Top 10 Books on Longevity and Healthy Aging

Don't Trust Just Any of the Anti-Aging Books Out There

There has always been great interest in longevity, but with advances in medical science and a huge, growing market of people seeking the ultimate Fountain of Youth, there are more anti-aging books and resources available than any one person can consume.

It feels like every day there are new books are coming out on longevity and healthy aging. Some of these books have great information and sound advice. Others are gimmicky or just trying to sell you something. If you're interested in learning more about longevity and the keys to healthy aging from reliable sources, look no further than these top 10 anti-aging books.

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health
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The China Study is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on nutrition and health ever conducted. In this book, the author and lead researcher T. Colin Campbell reviews the findings of the China Study and other research to conclude that diet can prevent and reverse chronic illnesses, including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular conditions.

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Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil, MD

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being
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In his earlier books, Dr. Weil set out to change how we think about healing and medicine. In Healthy Aging, he wants to change how we think about aging and longevity. Instead of focusing on ways to extend life expectancy, Dr. Weil chooses to focus on increasing the number of healthy, happy years by preventing chronic illness and maintaining well-being.

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Aging With Grace: The Nun Study by David Snowdon, MD

Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives
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Aging With Grace reviews a study that began in 1986 and continues today. The author, epidemiologist David Snowdon, follows the lives of 678 nuns while surveying them on health-related behaviors and practices. It appears that there is a lot to learn about healthy lives from these women.

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The RealAge Makeover by Michael Roizen, MD

The RealAge Makeover: Take Years Off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life
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Michael Roizen wrote this revision and update of his RealAge approach, which focuses on changes you can make to increase your youth (and as a result, elongate your life). Included is the RealAge self-test and hundreds of pages of information and advice about supplements, behaviors, and other factors that influence aging.

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The Longevity Bible by Gary Small, MD

Longevity Bible, The: 8 Essential Strategies for Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Your Body Young
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The Longevity Bible breaks healthy aging into eight essential strategies. These strategies include the expected, like nutrition and exercise, as well as more unusual ideas, like having a positive attitude and staying mentally fit. The Longevity Bible is a good source of information for a balanced and healthy approach to aging (or anti-aging).

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Healthy at 100: Secrets of the World's Longest-Lived Peoples by John Robbins

Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples
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Healthy at 100 looks at traditional cultures with a history of long-lived people to better understand longevity and healthy aging. John Robbins reviews the existing information about these cultures and presents it in an easy-to-read and interesting format.

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Count Down Your Age by Frederic J. Vagnini, MD and David Bunnell

Count Down Your Age: Look, Feel, and Live Better Than You Ever Have Before
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Count Down Your Age presents a comprehensive plan for healthy aging. By combining advice about nutrition and exercise with social and mental health tips, Count Down Your Age succeeds at giving you a wide range of interesting information and anti-aging suggestions.

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Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100 by Maoshing Ni, OMD

Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100
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Secrets of Longevity combines Western medical science knowledge with Eastern wisdom to give the reader hundreds of suggestions of things you can do in order to live a longer and happier life. Dr. Maoshing Ni presents these tips in a quick, easy-to-read format.

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Gary Null's Power Aging by Gary Null, PhD

Gary Null's Power Aging
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Gary Null has been promoting healthy lifestyle and nutrition for decades. This new book, Power Aging, presents a healthy aging program and discusses some of the factors that contribute to aging.

The Longevity Diet by Brian M. Delaney and Lisa Walford

The Longevity Diet: The Only Proven Way to Slow the Aging Process and Maintain Peak Vitality Through Caloric
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The Longevity Diet uses calorie restriction to increase life expectancy. While the long-term effects of this diet are unknown, calorie restriction is the only proven way to extend life in animals and can be seen in long-living cultures around the world. While there is still debate on the effects of a calorie-restricted diet in humans, this anti-aging book is certainly a good read.

The Bottom Line on Anti-Aging Books

When looking at an anti-aging book or book about longevity, be sure the author is credible and that the suggestions are healthy. Be cautious about supplements. And remember: the best way to stay healthy is to exercise, eat a good diet, and have a positive attitude.

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