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Age-Proof Your Body: Your Complete Guide to Lifelong Vitality Paperback – July 7, 1999

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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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial Currents; 1 edition (July 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688169775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688169770
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,258,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I browsed through this book and found that I could not put it down. As a gerontologist, I know Somer has researched her material thoroughly. She includes interesting facts and inspirational quotes about aging that make her information easy to read and understand. I trust her research references and she gives good advice without preaching. The book also contains valuable, practical information about popular herbs and vitamins. I recommend it for anyone interested in solid information on aging as well as nutrition.
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By BR on October 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is better, in my opinion, than many other health books on the market right now. This is because the author focuses not only on the practical side of what to eat and so on, but focuses also on the emotional and spiritual side of health. There is more to being healthy asnd youthful than simply eating enough veggies and working out. Excellent.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a comon sense wrap-up of the nutrition and diet books out today, plus a good look at our bodies and how they change as we age. Being a "zone" reader and reader of many other nutrition/diet books, this was more "mainstream" for a 40+ mother of three. I did learn alot that I can use in my life.
I was wondering-- what is the difference between the hard cover original and the newer edition in paperback? Can the author respond?
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By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've been following Ms. Somer's advice religiously since reading her other GREAT book, FOOD & MOOD. I bought this new book and it's even better. I've learned so much -- she dispells many health myths that will suprise you -- and I feel great. Give this book as a gift to anybody at any age. They will thank you forever.
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