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Longevity: The Science of Staying Young Hardcover – May 1, 1992

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An optimistic report on what's going on in scientific research on aging, by the publisher of Longevity magazine. As the Trekkies say, ``Live long and prosper.'' Keeton (coauthor, Woman of Tomorrow, 1985) tries to show us how to do just that, first by reviewing theories about aging and then by peering into laboratories around the world for clues on how we can achieve our potential 120-year life span. No test tube is left unturned, from Roy Walford's experiments with mice on a calorie-restricted diet--it added six months to a mouse's life and prompted Walford to limit himself to 1,650 calories a day--to the more esoteric realms of cloning organs and tinkering with the aging gene, if there is one. A chapter is devoted to free radicals, the most recent villain in scenarios about aging and illness; three chapters to diet; two to cosmetics (or ``cosmeceuticals,'' including Retin-A) and plastic surgery, and one to sex. Intriguing reports on more cutting-edge theories are brief and diluted, perhaps properly, by caveats. The bottom line to living longer seems to come down, alas, to diet, exercise, and a good attitude, at least until the scientists say ``Eureka!'' and give us mail-order replacement organs. Longevity- potential tests score responses to questions about lifestyle, diet, and attitude, and a useful appendix lists resources for information about aging. Keeton promises more than she delivers, but her enthusiasm about the possibilities of living longer, healthier lives will keep readers turning pages in search of the magic bullet against the ills of aging. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670839612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670839612
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,568,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on March 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good study on ageing and how to stop or reverse it, but I'm giving it only 4 stars because it's a bit outdated by now. Much interesting research has been done in the years since it was published. I love Keeton's style, as she talks about her childhood in South Africa and her life in London, etc.The text is always very engaging as she discusses the various theories and on-going research. To supplement this book, I recommend William Regelson's "The Superhormone Promise" and "Stopping The Clock" by Klatz. In conclusion, I suggest that it's time for Kathy to update and bring out a second edition.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting book to show that many current subjects were well known almost twenty years ago. But the information is definitely outdated (and in some cases inaccurate), more up to date sources should be consulted for accurate information.

To get a much better and current book on the subject of anti-aging and optimal health try "Breakthrough" where Suzanne Somers interviews many of the top doctors and provide cutting edge information and ideas.
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