When you're a child, you long to grow up and be an adult. But the increased risk of disease and the accumulation of wrinkles and bulges can take the joy out of aging. Now, however, the newest research is providing the answer to how to enjoy the benefits of adulthood without the bummers. To reveal the latest advancements in anti-aging, Dr. Mehmet Oz teamed up with Dr. Mike Roizen on his Dec. 17 talk show.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen also are known as the "YOU" doctors for the series of books that they have written, such as "YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger" (click for details). They noted that all their books have the same mission: Give you the tools that you need to enhance your health and happiness.
The good news: Small, simple changes can make a dramatic difference when it comes to longevity and good health. The two doctors believe in a concept called RealAge, which is your body's actual age as opposed to chronological. As you'll see by the four rules that they have developed below, following these guidelines can actually reverse the clock when it comes to your age:
- Eat monounsaturated fats rather than saturated fats. For example, use olive oil rather than butter and use avocados rather than cheese on sandwiches. This step deducts 2.5 years from your RealAge. This step helps you control your cholesterol.
- Enjoy three healthy snacks each day between meals. One snack should consist of a handful of nuts, such as walnuts. This step can reduce your risk of heart disease and whittle your waistline by helping you eat fewer calories total.
- Every 15 minutes, stand up and move around. Every two hours, walk for 10 minutes. This step deducts 2.1 years from your RealAge. This step helps you have a healthy heart and maintain your weight.
- Develop close friendships. Having friends that you trust and can be open with can reduce two years from your RealAge. It reduces stress. Studies show that socializing can help protect you from dementia.