"If you live long enough, you will probably become infirm and develop at least some of the trappings of old age," admits author Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. "However, you can make that happen later rather than sooner; you can delay the onset of disability and chronic disease so as to enjoy life and remain vigorous and independent for most of your later years." Enabling you to accomplish that is Rosenfeld's aim in Live Now, Age Later
. Each chapter deals with a specific aging complication--such as Alzheimer's, cancer, depression, stroke, osteoporosis, heart attacks, prostate enlargement, and losses of hearing, vision, libido, and teeth. For each condition, Rosenfeld presents the cause, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and specific strategies for lessening your risk. These may include diet, exercise, stress reduction, supplements, and medications, depending on the condition. A "what to remember" list at the end of each chapter is helpful for review. This is not a "miracle cure" book that tells you to take some alphabet-soup combination of vitamins or esoteric herbs to guarantee living to 120 with the body and mind of a 20-year-old. Rather, the recommendations are moderate and medically conventional. Rosenfeld's style is clear and accessible; his suggestions are easy to understand and implement. --Joan Price
From Publishers Weekly
The genial Dr. Rosenfeld (Symptoms and Doctor, What Should I Eat?) should have another bestseller to his credit with this wise, sensible guide to delaying and preventing the diseases of aging. His prescription calls for sound nutritional habits, exercise, preventive health care and the latest medical information and pharmaceuticals, especially hormone replacement therapies. Rosenfeld's goal is to arm readers with knowledge so they will take care of themselves and recognize and treat problems as early as possible. He succeeds admirably and, remarkably, without gimmicks. Instead, there's straight talk about the major diseases and issues related to aging: Alzheimer's, cancer, heart attack, osteoporosis, stroke, arthritis, hearing loss, depression, insomnia, skin care, vision and dental problems. The chapters on menopause, sexual dysfunction and prostate problems are especially candid and helpful. Explaining each condition in unintimidating language, he discusses symptoms, risk factors, treatments and defensive strategies. What distinguishes this book from others aimed at the turning-50 crowd is Rosenfeld's ease in making medicine understandable, without oversimplifying or condescending, and his lively optimism. The occasional pun may inspire groans, but given the book's strengths, they are forgivable. Thanks to the doctor's gift for establishing a relationship with his reader, this book deserves to be read widely and thoroughly. Major ad/promo; 5-city author tour. (June)
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