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RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be?
     

RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be?

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by Michael F. Roizen
 

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Why not live at 60 feeling like you did at 35?



Thousands of Americans are younger today than
they were five years ago. How is that possible?
By following the specific recommendations that
reverse aging in Dr. Michael Roizen's bestselling
book RealAge®: Are You As Young As You Can Be?, people who were previously much

Overview

Why not live at 60 feeling like you did at 35?



Thousands of Americans are younger today than
they were five years ago. How is that possible?
By following the specific recommendations that
reverse aging in Dr. Michael Roizen's bestselling
book RealAge®: Are You As Young As You Can Be?, people who were previously much older than their chronological age have now taken up to twentynine years off their biological ages. Since that first publication, more than 10 million people have taken the RealAge® test in one form or another, and thousands of people have thanked Dr. Roizen for helping them make simple changes in their lives -- changes that have made them healthier, younger, and more vibrant.


In the last several years, Dr. Roizen and his
team have learned much more about the aging
process. The RealAge® Makeover makes sense of recent critical medical findings -- mportant new research on inflammation in your arteries, stress reduction, chronic disease management, hormone replacement therapy, and other choices you can make to keep aging at a distance. You'll also find the latest on vitamins and other supplements, which are age-reducing, which are aging, and which ones to avoid if you are taking certain medications. Roizen then offers more than seventy ways to reduce or
even prevent 80 percent of the diseases that make
you feel older. For example, coffee or the right kind of chocolate in moderate amounts can help reduce inflammation, preserving your arteries, joints, and memory. But the wrong choice can lead to needless aging and loss of energy, such as taking too much Vitamin A. And The RealAge® Makeover tells you how much (in years) each choice is worth so you can make the choices that are meaningful to you.

More potent than any statistic or finding are the personal stories interwoven throughout -- success stories from readers who followed the RealAge program, became biologically younger, and are living happier, healthier lives. With this book, readers have more opportunity than ever to turn back their biological clock to look, feel, and
actually be many years younger.


Join the RealAge® Revolution and give yourself
a RealAge® Makeover!

Editorial Reviews

Want to extend your life? Start flossing! Statistics show that people who floss daily and visit a dentist and dental hygienist every six months live almost six and a half years longer than the Unflossed. That's just one of the 44 scientifically proven steps that you can take to delay aging. Some of this vitality-prolonging advice might surprise you. Who knew, for example, that just one aspirin a day could add 1.9 years to your longevity?
Library Journal
A preventive gerontologist at the University of Chicago, Roizen distinguishes between biological and chronological age and shows you how to knock 20 years off the former.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061957727
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
517,038
File size:
5 MB

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Chapter One

Getting Younger-- Just the Facts
It's Easier Than You Think

As a doctor, I have often felt I was fighting an uphill battle. My job is to cure people after they are already sick. But preventing illness in the first place is always the best cure. Practicing my specialty of cardiovascular anesthesiology has meant that I have spent much of my working life with patients who are among the sickest of the sick, people who need bypass surgery or emergency operations to fix potentially fatal aneurysms. After spending so much time in the operating room with patients who were so severely sick, I was frustrated by not being able to do more for them. I was grateful that I really could save lives, but at the same time, I was mad as heck. So many of these patients were sick because they had mistreated their bodies over time. Moreover, every single one of them knew better. They knew that they should exercise more, eat healthier foods, and take care of themselves, but they just weren't doing it. That seemed to me a true tragedy, not to mention a national health care crisis. Why were so many people--smart, educated, thoughtful people--not paying attention to the reports of studies that correlated good health behaviors with long, healthy lives? It would have been easy to blame it on the patients. But it wasn't their fault. Clearly, the medical community was failing to communicate its message effectively.

In my internal medicine practice and my anesthesia preoperative clinic, I told my patients again and again how they could live healthier. I told them how they could lengthen--and strengthen--their lives and howthey could increase the quantity and the quality of their years. But the tide of patients coming into my office and into the operating room with entirely preventable illnesses did not stem. I felt as if all my talk was for nothing. Why did they persist in habits that were harmful to their health, even though they knew better? What could I do--what could all doctors do--to explain health better? Good health is an attainable goal, but my patients weren't listening.

RealAge:
The Beginning of an Idea

One day, a friend said to me, "Health is so confusing. One day the papers are telling you to do one thing, and the next day they're telling you to do the opposite. There's just so much information. I don't know what to do with it all." I empathized, but I didn't know exactly how to change things. How could people measure one alternative against another?

When another friend, Simon Z., developed a severe illness, it all came together. For some reason, stepping out of my role as a doctor and into my role as a friend made the idea flash in my head: Health is like money. It has an exchange value. Health decisions and behavioral choices that you make today are capital toward living younger tomorrow. What we were missing was a common currency for health.

