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by M.D. Richard J. Flanigan

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Simple, straight forward. Great summary of what one needs to do to live a long, healthy life. ( )
  jsharpmd | May 23, 2009 |
Longevity Made Simple by Richard Flanigan M.D. and Kate Flanigan Sawyer MD, MPH, has a subtitle, ‘How to Add 20 Good Years to Your Life.’ This book is not a diet book or is it an exercise book. It is longevity book that explains in simple language what science tells us about living long, healthy lives.

The book consists of eleven chapters plus an appendix with simple recipes. Some topics covered in the book are how long should we live? Eighty-five if we are in good health. The top 10 causes of death in the U.S. Did you know the 10th leading cause of death is Septicemia? Find out what that is in Chapter 2.

Also included is a personal risk profile. It explains what is good and bad cholesterol. Along with BMI charts, a good predictor of health risk is your abdomen size, that’s your waist size. It also states the limits for men and women.

Which is better, to be Fit and Fat or Sedentary and Lean? The Cooper Institute, using data from the Aerobics Center Longitude Study answers that question. The minimum amount of exercise is listed and some cautions on over-exercising.

Health foods are also covered. There is a list of Super foods that help to reduce oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, improve the elasticity of the arteries, and improve blood pressure. Heard of plant Stanols and Sterols? These lower serum cholesterol naturally.

Tea or coffee, which is healthier? Seems like both are. Tea contains antioxidants and coffee is associated with a lower risk of diabetes. Also explained are vitamin supplements and some common medications like statins for cholesterol and different type of high blood pressure medicines. A whole chapter is devoted to common health tests, such as EKG, ultrasounds for heart and arteries, and cancer screening tests to name a few.

Rounding out the book is 10 health tips that are practical and do-able. Several of the suggestions I have already started on, such as eating several veggie meals a week and changing my exercise routine.

With charts, graphs, and lists and concise explanations, the Flanigans have made the medical science easy to understand. They write with just enough science to provide meaning and with common language to make it understandable. The amount of data inside makes this a very good quick reference book to have on hand.
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  judithkaye | Mar 25, 2008 |
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Longevity Made Simple cuts through the flood of daily medical news to provide readers with the crucial information they need to live longer and healthier lives. In Longevity Made Simple, Drs. Flanigan and Sawyer distill medical information to its most essential elements and focus on what really matters: the strategies that can prevent disease.Concisely written, yet brimming with authoritative evidence, Longevity Made Simple focuses on the ten most deadly diseases, which account for more than three-quarters of all deaths in America. The book helps readers determine their personal risk profiles for these diseases, then offers them tactics to reduce or to eliminate the greatest threats to their own health and longevity. Readers will come away from Longevity Made Simple with a new understanding of the real threats to their health and the tools to extend their lives. All advice given by Drs. Flanigan and Sawyer is based on their extensive clinical experience and published scientific findings, making Longevity Made Simple not only engaging and highly accessible, but also authoritative.

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Discusses strategies to prevent the ten deadliest diseases in America, while offering tips on reducing the threats to health and extending life span.

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