Don't Just Live to 100 - Thrive!

We once believed that genetics played a greater role in how long we lived, but we now know that lifestyle choices and attitude are far more important than our genetic makeup in how we age according to the authors of AGE TO PERFECTION: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy and Wise Wise by Mark Anderson, MD, DABFM, Walter Gaman, MD, FABFM, FCFP and Judith K. Gaman, BSHS, CMA, CCRC. Judith joined us today to share why it’s never too late to make positive changes. The sooner you do, the better your long-term outcome will be. Healthy choices made today will help repair the damage of yesterday and can greatly change a person’s health and happiness forecast.

Many people are living fulfilling lives to their 100th birthday and beyond. Today we were lucky enough to have Lucille Fleming, 101, who is featured in the book, join us to share her top tips tfor living to 100 with joy.

While aging is a natural decline, many factors, which are completely preventable, hasten the process, lifestyle choices and new technologies can determine a patient’s aging process and help reverse it, including:

• Technology that allows us to see how stress affects aging at the cellular level
• What telomeres are, and how smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise shorten them and lead to cell death
• What the AVAT Factor is and how it determines a patient’s functional age, which is different from their chronological age
• The future of medicine which includes personal DNA testing, nanobot surgery and how stem cells may be the answer to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases
• Why eating processed foods and a diet high in sugar can hasten the aging process
• Why staying active sexually increases your chances for a longer life

Scientific discovery, specifically at the genetic level, is giving us insight into the aging process. As we begin to understand not just the genetic risks but how to protect our DNA from harmful mutations, longevity will become the rule, not the exception. Our DNA holds the answers to eliminating disease and slowing the aging process.


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