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Mark Hyman

The Secrets to Living Your Longest, Healthiest Life

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What is Young Forever about?

Forever Young (2023) challenges the notion that poor health associated with aging is an inevitable part of life. Instead, it provides a roadmap to not only live longer but to enjoy good health until death.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing physician, founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, and founder and senior advisor for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He’s a fourteen-time New York Times best-selling author, whose books include The Pegan Diet, Food Fix, and The Blood Sugar Solution.

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    Slow down the aging process.

    The mountain villages of Sardinia are home to the longest-living people in the world. At 80, they’re fitter than the average 40-year-old American, still live independently, tend their goats, sheep, and gardens, and actively participate in their community. They not only have a long lifespan, they enjoy an extended healthspan – meaning they’re healthy until the very end of their lives and die peacefully and without pain.

    By contrast, the average 80-year-old elsewhere in the world suffers from five different diseases. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that most people spend their final 16 years suffering from disease. That equates to one-fifth of their lifespans.

    The diseases and conditions of aging occur when your body’s inbuilt healing programs aren’t activated. This stops your body from sufficiently regenerating itself to replace all the molecules and cells that have naturally run their course. This leads to your body’s degradation over time.

    Unfortunately, many of us have diets and lifestyles that accelerate this degradation process. But instead of supporting our bodies in the right way to treat aging at its root cause, we try to manage the symptoms of the diseases we’re experiencing with medication. This might make us feel more comfortable but it won’t extend our health- or lifespans.

    So, what actually happens to your body when you age?

    Biological aging impacts every single one of your body’s systems. For instance, the signaling mechanisms that control your hormones and metabolism get disrupted; the quality of your DNA deteriorates, leading to cell mutations and damaged proteins; you become fatigued due to a decline in your mitochondria – the part of your cells that produce energy; and your stem cells become exhausted, which makes it difficult for your body to rejuvenate itself.

    But why aren’t these processes happening to the vibrant centenarians in Sardinia? Well, their lifestyle and diet naturally balance all the body’s biological networks, which extends their healthspan and lifespan. You can do this too by embracing behavioral changes that support the five core pillars of longevity. Let’s take a look at each pillar in turn, focusing on changes you can incorporate into your lifestyle without needing the guidance of a health-care professional.

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    Who should read Young Forever

    • Young people wanting to set themselves up for a long, healthy life
    • Older people looking to reverse the aging process
    • Those suffering from disease who want to improve their well-being

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