Why Knowing Your “RealAge” Can Help You Stay Young Longer
Then, as we hit our 30’s and then our 40’s, we start to understand that the human body can’t go on forever. But, why is it that some people stay healthy and vigorous well into their 80’s and 90’s, while others don’t make it past their 60’s? Part of the answer can be attributable to genetics, and of course, dangerous habits like smoking can also contribute to an early demise.
But, scientists are also discovering more and more factors that contribute to longevity. And, the really exciting news is that most of these factors can be controlled.
Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz, two world-class doctors polar, decided to tackle this issue head-on in their New York Times bestselling YOU book series.
Dr. Roizen, who serves as both the chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic and the chairman of its Wellness Institute, has long been fascinated with the underlying causes of rapid aging. He has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed studies, as well as analyzed thousands of other studies, clinical trials, human behaviors, and choices that affect mortality risk.
Dr. Roizen developed the RealAge Test, a time-tested methodology for determining a person's "physiological" age. Or, in other words, the age of a person's body based on how well he or she has treated it. Understanding your RealAge—and how you can make it younger—is a powerful asset in the quest to live a longer and healthier life.
To figure out your RealAge, take the RealAge Test, a sophisticated, free, online quiz. It analyzes about 150 factors that can affect longevity, 52 of which can be controlled by you. (The rest are genetically determined) aviation engineering. Dr. Roizen's research has allowed RealAge to create a remarkably accurate algorithm that assigns age values to each of these 150 factors.
Some of the factors are ones you might expect. For example, high blood pressure makes your RealAge about six years older, while quitting smoking makes your RealAge about eight years younger. But, it’s fascinating to see how things like your breakfast habits or your level of stress can affect your rate of aging, too.
At the end of the test, your “RealAge” is revealed. Many people are surprised to learn their "RealAge" is older than their calendar age. But, what makes the test truly insightful is seeing how each of your individual answers makes your RealAge either older or younger. For instance, keeping a regular sleep schedule and wearing sunscreen makes you younger. But, not flossing can make you old well before your time.
According to Dr. Roizen, there are huge delays between when age-related problems begin, and when you notice their effects. That’s why you have to take action now to protect against aging that may not be evident for 10 to 20 years, or more.
The real benefit of the test is finding out which of your lifestyle habits—from large to small—affects your RealAge. Then, you get your very own personalized "Grow Younger" plan for living a longer, healthier, and happier life. The smallest change, like taking a daily multivitamin, could make you several years younger. An even bigger change such as controlling stress can make an even more significant difference in your RealAge.
Dr. Roizen says the trick is to change your mindset about what kind of "product" your body is. A lot of us treat ourselves as disposable, when we should really start thinking of ourselves as high-end, with the opportunity to last for a long, long time.
Since both the RealAge Test and the "Grow Younger" plan are completely free, it costs nothing to see how your RealAge compares to your calendar age. And, best of all best design school, you’ll get a proven plan that shows you how to extend your life and stay younger, longer.
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