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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What is the single most important thing someone can do to combat aging?

Q&A—Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz

1. What is the single most important thing someone can do to combat aging?
To understand that you get to control your rate of aging if you want to. It isn't that hard and doesn't take that long. In fact, even if you have had burgers for breakfast or fried your brain cells with stress by noon, you're not necessarily destined to wear husky pants, forget birthdays, and spiral into a state of complete upheaval. That's right: You get a do-over in life if you want it. Repeat after us: not hard, not long.

2. Is there one food, vitamin, mineral, exercise, or lifestyle change that does more to combat aging than any other?
Our top choices in terms of ease and impact:

  • Walk 30 minutes a day and call someone after you do it. No excuses, walk every day. If you do it, you'll have the courage, health, and attitude to adopt other changes too.
  • Take 2 grams of omega-3 fats every day in form of either walnuts, fish oil, or DHA supplements.

3. What is one of the most surprising contributors to aging that we can easily remove from our lifestyles?
Inflammation of our teeth. Remove it with daily flossing and brushing and seeing a dental professional regularly. You won't just save your teeth; you'll also go a long way in saving your heart and arteries. Another? Our lack of turmeric—curry and mustard (mustard on stadium hot dogs does not qualify). Both of those ingredients make your memory better.

4. What are some of the immediate benefits you will notice from following the tips in the book?
You will feel younger. You might get hit upon by strangers or be mistaken for someone 20 years younger. In addition to the waist size you'll lose, your new attitude and vitality for life may give your reading choice away.

5. How early should most people start to focus on slowing the aging process?
The aging process starts in your teens or even before, but any time you start is better than later. (Repeat: not hard, not long.) Your cells basically have a memory of three years. So by changing your habits now, within three years, it's as if you have done your healthy habit all your life.

6. Is it ever too late?
During your eulogy. Definitely too late then.

Michael F. Roizen is the author of best-selling

You Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty
as described in earlier post http://over40andmore.blogspot.com/2007/12/you-staying-young-owners-manual-for.html