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Real Age

Are You As Young As You Can Be?

by Michael F. Roizen M.D.

Real Age
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    Feb 1999, 335 pages

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Offers a revolutionary program that calculates the aging effect of different health behaviors ranging from diet and medication to stress control and chronic smoking, and enables you to assess your own biological age.

Remember your high school reunion? Even though everyone was the same chronological age, people no longer looked the same. Some stayed young and exuberant, whereas others looked as if they had aged ten years more than everyone else. Did you know that:

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

RealAge offers a revolutionary program that calculates the aging effect of 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, and it's easier than you think. The RealAge program is based on cutting-edge scientific research. Dr. Michael F. Roizen and his team have pored over 25,000 medical studies, evaluating what they tell us about aging and the prevention of aging.

Getting Younger-- Just the Facts
It's Easier Than You Think

As a doctor, I have often felt I was fighting an uphill battle. My job is to cure people after they are already sick. But preventing illness in the first place is always the best cure. Practicing my specialty of cardiovascular anesthesiology has meant that I have spent much of my working life with patients who are among the sickest of the sick, people who need bypass surgery or emergency operations to fix potentially fatal aneurysms. After spending so much time in the operating room with patients who were so severely sick, I was frustrated by not being able to do more for them. I was grateful that I really could save lives, but at the same time, I was mad as heck. So many of these patients were sick because they had mistreated their bodies over time. Moreover, every single one of them knew better. They knew that they should exercise more, eat healthier foods, and take care of themselves, but they just weren't doing it. ...

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Author Blurb Section Chief Division of Cardio Anesthesiology, Texas Heart Institute ---Arthur S. Keats, M.D.
I like the RealAge concept for what it might do for motivation...the integration of risks and switch to the positive might make prevention more palatable.

Author Blurb Paul G. Barash
Dr. Mike Roizen champions the use of Real Age to encourage each of us to make decisions on our health needs based on the best available scientific evidence...each patient can weigh the benefits to their own well-being and develop a course of action that best suits their lifestyle.

Author Blurb E.M. Papper
The book will be a major contribution to the public health of all countries whose people read it.

Author Blurb J.G. Reeves
Real Age Are You as Young as You Could Be is a welcome 'how to' guide to doing what we all want, live longer and more healthy lives.

Author Blurb Associate Dean, University of California San Francisco ---W. William K. Hamilton, M.D.
This is a different method --- based on some real science...the program's characteristics provide improved communication to an increasing number of people...I am only sorry that it comes at this late date when so many opportunities to delay my aging have passed me by.

Author Blurb Arthur S. Keats
I like the Real Age concept for what it might do for motivation...the integration of risks and switch to the positive might make prevention more palatable.

Author Blurb Attending Anesthesiologist, Yale-New Haven Hospital ---Paul G. Barash, M.D.
Dr. Mike Roizen champions the use of RealAge to encourage each of us to make decisions on our health needs based on the best available scientific evidence...each patient can weigh the benefits to their own well-being and develop a course of action that best suits their lifestyle.

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