Turning fifty this year? Sixty? Seventy-five? The calendar just won't leave us alone, will it? Just keeps adding... well... years!
Although time will probably never be on our side, it can be tempered by altering our biological clocks. By changing some of our habits, we can actually turn back the clock and maybe even prevent a disease or condition that was genetically destined. Did you know this?
Well, I have to admit that I've known about biological age for a long time. But no one ever sat me down and said, "Look, if you eat green and orange vegetables four times more per week, and not change anything else, you could move your clock back two years. Or if you get together with friends or family two times more per month, you'll be adding three more years to your life. Look at this information, for example, from my source:
- 70% of arterial aging is considered preventable
- 80% to 90% of all cancers is likely due to environmental causes, such as exposure to toxins or poor diet
- 80% of all accidents may be avoidable
There's a place on the Web where you can get this information and much much more. It's called RealAge®. Go there and hit the orange button to take the RealAge test. All you need to register is an email address and a password.
Before you start the test, request a copy of your last blood test results from your doctor, as those numbers are requested. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to take the test; don't give up and answer all the questions to the best of your knowledge. And, tell the truth! No one but you will see the results unless you want them to.
What you get back will surprise you. Your responses are measured against more than 25,000 records of medical data on disease and aging. New study results are entered into the data base when they are published, so the test results are always up to date.
You will get a real age, based on your cumulative answers as well as a detailed narrative about different aspects of your physical and emotional health, including suggestions for turning back your clock in each realm. Also, if your genetics or your lifestyle is heading you in the direction of a medical condition, such as Alzheimer's Disease or diabetes, it will tell you the changes you need to make to help head you off that course. Plus, the report includes a 90 day regimen for improvement on your lowest scoring results.
This report is what you wish for, but never get, after a physician takes your medical history and a slew of diagnostic tests.
Wait. This free service is not finished. Every few days, you'll get an email, bugging you in the nicest possible way, to "eat more colors," or "manage your nasal allergies," or "how's your sleep?" In addition, you can sign up for the tip of the day (e.g., "The best sleep for your health is uninterrupted sleep.").
These emails make you want to return to the RealAge site to take a more specific test, say on headaches or your chances for getting diabetes. Or you can just obtain more information about any health related topic. RealAge provides is a bibliography of medical journal articles, press stories, and links to other web sites that can help your understand the disease or disorder and natural as well as medical solutions to the condition.
DogAge.comSometimes, more than ourselves, we dread the aging of our pets. Well, RealAge understands that, so it also provides free informational websites to help prevent disease and prolong the lives of our dogs and cats!
I'm really glad I found this site and urge you, no matter what your age, to visit it. It's a one stop health shop that grabs and motivates you to correct routines that can cause life-threatening disease and make you old! And one more encouraging thing I learned was that it's never too late to start; babes in their 70's and 80's can still extend their real ages by making meaningful health and lifestyle changes.
Let me know how you like these services!
Keeping you posted...Boomer Babe Featured Blogger www.AmericanInventorSpot.com
This column is dedicated to my Uncle Joe who passed away too young on March 8, 2007, from complications due to diabetes and heart disease.
Links to pages of interest on the RealAge site: Home Page and RealAge Test
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