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Can I control how quickly I age?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
You control more than 70 percent of how well and how long you live. By the time you reach 50, your lifestyle dictates 80 percent of how you age; the rest is controlled by inherited genetics.

Everyone ages at the same calendar rate with birthdays every 365 or 366 days. But you have the power to turn your body's clock faster or slower with the lifestyle choices you make about what you do with your body and what you put into it. For example, a 50-year-old woman who douses her lungs with nicotine and builds her food pyramid with liver and sausage actually may have the body of a 65-year-old because of the destruction she's doing. A 50-year-old, however, who eats well, stays away from toxins, and takes care of her body with moderate physical activity could have the body and health of a 36-year-old.
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