health for your
YOU control your
rate of aging
By Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and
Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz,
M.D.—the YOU Docs—are the authors of
nine New York Times best-sellers, including
YOU: Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual
for Extending Your Warranty.
1. Walk 30 minutes a day. Walking
makes your heart and immune system
healthier. Bonus: Buy a pedometer and
aim for 10,000 steps a day.
2. Floss and brush the teeth you wish
to keep. Do it also for the heart you
wish to nurture, the wrinkles you wish
to prevent and the sexual satisfaction
you wish to enjoy. And see a dental
professional every six months.
3. Take omega- 3 DHA pills (900 mg
total) or have non-fried salmon or trout
three times a week. Salmon and trout
have DHA, the active omega- 3 for eyes
and brain (it converts to the good heart
4. Meditate for at least five minutes
each day. Your brain (and soul) needs
moments of silence to recharge, refocus
5. Drink three or more cups of coffee
a day (if it agrees with you—caffeinated
tea works as well) and eat curry dishes
or foods with mustard to decrease your
risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
6. Plan to sleep seven to eight hours.
Before you head to bed:
a. Finish any must-do tasks.
b. Take care of your nighttime
c. Perform deep breathing and/or
d. Avoid anything too stimulating,
such as watching TV or working
out. Sex, though stimulatory
(we hope), is OK. In fact, it’s
7. Vitamin D3 helps prevent cancer,
incorporate calcium into the bones and
slow the aging of arteries. Get 1,000 IU
a day if you’re younger than 60 or
1,200 IU a day if you’re 60 or older.
8. If you’re over the age of 40 (women)
or 35 (men), take two baby aspirin
(162 mg total) at breakfast; just make
sure to get your doctor’s approval
first. It decreases your risk of heart
attack, stroke, impotence, wrinkles
and some cancers.
9. Know your numbers: blood pressure, low-density and high-density
lipoprotein (LDL and HDL) cholesterol,
triglycerides (TGs) and high-sensitivity
C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). Do whatever you can to get them to 115/75,
less than 100, more than 50, less than
100 and less than 1, respectively.
10. Always get second opinions on any
medication that you will take for three
days or more. C
Here are a few tips to make
your Real Age younger.
Adjusting your age