diet: How to Double Your Vital Years

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According to Dr. Roy Walford, there's no need for plastic surgery or obsessive exercising to escape the effects of time. He argues that longevity can be significantly increased by a diet that contains all the required nutrients but about a third fewer calories. In this completely revised edition of The 120 Year Diet, Dr. Walford explains - and backs up his explanation with laboratory evidence - why he believes that the anti-aging diet can preserve one's vital, productive years and extend the human life span to ...

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Overview

According to Dr. Roy Walford, there's no need for plastic surgery or obsessive exercising to escape the effects of time. He argues that longevity can be significantly increased by a diet that contains all the required nutrients but about a third fewer calories. In this completely revised edition of The 120 Year Diet, Dr. Walford explains - and backs up his explanation with laboratory evidence - why he believes that the anti-aging diet can preserve one's vital, productive years and extend the human life span to well beyond its present maximum. A perfect companion to the author's The Anti-Aging Plan, this book also includes 20 days of varied high-nutrition menus that contain fewer than 1,500 calories a day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568581576
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 808,226
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi
Chapter 1 Better Health and Greater Longevity 1
Let's Get Oriented 1
Proof and Probability 3
Principles of the CRON Diet 5
Interacting with Your Chosen Physician 7
Average and Maximum Life Spans 9
Questions and Answers 11
The Nature of Evidence 22
Chapter 2 Gauging Aging and Measuring Success: What is Your Biologic Age? Is the Cron Diet Working For You? 27
The Concept of Biomarkers 27
The Biomarkers of Aging 28
Tests You Can Do on Yourself 33
Tests Your Doctor Can Do or Arrange to Have Done 35
When and How Often to Get the Biomarker Tests Done 41
The Biomarkers of Success 43
Chapter 3 Scientific Background of the CRON Diet: the Animal Evidence 45
Introduction to Evidence 45
Effects of the CRON Diet on Life Span 47
Effect of the CRON Diet on Disease 51
Cancer 51
Diseases of the Heart, Blood Vesels, and Kidneys 52
Other Age-Related Diseases 52
Effects of the CRON Diet on Biomarkers 54
The CRON Diet and Brain Function 55
The Monkey Experiments 56
How does the CRON Diet Work? 57
Summary 59
Chapter 4 The CRON Diet for Humans: First Principles 61
Parameters of the CRON Diet for Humans 61
Reaching for Maximum Metabolic Efficiency 64
The Concept of Nutrient Density 66
The Parable of Ross's Rats 68
Nutrient-Dense Food Combinations 70
When to Go on the Diet 75
How to Lose Weight 77
Fasting 82
Appetite and Its Control 83
Will It Work? 85
Translatability 85
Direct Evidence 87
The Okinawan Experience 88
Dr. Vallejo's Experiment 89
Two Venerable Gentlemen 89
Summary 90
Chapter 5 Prevent What is Going to Kill You 91
Aging without Sickness 91
The Average American Diet: Quantity without Quality 94
The Scale of Obesity 97
Body Weight and Overall Mortality 100
Diet and the Killer Diseases 102
Arteriosclerosis and Heart Disease 104
"The Big C" 117
Hypertension and Stroke 122
Aretaeus of Cappadocia Named It Diabetes 127
Osteoporosis 131
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease 134
A Lesson from Biosphere 2 134
Chapter 6 The Complex Philosophy of Supplementation 139
Introduction 139
Criteria for Looking 140
Where Is the 45-Month-Old Mouse? 143
Fundamental Difference Between Preventing Disease and Retarding Aging 143
Let's Look at the Faddists and Commercializers 146
And Now for the Establishment Prejudices 146
The Recommended Daily Allowances 150
The Seventh Criterion 152
The Classes of Supplements 153
Antioxidants 153
Phytochemicals 158
Hormones and Hormone Replacement Therapy 158
Fatty Acids 161
Drugs as Supplements 161
Summary and Conclusions 161
Chapter 7 Practical Supplementation 163
Introduction 163
Vegetables and Fruits and Other Foods 168
Antioxidants 170
Vitamin E 170
Vitamin C 172
Lipoic Acid 175
Phytochemicals 175
Flavonoids 175
Phytoestrogens 177
Isothiocyanates 178
Diallylsulfides 178
The Chemicals of Tea 178
Carotenes 179
Selenium 183
B-Vitamins: B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), Folacin, and B12 187
CoQ10 190
Carnitine and Acetyl-L-Carnitine 191
Fatty Acids: the N-6s (Omega-6s) and the N-3s (Omega-3s) 192
SAMe 194
Hormones: Growth Hormone, DHEA, Melatonin 194
Conclusion 196
Chapter 8 Exercise, Stretching, and the Maladies of Wear and Tear 197
Introduction 197
Exercise 197
Animal Studies 198
Human Population Studies 200
Effect of Exercise on Actual Disease Incidence and Longevity 202
The Interplay between Diet and Exercise 203
Recommendations for Exercise 204
Stretching 205
The Maladies of Wear and Tear 212
Conclusion 213
Chapter 9 The Whole Program 215
Introduction 215
Step 1 Change of Food Habits 219
Step 2 General Health Measures 222
Find a Doctor Sympathetic to Life Extension 224
The General Status Examination 225
Body Mass Index (BMI) and Percent Body Fat 225
Step 3 Your Biomarker Program 227
Biomarkers of Aging 227
Biomarkers of Success 228
Step 4 The Dietary Program 228
How Much Weight Should You Lose? 228
What Calorie Level to Settle on 230
Amounts of Protein, Fat, Cholesterol, Carbohydrate, and Fiber 231
Food Types to Favor 233
Daily Menus the Easy Way 239
When Eating Out, Dine 241
Supplementation 243
Exercise 246
Chapter 10 Foods and Tips for a CRON-Diet Cuisine 249
Introduction 249
Stocking the Larder 251
Equipment 252
Nutrient-Dense Menus 253
Dressings 257
Sauces 259
Broths 261
Bites and Tidbits 262
Appendix A Food Combinations and Tasty Menus for the Healthiest 14 Days of Your Life 291
Appendix B Nutritive Values of the Best Foods 337
Readings and Resources 381
References and Notes 387
Index 417
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