The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time

The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time

by Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bark


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The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bark

Cameron Diaz follows up her #1 New York Times bestseller, The Body Book, with a personal, practical, and authoritative guide that examines the art and science of growing older and offers concrete steps women can take to create abundant health and resilience as they age.

Cameron Diaz wrote The Body Book to help educate young women about how their bodies function, empowering them to make better-informed choices about their health and encouraging them to look beyond the latest health trends to understand their bodies at the cellular level. She interviewed doctors, scientists, nutritionists, and a host of other experts, and shared what she’d learned—and what she wished she’d known twenty years earlier.

Now Cameron continues the journey she began, opening a conversation with her peers on an essential topic that that for too long has been taboo in our society: the aging female body. In The Longevity Book, she shares the latest scientific research on how and why we age, synthesizing insights from top medical experts and with her own thoughts, opinions, and experiences.

The Longevity Book explores what history, biology, neuroscience, and the women’s health movement can teach us about maintaining optimal health as we transition from our thirties to midlife. From understanding how growing older impacts various bodily systems to the biological differences in the way aging effects men and women; the latest science on telomeres and slowing the rate of cognitive decline to how meditation heals us and why love, friendship, and laughter matter for health, The Longevity Book offers an all-encompassing, holistic look at how the female body ages—and what we can all do to age better.

Without sugarcoating the hard facts—a sixty-year-old body is different than a thirty-five-year-old body, no matter how much yoga you do—or romanticizing the upside—wisdom comes with age, if you live your life wisely—Cameron offers women a compassionate, informative, and intimate tour through the next stage of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062375193
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 185,345
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Cameron Diaz has been telling stories as a film actor for more than two decades. She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Body Book and an excellent cook. She supports numerous causes that advocate environmental concerns, education, and the empowerment of women and girls. Cameron lives with her husband and assorted animals in Los Angeles.

Sandra Bark is a New York Times bestselling author who collaborates with smart, passionate people to turn ideas into books. Learn more about her work at

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Part I The Scenic Route: Living in the Age of Longevity

1 Beauty Is Timeless, Wisdom Is Priceless: What We Talk about When We Talk about Aging 11

2 How Your Life Got Longer: The Story of Longevity 22

3 The New Science of Getting Old: How Aging is Studied Today 36

4 Sex, Drugs, and Bikini Medicine: How Being Female Affects Your Health and Your Healthcare 44

Part II Steep Grades, Sharp Curves: The Biology of Aging

5 Time is Relative: The Biological Impact of Genes, Choices, and Attitudes 61

6 The Mirror and the Microscope: The Secrets of Cellular Aging, Revealed 73

7 Shape-Shifter: How the Female Body Changes Through Time 89

8 The Case of the Hot Flashes: investigating the Mysteries of the Menopause Transition 110

Part III You Are Here: The Art and Science of Living Longer

9 Brick House: Building a Stronger Body with Food, Fitness, and Rest 131

10 Chill Out: Support Your Immune System by Managing Stress 159

11 How to Program Your Supercomputer: Building a Stronger Brain 177

12 Love Big: Celebrating the Joys of Connection 196

Conclusion 207


"A Chorus of Cells" Peggy Freydburg 210

Acknowledgments 212

Notes 216

Index 245

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of us, Cameron Diaz is getting older. When she turned 40, she discovered that by Hollywood standards she's over-the-hill. Moreover, she learned that back in 1850, the average life expectancy of a woman was only 40 years. These realizations inspired her to take an in-depth look at aging, including the science, biology, and history behind why and how we age. She interviewed prominent doctors, scientists and aging specialists to ascertain the latest research into how the body ages. In this fascinating book, Cameron shares with us what she’s learned from these experts and how we can apply this to our lives. In the first half, Cameron explores such topics as the silver tsunami, geroscience, the biological differences between how men and women age, aging on a cellular level, and menopause. These topics are covered in great detail, and she includes figures, diagrams and illustrations equivalent to what you would find in a textbook. The second half covers how to slow down aging and even prolong your life, including recommendations on what to eat, how to manage stress and how to strengthen and support your brain. As a physician, I found her research fascinating and her recommendations on-the-mark. I would recommend this to all of my female patients who want to gain a clear understanding of what they can do to maintain vitality throughout their later years. A great companion to this book is Dr. Anthony Youn's "The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger." While Cameron's book gives great lifestyle guidelines for slowing down aging, Dr. Youn's new book (he's a plastic surgeon) tops that information off with practical tips & treatments to look younger. The two books combine to give the reader a master's course in anti-aging. Kudos to Cameron for writing a book of substance, above-and-beyond all of the vapid celebrity tomes. This one will improve people’s lives and help them live longer and healthier.
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