Age is a number, aging is a choice
The scientific reality is that ninety per cent of the signs of aging and disease are caused by lifestyle choices, not genes. Why then do so many of us still feel destined for cellulite, saddle bags and belly fat? Why do we worry about the long line of Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease in our families? Why do we tolerate sagging skin, flagging energy and lowered libido as we grow older, writing them off as inevitable? We are not victims of our age. Our symptoms are both controllable and avoidable. There is a way to slow and even reverse the signs of aging, combat genetic illness, control and determine the expression of genes and improve health as we age.
We have the capability to overcome and transform our genetic history and tendencies. In Younger, Harvard/MIT-trained physician Sara Gottfried, MD, has created a revolutionary seven-week program that empowers us to make the critical choices necessary to not just look younger but also to feel younger and live longer.
Gynecologist Gottfried (The Hormone Reset Diet) emphasizes the role of environment and lifestyle in her new book about how to age well. According to her, a regimen of diet, exercise, and supplements can "maximize what your genes can do." Her advice boils down to the basics eat and sleep well, exercise, destress, and live in a healthy environment which she enumerates in a seven-step protocol. Each step is meant to be adopted over a week, and the protocol for each one combines detailed explanations of the genes related to that step and the supplements, foods, or behaviors that turn each gene on or off. There are three levels for implementing each protocol: the basic rituals, the more involved steps (often including many supplements), and the "advanced projects" readers can try. The book contains a "healthspan" quiz , recipes, and copious notes. Throughout, Dr. Sara (as she calls herself) urges readers to skip the science if it overwhelms them and turn to the steps themselves. Her relatable, energetic delivery adds conviction to her cogent advice.