Gerontologist Henry S. Lodge (with help from his patient Chris Crowley) makes the compelling case that while growing old is inevitable, the destructive symptoms of old age are not.
The Bottom Line
Growing old may be inevitable, but the destructive symptoms of aging are not.
When most of us think about growing older, we wince at the prospect of achy joints, weaker muscles and a gradual slowing down. Yet internist Henry Lodge and his patient Chris Crowley argue that you shouldn’t passively accept this fate. In fact, not only can you stop yourself from growing weaker as you age, but you can actually get stronger and improve your quality of life.
When Lodge was practicing in Manhattan and teaching medical students at Columbia University, he noticed something disturbing: Many of his patients in their 50s and 60s were developing diabetes and suffering strokes, heart attacks and fractures than he expected. He suspected this had to be the result of misguided lifestyle choices. Crowley, a retired lawyer, was one such patient — he was not yet 60 but felt significantly older.
Drawing on evolutionary science, the pair devised a coordinated plan of regular exercise, healthy eating and social activities, all intended to help Chris, and other aging adults, feel younger well into their 80s.
The truth is, as the authors make clear, you can follow their advice and still die early from disease (Lodge died from prostate cancer in 2017 at age 58). But the book’s guidelines will certainly improve your odds of living longer and putting the breaks on the aging process.
II. Aging Happens, But Decay Is Optional
III. Exercise Is Essential
IV. Just Do It, But Do It the Right Way
V. Evolution and the Modern Diet
VI. Doctor’s Orders: Quit Eating Garbage
VII. Commit to Staying Connected
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