Real Age: Are You As Young As You Can Be?

By Librarian101 ~ November 8th, 2008. Filed under: Books, Health, Personal Care.

Do you ever wonder why some people edge better than others? Do you ever wonder how some people live longer, live better than others, seemingly defying the passage of time? People who are the same calendar age are often different ages biologically. “They’ve learned how to slow the pace of aging – even reverse it.” The answer is simple, says Dr. Michael Roizen, author of the bestselling book: “Real Age: Are You As Young As You Can Be?” and Oprah guru. Roizen translates groundbreaking medical research into a series of calculations and choices that promise to reduce age-linked symptoms and diseases. He believes we can all do the same. “Only 30 per cent of aging is genetic,” he says. “The rest is determined by environmental factors and physical behaviours. Some behaviours make as older, some make us younger.” 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. In Real Age, Roizen tell us how to assess our own biological age, then outlines 44 scientifically proven steps that can help us improve or reverse our own aging trajectory.

Here are some of his top tips:

  • Take an aspirin a day. Take one 325-miligram tablet of aspirin a day if you are a man over 40 or a woman over 50. Aspirin helps keep your arteries from lipid buildup. Check with your doctor beforehand to make sure you are aspirin tolerant. Real Age Benefit: 0.9 years younger in 90 days. 1.9 years younger in 3 years.
  • Floss and brush daily. If you thought taking care of your teeth was just cosmetic, think again. Gingivitis and periodontal disease cause aging of the immune and arterial systems. Real Age Benefit: As much as 6.4 years younger.
  • Take vitamin C and E daily for their antioxidant and antiaging power. Consume food containing vitamin C three times a day. Get more than 1,200 mg a day of vitamin C in diet or suplements, spread out so that you get at least 400 mg in any 12-hour period. Consume 400 IU of vitamin E a day. Real Age Benefit: Up to 6 years younger.
  • Get enough sun, but not too much. Some sun (10 to 20 minutes every day) makes your Real Age 0.9 years younger by producing enough vitamin D. Vitamin D appears to strengthen the immune response and helps prevent certain kinds of cancers. Wearing sunscreen when you are in the sun longer than 20 minutes, avoiding tanning salons, and taking precautions to avoid excessive sun exposure help prevent aging. Real Age Benefit: 1.7 years younger.
  • Have sex. The more orgasams you have, the younger you are. The average North American has sex 58 times a year. Increasing the number to 116 through mutually monogamous and safe sex is associated with a Real Age as much as 1.6 years younger (and more sex is possibly associated with a Real Age as much as eight years younger, depending on frequency and on the individual). Real Age Benefit: 1.6 years younger.
  • Eat breakfast daily. Eating a low-fat, high nutritient breakfast gives a power start to the day and helps keep you younger than those who never eat breakfast. Real Age Benefit: 3 years younger.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Women who have one-half to one alcoholic drinks a day and man who have one or two drinks a day have a younger Real Age. People who are at risk or have a family history of alcohol abuse or addiction should not follow this step. Real Age Benefit: 1.9 years
  • Laugh a lot. Laughter is a whole-body stress reducer. It helps open lines of communication with others; reduces anxiety, tension and stress; and makes your immune system younger. Real Age Benefit: 1.7 years to 8 years younger.
  • Eat a balanced diet that is low in calories and high in nutrients. Eating a diverse diet that includes four servings of fruit, five servings of vegetables, and six servings of breads and grains a day will help keep you feeling young. Eat fish twice a week and do not eat red meat more than once a week. Real Age Benefit: 4 years younger.
  • Get a good night’s sleep regularly. Sleeping regular hours can help you stay young. That means seven hours a night for women and eight hours a night for men. Real Age Benefit: 3 years younger.
  • Own a dog and walk it. Fido owners rejoice. People who own dogs actually stay younger longer. Think of your furry friend as an exercise-promoting stress-reducer. Sorry, cat lovers, the greatest Real Age benefit of pet ownership has gone to the dogs. Real Age Benefit: 1 year younger.
  • Become a lifelong learner. I bet you never know school could make you younger! But the fact is, keeping your mind active helps keep your body young. Your mind is like a muscle: you need to exercise it. Real Age Benefit: 2.5 years younger.
  • Boost physical activity. You don’t have to run marathons to benefit from exercise. just taking a 20-minute walk every day can reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 15 to 30 percent in just 20 weeks. And it makes your Real Age one year younger. make physical activity – walking to work, taking an evening stroll or pedaling the exercise bike while watching the evening news – part of your daily life, slowly building up to a goal of expending 3,500 kcal (kilocalories) a week. Real Age Benefit: 3 to 8 years younger.
  • Manage your finances and live within your means. Rich or poor, living beyond your means can be one of the most troubling day-to-day stressors. All that worrying about money can make you old. Real Age Loss: 8 years older.
  • Patrol your own health. Seek high-quality medical care and be alert to any early warning signs of developing conditions. Do what you can to ensure that you are feeling healthy and do not ignore any indications that something is wrong. Real Age Benefit: As much as 12 years younger.
  • Lower your cholesterol. Try to keep your total cholesterol lewel below 240 milligrams per deciliter and aim to have your HDL (“healthy”) cholesterol level at 40 mg/dl or above. Real Age Benefit: 3.7 years younger.
  • Build social networks. Having a network of close friends and/or family members can help you prevent aging from excessive stress. Real Age benefit: 2 to 30 years younger.
  • Stop smoking. No surprises: smoking makes you get olf fast. Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day makes you over eight years older than a nonsmoker. Cessation of smoking makes you one year younger in two months and seven years younger in five years. Real Age loss: 8 years older for smoker. Real Age benefit: If you quit, you regain 7 of the 8 years you lost from smoking.
  • Maintain a constant desirable weight. Most of us could shed a few pounds but losing weight and keeping it off is no easy trick. Learn how to calculate your body mass index (your weight to height ratio) and how to combine exercise and healthy eating habits to produce sensible, gradual weight loss. Avoid yo-yo dieting, because rapid gains and losses also cause aging. Real Age benefit: 6 years younger.

Check with your physician before adopting any step from his bestselling book.

CLICK HERE to find more books by Dr. Michael Roizen.

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