The Science of Healthy Aging

Aging is an inevitable process that can be quite a frightening prospect. The word is often only associated with wrinkles, gray hair, limited mobility, and related illnesses. But as I get older myself, I find that there are lots of great things about aging provided I can stay as healthy as possible. 

Unfortunately, even though there has always been quite a lot of research about health and the biology of aging, many of the simple, lifestyle options have not been shared with the public. Not surprisingly clinicians tend to focus on illness and pharmaceutical companies on selling drugs, but there are many things that you can do to optimize your health that don't involve medicines! Also, not all science information has always been reader-friendly. As The Lifestyle Doctor, I want to make understanding these concepts easier for you.

My name is Dr Judy Ford and I am a geneticist with a (PhD) doctoral degree. I started undertaking research into lifestyle and health as long ago as 1990 - long before it was fashionable! But we can't consider lifestyle on its own, we need to understand how our current lifestyle, life history and genes all interact to affect our health and this is where my work differs from most other people's. Most people appreciate that many of the things we eat and do can affect how we grow old but many don't understand how much this might be influenced by our genes. More importantly, most people don't understand whether their family's problems are caused by bad genes or bad lifestyle? I'll give you are hint - if most members of your family have the problem, it's most likely to be a bad lifestyle, not bad genes!

My latest book  "Why We Age – Solving the Puzzle of Aging,”  solves many questions about growing old and the diseases related to getting old. This book is also available as two smaller books and e-books through Amazon.

If you are ready to discover the nitty gritty of biology, genes, lifestyle and health, please sign up for my 'occasional blog posts'. I promise not to overload you with too many posts - that wouldn't be good for your health aging! 

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