Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dr. Oz Helps You Learn Your Real Age

You've probably seem him on Oprah, or perhaps seen his book at Borders. You Staying Young, by Drs. Oz and Roizen, is a remarkable book indeed. Yet even after reading it, I was not compelled to visit Real Age to find out my real age. I think I was a bit concerned I would not like the answer.

I'm over that worrying about my age business now, so this past weekend I checked it out. The quiz is a bit longer than I anticipated. Actually quite a bit. I didn't time it but it probably took me a good 20 minutes. Time well spent. Not because I liked the result, although I did, but because I was impressed with the thoroughness with which this test evaluates your inner health. Only once before have I been interviewed this completely by a doctor. That is clearly saying something about how deep they dug.

In any case, I was delighted to learn that I am 9.8 years YOUNGER inside than the calendar would tell you. Wow! That was a surprise, given my health history. What I had going for me was my lack of vices and excess weight, and my low blood pressure...I think. I suppose if they had asked about vices other than those on their list, I might have scored a bit older. I have a sweet tooth and love my vanilla lattes, but I guess these vices have clearly not had the effect that 2 packs of cigarettes a day (or a pint of ice cream) might have had.

Whatever the outcome, it is good information to know approximately how your general health stacks up, based on your lifestyle and heredity. Even so, I have thought of a couple of things that could have swayed the results in the opposite direction, if asked. I am sure that Drs. Oz and Roizen struggled with just how thorough they could be without having people abandon the quiz in the middle, when it ran too long for their patience.

If you are interested in seeing how old your insides are, I invite you to visit the Real Age site and take the test. It may make you think about some of your choices, which could be a good thing. The other option is simply to read the book. I enjoyed their well-illustrated manual and found many things that made me take a second look at my lifestyle. After all, isn't that what we're looking for when we read a self-help book?

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