you're one hundred years old. After rising from a restful night's sleep, you
play a round of golf, attend a friend's one-hundred-fifth birthday party, do
some gardening, continue your model car project, dine with your wife of 60 years,
and later catch the late show at the cineplex. Sounds far fetched? Well folks,
welcome to the 21st century and, hello to the world of anti-aging medicine.
How do you plan to spend the last years of your life? Have you actually given
it much thought? Because we are all confronted daily with the plight of the
elderly, it may be discomforting to ponder what the autumn of life may have
in store for us. Is the above scenario what you imagine? That is, does it mainly
involve a vision of a full, active, engaging life? If it does not, it should.
One of the aims of this book is to tell you why you can begin to see yourself
in this light: as a healthy, strong citizen, and how you can start taking the
steps to giving your body and mind what they need to stay, look, and feel continuously
young. Of course there is nothing wrong with growing old, but now with the advent
of Anti-aging Medicine, it becomes senseless to suffer unnecessarily the incapacitates
which aging brings on.
Most people fear an old age dominated by frailty, illness and suffering. Perhaps it is the sad but real indignities of seeing our loved ones suffer which assault our minds when we begin to wonder: "what will it be like for me?". Whatever the outlook, the feeling left for many is that of discomfort. Until recently, that is, until the phenomenal arrival of Anti-aging Medicine, prospects for the old and very old were at best mysterious and uncertain, and at worst, bleak. Few people ever escape old age without suffering a little if not a lot. The future of old age for many seemed to lie in the hands of unknown forces -- fate, God, environmental factors, the genetic code. Whatever people's belief, in one or all or none of these, there seemed to be no solid rhyme or reason why one person outlived another, or why one suffered the ravages of old age more than another. Making it until old age then became a function of some unknown cause, and few believed they could influence, in any decisive manner, how long they would live or the quality of life they would have when this time came along.
This has been the prevailing attitude, that is, until discoveries in science recently revealed some startling insights into our biological make-up. At this point scientists and medical professionals detected hints that maybe humans could slow down the aging process and could actually gain more influence over health in old age. As usual scientific discoveries soon translated into new technologies which we are happy to report are increasing the distance between chronological age and biological age.
What these new advancements in Anti-aging are accomplishing is nothing short of astounding. This is great news for many Americans who feel that they would like to live to one hundred if their health remained strong. The message is clear: living a life of suffering is not worth living.
Yet this is exactly the point to this book - there is hope in sight, no matter how old you are. Some of the bright and shiny stars of hope though are not outside yourself, but lay deep within your body, in the various glands, which secrete hormones such as growth hormone (hGH). This hormone, for example, is responsible for not only the rapid, sustained growth of children, but for replenishing and rejuvenating the cells of the body. When this does not occur, we can age.
Together with the age-old remedies of eating right, reducing stress and anti-aging specific exercise, hormones form a powerful alliance in retarding the aging process. Yet there is a fifth element to add to this regimen. It is nutritional supplementation. In the past few years it has become a foregone conclusion that supplements also are effective weapons which ensure health and are, moreover, potent anti-aging remedies. Supplements have not been without their detractors. Many see them as superfluous, not needed. However, new research has shown clearly that many vitamins function as powerful antioxidant in retarding the aging process. Some examples of antioxidant are Vitamins C, E, and Beta Carotene, to name just a few.
The real secret of the anti-aging program lies in the details - details specific for your needs and tailored to your body. It is the thorough understanding of the anti-aging plan and not just superficial knowledge that makes or breaks a successfully anti-aging program.
The five proven secrets to longevity are:
1. Anti-aging hormones replacement
2. Anti-aging nutritional supplements
3. Anti-aging precision exercise
4. Anti-aging diet
5. Anti-aging stress reduction