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Stop the Clock: The Optimal Anti-Aging Strategy Paperback – June 18, 2015
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As far as I can tell, there is not much you can do to "stop the clock", though you can "delay aging" to a point... for example, by staying thin, exercising and eating reasonably well... There are some credible claims that "caloric restriction" might help, though the evidence is weak in human beings. As far as supplements are concerned, the evidence that they can prolong life is... weak or very weak...
The author runs an excellent blog on the topic and I was looking forward to his book.
I was pleasantly surprised. The writing is excellent. As far as I can tell, the author remains true to what has been scientifically established, though he makes some reasonable extrapolations (for example, fasting in moderation probably helps staying young).
I think that if the topic interests you, you should purchase the book for the writing alone. It is a quick read and it will make you think.
I should add a general caveat: the problem with such a topic is that information is coming in regularly. That is, we still know very little about how to live longer... and we are learning something new almost every day... So this book will probably need regular updates to remain useful.
* The author might want to revise the text as there are some minor repetitions that could be avoided. It would make the text even better.
* The evidence regarding resveratrol is weak. I think that the author, through his book, makes the case for resveratrol much stronger than it is. As far as I can tell, no independent study has shown that resveratrol can prolong life in otherwise healthy mammals. I suspect that resveratrol is ineffective and thus, wasted money. Thankfully, the author is otherwise conservative regarding supplement advocacy...
This book looks at a much larger time frame. While many of the suggestions in this book will make you feel better in the short-term, the goal is to increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life.
I am convinced that if I could convince my parents to implement these strategies their lives would drastically improve. There is nothing difficult or complicated about the strategies outlined here, they are core, basic ideas surrounding health and exercise. None of them involve large time commitments, in fact, you'd be surprised to learn you don't need to exercise nearly as much as you think to reap the biggest benefit.
This book is ahead of it's time, give it a read and implement these strategies and you'll be well on your way to a longer, healthier life.
I consider several of Mangan's books -- this one foremost among them -- simply essential to maximizing and optimizing health. For anyone familiar with Mangan over the years, the example of his own transformation is proof of his seriousness and offers motivation for anyone who is pessimisstic about the possibility for personal change.