Simon, who was forty-nine, was afflicted with severe arterial disease. He had a terrible circulatory problem that made it nearly impossible for him to walk more than a quarter of a block without terrible pain, and he needed a major operation. His lifelong smoking habit wasn't helping any. Even though he was relatively young, his body was in the condition of someone much older. I was afraid that he might not be my friend for much longer.

Simon was a tough cookie--and an even tougher patient. A self-made man, he had a drive and determination that was hard to match. He had worked hard for everything he had ever gotten in his life, and, with a wonderful family, good friends, and a booming career, his was an American success story. Yet he was a heart attack away from losing it all. As a doctor, I wanted to cure him. As a friend, I didn't want to lose him. For all Simon's attention to detail in his job, family, and friendships, he had overlooked the one thing that made it all possible: himself.

Telling him to quit smoking didn't work. (Quite literally, I called him every single day for years to ask him if he had quit yet. The answer was always "no.")

"Simon," I said one day when he was in for a checkup, "how old are you?"

"Mike, please," he grumbled. "You know I'm forty-nine."

"Simon, this isn't a joke," I replied. "How old are you really?"

"What are you getting at?" he said, eyeing me suspiciously.

"Did you know that all that smoking has made you older?" I asked him.

"Eight years older. Right now, you may be forty-nine. But your body is as old as someone who is fifty-seven, maybe more. For all practical purposes, your age is fifty-seven."

"I can't be fifty-seven," he said.

"Why not?" I asked.

"Because no man in my family has ever lived to the age of fifty-eight."

The message hit home. Simon quit smoking. He began exercising and eating right. He reduced his RealAge and began celebrating "year-younger" parties, rather than his usual "one-more-year-over-the-hill" birthday parties. Over time, he became younger.

Fundamental to economics is the concept of "net present value." Net present value is used by economists to determine the current value of investments that have future payoffs. The RealAge concept allows us to calculate the value of different types of health behaviors and choices. In biologic terms, the difference between your calendar age and your RealAge is a calculation of the net present value of your health behaviors; it is the estimate of what age you are physiologically when compared with the rest of the population.

What People are Saying About This

Paul G. Barash, M.D.
...Dr. Mike Roizen champions the use of RealAge to encourage each of us to make decisions on our health needs based on the best available scientific evidence...each patient can weigh the benefits to their own well-being and develop a course of action that best suits their lifestyle...
— Attending Anesthesiologist, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Paul G. Barash
...Dr. Mike Roizen champions the use of Real Age to encourage each of us to make decisions on our health needs based on the best available scientific evidence...each patient can weigh the benefits to their own well-being and develop a course of action that best suits their lifestyle...(Attending Anesthesiologist, Yale-New Haven Hospital)
E.M. Papper
..The book will be a major contribution to the public health of all countries whose people read it...
Arthur S. Keats
...I like the Real Age concept for what it might do for motivation...the intergration of risks and switch to the positive might make prevention more palatable...(Section Chief Division of Cardio Anesthesiology, Texas Heart Institute)
William K. Hamilton
...This is a different method — based on some real science...the program's characteristics provide improved communication to an increasing number of people...I am only sorry that it comes at this late date when so many opportunities to delay my aging have passed me by...(Associate Dean, University of California San Francisco)
W. William K. Hamilton, M.D.
This is a different method - based on some real science...the program's characteristics provide improved communication to an increasing number of people...I am only sorry that it comes at this late date when so many opportunities to delay my aging have passed me by...
— Associate Dean, University of California San Francisco
J.G. Reeves
...Real Age: Are You as Young as You Could Be is a welcome 'how to' guide to doing what we all want, live longer and more healthy lives...
Arthur S. Keats, M.D.
I like the RealAge concept for what it might do for motivation...the intergration of risks and switch to the positive might make prevention more palatable...
— Section Chief Division of Cardio Anesthesiology, Texas Heart Institute

Meet the Author

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is cofounder of RealAge and chair of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board. He is past chairman of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor of six medical journals. His first book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? became a New York Times #1 bestseller. He appears frequently on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, and Canada AM. He has hosted several PBS specials, and his own radio show is heard on twenty-seven satellite stations. He also writes a monthly column for Reader's Digest and he and Dr. Oz share a daily syndicated newspaper column. He is currently chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

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RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has open my eyes to the possiblities of improve not only my health but my looks as well. Detail of information on how you can truly fight the ageing process.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Sometimes I forget why I shouldn't eat certain foods, or which foods I SHOULD choose to eat! Dr. Roizen outlines some seemingly sound choices. I just finished reading this and am excited about incorporating its information into my daily routine.
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