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Aging is inevitable. But as we all know, some people age much better than others do, avoiding many of the complications of getting older that range from harmless signs like wrinkles to life-threatening problems like heart disease. What's their secret? There's no one magic bullet when it comes to turning back the clock on aging, but by taking advantage of medical advances and the most up-to-date research on the effects of diet and lifestyle, its possible to significantly increase your chances of a long, healthy, and energetic later life. In Live Now, Age Later, professor of medicine Isadore Rosenfeld pulls together the complete information on the latest medical breakthroughs to offer advice on delaying, preventing, and treating the signs of aging, from appearance to energy levels to ailments like stroke, cancer, and heart disease.
Rosenfeld, the bestselling author of books on health including Doctor, What Should I Eat?, distills his advice into easy-to-follow steps. In chapters covering the major problems associated with aging — including Alzheimer's disease, cancer, depression, blindness, hearing loss, impotence, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, menopause, aging skin, prostate enlargement, and stroke — Rosenfeld presents a brief description of the causes and symptoms of each condition, then offers a complete rundown of everything you need to know to reduce your chances of being affected. In the chapter on cancer, for instance, Rosenfeld emphasizes alcohol abuse and tobacco use as two key factors that greatly increase cancer risk, then simplifiestheconfusing and conflicting advice on diet, supplements, and nutrition to explain what's worth doing and what's not. He also covers environmental risk factors, offers information on specific exams and how often to have them, and discusses symptoms and treatment of common types of cancer. In the chapter on aging skin, he offers advice on prevention (sun, smoking, and stress do the most damage) and then gives the straight story on cosmetic moisturizers, products like Retin-A and AHA, and procedures like chemical peels. Each chapter concludes with as short section called "What to Remember About...," in which the major points are encapsulated in a list of five to ten items.
Live Now, Age Later presents a clear and easy-to-understand picture of what you can do to slow down the aging process. The answers aren't always simple — estrogen replacement therapy, for instance, protects the heart and bones but increases the risk of certain cancers — but Rosenfeld lays out the most up-to-date and reliable information in a way that cuts down on confusion and contradiction. A great place to start to learn how to turn back the clock on aging.