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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.
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.
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 morePublished on Jan. 30 2004
"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 morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by nemoistic
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 morePublished on Sept. 23 2001 by "simplymellen"
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 morePublished on July 7 2001 by Richard Danchik
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 morePublished on April 1 2000 by Richard Danchik
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 morePublished on Feb. 11 2000 by "k-roach"
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
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 morePublished on Dec 15 1999 by a reader
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 morePublished on Dec 10 1999 by The Godfather