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Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be? [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Michael F. Roizen , Mary Jo Putney , Elizabeth Anne Stephenson
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January 1999 1568957912 978-1568957913 Lrg
What is aging? Aging is not a mysterious metaphysical phenomenon. Aging happens in the particulars. Your arteries become clogged. Your arthritis flares up. Age is not just a chronological measurement; it's the rate at which the primary internal guardians of health--your cardiovascular and immune systems--decline.

While your chronological age is fixed, your biological age may be years older--or younger--depending on a combination of factors. RealAge offers a revolutionary, systematic program that calculates the aging effect of more than 100 different health behaviors--ranging from diet and medication to stress control and chronic smoking--and enables you to assess your own biological age. Most important, it shows you how to design a specific path to improving or reversing your own aging trajectory.

Developed by Dr. Michael F. Roizen, chair of anesthesia and critical care at the University of Chicago and preventive gerontologist, along with four other scientists, the RealAge program is based on cutting-edge scientific research. Dr. Roizen and his team have pored over 25,000 medical studies, evaluating what they tell us about aging and what they tell us about the prevention of aging. In RealAge, they present the complete results of their analysis for the first time.

Each chapter covers a broad health topic--for example, how the right vitamins and supplements, exercise, or diet can be used to control how your genes affect you--and calculates the RealAge advantage you will gain by adopting a specific behavior. Charts, fact sheets, and tests give you specific choices to make and describe benefits to be gained so you can measure your success.

Suggested behavior changes are rated in order of difficulty so you can decide whether the result is worth the effort.

Ultimately, this program is about maintaining your health. The better condition you are in, the better prepared you will be to fight the factors that age you. RealAge demonstrates that you can have more control over the aging process. It makes science simple and its promise is irresistible: You may live as young at seventy as you did at forty-four.

Remeber your high school reunion?

Even though everyone was the same chronological age, people no longer looked the same. Some wore the years well, staying young and exuberant despite the passage of time, whereas others looked as if they had aged ten years more than everyone else--and probably had.

Did you know that:

Financial stress can make your RealAge two to thirty-two years older?

The difference between having the ideal blood pressure 115/76--and high blood pressure--higher than 140/90--can make a RealAge difference of more than twenty years?

A tablet of aspirin a day can make your RealAge 1.9 years younger?

Flossing daily and seeing a dentist and dental hygienist every six months can make your RealAge 6.4 years younger?

In RealAge you will discover many other easy-to-institute Age Reduction Strategies that will enable you to live longer and younger.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Your biological age may be a lot different from your chronological age--for better or worse. Dr. Michael Roizen, a preventive gerontologist at the University of Chicago who appears perennially in the "1,000 Best Doctors in the U.S." listings, says that with the help of his RealAge program, you can reduce your biological age by up to 20 years.

He's compiled a list of 100 health-related factors, among them tobacco and alcohol use, diet, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, your parents' health, even pet ownership and the highest educational level completed by your spouse, and worked all these into a quiz to determine your "real age." If you've taken your health for granted, be prepared for a shock. He then explains how to follow a personalized age-reduction plan using a range of methods, from quick fixes (use a helmet while bicycling), to moderately easy changes (avoid sun and radon exposure), all the way to the most difficult changes (reduce the stress in your life). Emotional issues are given as much attention as physical ones; Roizen says, for example, that seeing a psychologist to help work through serious personal problems can reduce your chronological age by 8 to 16 years alone.

