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It’s Never Too Late for a Health Do-Over


At one time or another, we’ve all made poor health decisions. Over time, these decisions can negatively impact our health because their effects accumulate.  However, people who make good decisions are not necessarily in the clear. Even someone who lives a relatively healthy life can have health problems due to genetics. For instance, some people are predisposed to addictions, weight gain, and even depression. Dr. Michael Roizen says whether we’ve made bad choices or have bad luck genetically, we aren’t doomed. We can reverse problems and erase damage our bodies may have sustained by following seven steps.


  1. Build a buddy system: Dr. Roizen called friendship “Nature’s best medicine.” A buddy could mean a spouse, a friend, a coach or anyone who is involved in your wellness goals.  These people help you make good decisions.
  2. Devotion to motion: Dr. Roizen says moderate, regular physical activity is the way to stay healthy. For instance walking  10,000 steps a day can drastically improve your health and reverse damage done in previous years.
  3. Arrest the five food felons: According to Dr. Roizen, five types of foods can wreak havoc on your body. They are: saturated fat, trans fat, simple sugars, simple carbohydrates, and added syrups. These foods aren’t culprits solely because of their calorie level, but also because of the chemical reactions they cause in your body.
  4. Break the addiction, form a habit: Dr. Roizen suggests erasing the damage of addictions by rewiring your brain.  You can do this by replacing the addiction with a healthy habit and seeking professional help.
  5. Figure out your stress solutions:  Dr. Roizen says stress in your body isn’t only caused by stressful events. Stress occurs because of your response to the events. He says  we can’t eliminate stress completely.  In fact, some stress is good. Your goal should be to learn how to respond to it properly.
  6. Have better sex: Dr. Roizen says monogamous couples who have frequent sex live longer and have a better quality of life. Oxytocin, the “bonding” hormone that is released during sex, can have a long-term positive effect physically and physiologically.
  7. Passion sense: Dr. Roizen says  having both a passion and a sense purpose are central to staying mentally sharp and emotionally balanced. Being optimistic and opening yourself to new challenges can reverse damage in your body and help you live longer.

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Guest Info


Best-selling Author and Co-Author of "You" series, latest: This is Your Do-Over (2015)

Physician/Professor of Anesthesiology Co-Founder, RealAge.com, a consumer health media company

Graduate, Williams College

Graduate, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Certified: American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Anesthesiology


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