Aging, one could argue, is the great triumph of our modern society. "In this century alone," Somer writes, "women have increased their life expectancy by 71 percent, while men's life expectancy has improved 66 percent." That would be wonderful news, except that increased longevity brings with it so many things we don't want, from wrinkles to memory loss, from increased body fat to decreased hearing and vision.
Researchers have been looking at these problems carefully, and Age-Proof Your Body is a first-rate guide to what science knows and how to use that knowledge to age gracefully and energetically. Since Somer is a nutritionist, the book's best and most specific advice is in that area. There's good information on exercise and lifestyle choices, but the strongest sections show specific ways to eat better for the purpose of heading off age-related diseases and dysfunctions.
Commendably, Somer points out where strong science ends and guessing begins. For example, she recommends eating many small meals throughout the day, rather than two or three big ones, but notes that researchers haven't figured out why this works to keeps weight down--only that it does. --Lou Schuler
From Publishers Weekly
While the grandiose title may seem to promise the unattainable, Somer actually offers realistic, easy-to-absorb advice on how to prevent the early onset of age's infirmities by eating and exercising wisely, taking appropriate dietary supplements, coping with stress and enjoying life. A regular on ABC-TV's Good Morning America, Somer (Food and Mood, 1995, etc.) knows her sound bites. Pithy sentences ("Skipping breakfast is a big mistake"), lots of self-quizzes, handy lists, tables and liberal use of perky quotations ("Never eat anything at one sitting that you can't lift"AMiss Piggy) lighten her commonsense message on healthy living. She presents the latest research, even when it is inconclusive, on growth hormones, melatonin, coenzyme Q10 and other popular anti-aging potions, and she separates fact from fiction in a chapter on foods as aphrodisiacs. An appendix provides a week's worth of menus with directions for making simple dishes; recipes for more elaborate ones are in a second appendix and include analyses of calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber content.
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