RealAge may appeal to Fountain of Youth seekers, but will be especially useful for folks who are out of shape and too overwhelmed to start a fitness plan, and for those who are understandably confused by the wealth of contradictory health reports in the news. Dr. Roizen has done an excellent job of organizing and explaining essential health information, from defining health concepts such as blood pressure (and explaining how to lower it) to distilling facts about diet, supplements, and herbs. Far from faddish, RealAge clearly presents only advice that's been proven effective in clinical trials. This is preventive medicine at its best. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could be dangerous to your health July 13 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
At best, this book just rehashes common-sense recommendations for taking care of yourself -- wear your seat belt, quit smoking, exercise regularly, and don't eat a lot of junk food -- so it's relatively innocuous. But, where weight is concerned, I feel that he's perpetuating stereotypes that could be detrimental to one's general health. He toes the party line -- above-average weight is bad, losing weight is good -- and his RealAge quiz attaches a disproportionately large penalty to a high BMI (try taking the RealAge quiz on his web site twice, changing nothing but the weight you report, and you'll see what I mean). The facts of the matter are that dieting doesn't work and usually makes you fatter, and that a fat person who exercises, eats a balanced diet, and otherwise takes good care of him/herself can be just as healthy as a thin person. I'm afraid that this book (like so many others on the market) will discourage fat people: they'll figure "I'm too fat, so why even bother?", rather than making the moderate lifestyle changes that would optimize their health and fitness, so the overall effects of the book will be negative. (I come from a long line of farm wives who, by modern standards, were "morbidly obese," but who led active lives, ate well, and survived into their 80's and 90's in vigorous good health -- so I'm doing my best to emulate them!)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Old whine, new bottle April 21 1999
Format:Hardcover
RealAge is a thoroughly traditional (read: stale) message dressed up with an oddly capitalized new word. The sections on weight loss and cholesterol are particularly disappointing.
In the area of weight loss, Roizen's message could not be more conventional. Like countless previous diet book authors, Roizen wants to believe that the health and longevity of lean folks who have never been fat is a health and longevity tied strictly to weight: achieve and sustain that weight and you will automatically be healthy and long-lived. Unfortunately, this is not an outcome which has ever been demonstrated in a clinical trial. At best, losing weight produces no effect on longevity and at worst it appears to shorten the lives of those who attempt it.
In the area of cholesterol, Roizen is all for micromanaging it through any means possible. Diet and exercise for starters and drugs if necessary. Completely unmentioned is the ability of a single annual donation of blood to do a much better job of risk reduction. Statin drugs can prevent only about three out of every ten coronary events. And each prevented event comes at a cost of roughly half a million dollars. Blood donation prevents better than nine out of ten coronary events. And does it for free, does it without side effects and does it while providing a social benefit.
RealAge is a book for people who need to believe that they are doing everything humanly possible to improve their health and extend their lives. Dr. John Cocker, a long-time general practitioner, bluntly sums up this understandable desire:
"We have little control over our health. Apart from stopping smoking, wearing seat belts and avoiding high-risk sexual activity, there's not much we can do to improve our health.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STOP THINKING TRADITIONALLY ABOUT AGE! April 4 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I had fun taking the test, more fun finding out that I am six years younger than my chronological age, and even more fun telling people that! However, I already know that having a healthy life style, exercising, eating well, relieving stress and a great marriage are all things that keep me feeling and looking younger. I found the rest of the book a little disappointing, because each chapter repeats, although in much more detail, the items on the test. This is a good book for someone who wants a general overview of things to do to be healthy and problems that an unhealthy life style can cause. Practicing what Dr. Roizen suggests takes time, you may need more detail and want to review what you should do with your own advisors. I also suggest you read another new book that will help you understand why it is difficult for some people to change their life habits, called THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION, by Mitchell, Coles and Metz. The first half of the book talks about our bad habits or "stalls", like THE TRADITION STALL (I grew up on lasagna or chicken soup and matzoh balls, or bread and butter - and I like those foods) or The Misconception Stall (I don't have time to exercise or meditate, when you will find that if you do, you begin to do things so much better, you have created the time). The second half shares eight steps to make progress at 20 times the usual rate. If you read REAL AGE and THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION together, you will develop ideas to get "younger and better" faster!
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5.0 out of 5 stars HERE'S TO THE GOOD LIFE! April 1 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book because it told me that my habits are making me younger than my years. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that some habits that many consider not to be helpful can be good for you, such as having a couple of glasses of wine a day (for men, one for women). Like LOVE AND SURVIVAL, REAL AGE also points out the benefits of having great relationships (a wonderful marriage, lots of friends you see often, and even having a dog). What a nice thing it is to consider life as Dr. Roizen imagines it. I saw the big problem as getting the time to do all of these wonderful things in my very busy life. You will need the lessons of THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION (which will teach you how to get much more done in less time and with less stress) in order to fully benefit from REAL AGE. Without those lessons from THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION, I would have a much shorter, less healthy life because I would never get around to doing all the things that are good for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ignores detoxification and other things
I thought this book had some useful information when I first read it several years ago. After I read it, I stopped taking selenium supplements and decreased my daily dosage of... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great read but some worthwhile stuff
"Real Age" is a nice addition to the self-help health book market with a unique approach that draws a line between your chronological age and your "real" age. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by nemoistic
5.0 out of 5 stars REALAGE:ARE YOU AS YOUNG AS YOU CAN BE
I ORIGINALLY GOT THE BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY. I FOUND IT TO BE STRAIGHTFORWARD,EASY TO UNDERSTAND.IT WAS IN A FORM THAT CAN EASILY BE UNDERSTOOD BY JUST ABOUT EVERYONE. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2001 by "simplymellen"
3.0 out of 5 stars Caution about Mega Dosing on Vitamins
I found many interesting things in this book that is written for the masses. However, like exercising, everyone needs to decide or get a professionals opinion about what is good... Read more
Published on July 7 2001 by Richard Danchik
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAl eye opener
It was this book that opened my eyes on how well I was or wasn't taking care of myself. I was motivated after the first chapter to do things like taking aspirin, limit cell phone... Read more
Published on April 1 2000 by Richard Danchik
5.0 out of 5 stars A new paradigm
Real age takes information most people know (and some that most people don't) and puts in a framework that is easy to understand. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2000 by "k-roach"
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Go To the web site
I was pretty excited about the book, but it doesn't tell much you don't get from doing the quiz on the web site, realage.com. Save your money...
Published on Jan. 12 2000 by Jasper Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY HELPFUL
Thanks to this book I've reduced my age from 34 to 29, and have more energy than I have in years. The beauty of Roizen's program is that some of the steps are extremely easy, like... Read more
Published on Dec 15 1999 by a reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and frivilous review
Okay, this is a superficial and frivilous review. I admit it but it is possibly based on some of the same "scientific" evidence presented in this book. Read more
Published on Dec 10 1999 by The Godfather
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed the Mark
This book does a poor (if not irresponsible) job especially in the area of weight management and aging. Read more
Published on Dec 8 1999
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