The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

How to boost your longevity

- Dr. Michael Roizen Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

The ancient Greeks said there were five ages of man: the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, the Age of Heroes and Iron Age. I want to add to that: The Younger Age — because now we have discovered so many ways that you can live younger longer.

A study out of Columbia University’s School of Public Health put 220 healthy men and women on a 25% calorieres­triction or a normal diet for two years. If you’re eating 2,400 calories daily, eliminatin­g 600 calories is difficult! But the restricted diet did slow down participan­ts’ pace of aging by 2% to 3%.

Much easier — and more powerful — are the 33 brainenhan­cing moves that also slow your aging that I’ve presented in “The Great Age Reboot.” Three of my favorites are:

— The health benefits of social networks. Having a posse and a purpose extends your youthful energy significan­tly. In fact, long-standing public health research suggests from 40% to more than 80% of your quality of life and longevity can be directly or indirectly attributed to social factors.

— Using telehealth to stay up to date on all screenings. No more excuses for dodging doctor appointmen­ts or failing to share potential health concerns. Being digitally connected can lead to early diagnosis of cancers, heart disease symptoms and more.

— Adding speed of processing games to your routine. In randomized studies, doing speed of processing games “Double Decision” and “Freeze Frame” for just 18 hours over a 10-year period decreased dementia risk by more than 45%.

Health pioneer Michael Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic and author of four No. 1 New York Times bestseller­s. His next book is “The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow.” Do you have a topic Dr. Mike should cover in a future column? If so, please email questions@ GreatAgeRe­

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