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Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be? Hardcover – Large Print, Jan 1999

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; Lrg edition (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568957912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568957913
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 18.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,776,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on July 13 1999
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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By B. Roberts on 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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By A Customer on April 4 1999
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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By A Customer on April 1 1999
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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