By Dr. Mike Moreno
Author of The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging
Every year, every month, every day, every hour, every minute, down to every tiny second that you are alive, you are getting older. Your body is probably undergoing age-related changes that all too often lead to less energy, painful joints, droopy skin, unsightly wrinkles, graying or thinning hair, and overall declining health. But what if I told you that getting older and the physical process of aging don't have to be so closely entwined? And what if you had the power to slow down the aging of your body systems... so much so that you could actually live to see, and more importantly, enjoy your 100th birthday, or beyond? Allow me to explain.
I have a different way of looking at health and longevity: one that is organized according to the way your body is organized, and that is by body systems. By "body systems" I mean the networks of organs and tissues that work together to keep you alive-your circulatory system, nervous system, respiratory system, immune system, reproductive system, and so forth. The systems in your body typically begin to decline at around age 20, a piece of knowledge given to us by the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Focus on the well-being of those systems-and the lifestyle changes you can make to postpone their aging-and you're on your way to living 100 healthy years.
As a family practice physician, I like to zero in on all of those different body systems early, before someone even has symptoms, so I can identify the risk factors that may affect a person. Then it's my job to intervene before the person develops a particular disease.
Once a month for the next year, I will share with you a very important way that you can use my anti-aging tips-on your digestive, immune, and reproductive systems, your muscles and bones, and yes, your weight. I hope you'll join me on the journey to celebrating 100 happy, healthy years.
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