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How do some people avoid the slowing down, deteriorating, and weakening that plagues many of their peers decades earlier? Are they just lucky? Or do they know something the rest of us don’t? Is it possible to grow older without getting sicker? What if you could look and feel 50 through your 80s and 90s?

Founder of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and one of the leading pioneers of longevity research, Dr. Nir Barzilai’s life’s work is tackling the challenges of aging to delay and prevent the onset of all age-related diseases including “the big four”: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

One of Dr. Barzilai’s most fascinating studies features volunteers that include 750 SuperAgers - individuals who maintain active lives well into their 90s and even beyond - and, more importantly, who reached that ripe old age never having experienced cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, or cognitive decline.

In Age Later, Dr. Barzilai reveals the secrets his team has unlocked about SuperAgers and the scientific discoveries that show we can mimic some of their natural resistance to the aging process. This eye-opening and inspirational audiobook will help you think of aging not as a certainty, but as a phenomenon - like many other diseases and misfortunes - that can be targeted, improved, and even cured. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

“In this technical but promising book, Barzilai scrutinizes the lives of centenarians to find the key factors behind their healthy longevity. Readers who enjoy learning the science behind medical theories will be fascinated.” (Booklist)

“A thoughtful take on aging that should be of interest to all concerned with the overlap of health and aging.” (Library Journal)

©2020 Nir Barzilai (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • RealWoman8
  • 2021-01-06

Hang on, help is coming!

Nir Barzilai is a leader in the longevity field, and in Age Later, he describes research into centenarians -- why do they live so long and so well, and how can we do it too? Several old chestnuts are debunked, such as that tall people don't live as long as short people, or that reaching 100 means you're sicker longer. In fact, centenarians tend to be quite healthy, and if we can harness whatever prevents them from succumbing to chronic illness (often despite lifestyle habits we don't consider "healthy"), we could all increase our "healthspan." While there's not handy list of supplements you could start popping today, Dr. Barzilai is a big proponent of Metformin and describes its benefits and how his TAME study is exploring its potential to expand our healthy years. The narrator, Sean Pratt, did a fine job with the material. If you're interested in longevity research, this is a great book to add to your knowledge library.

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  • Bird Lover
  • 2020-08-15

Pretty dull; fantastic narrator.

This is pitched at a pretty low level and proceeds slowly. Compared to other books/podcasts, I didn’t learn much about nutrition, aging, or biochemistry based on past research. There’s a lot of talk about the future; not interesting to me.
Best narrator—by a long shot—though.

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  • David B. Allison PhD
  • 2021-03-14

Superb!

What a wonderful book. Clear, informative, balanced, evidence-based, fun, practical, and inspiring. The field of geroscience is progressing rapidly.

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  • Roger March
  • 2021-06-21

Pretty good

The science seemed consistent with similar works I have read; better presented here in a few cases. The chest beating and moaning about funding were unwelcomed distractions.

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  • Aaron
  • 2020-12-09

A must-read!

Dr. Barzilai is amazing! His research is incredibly fascinating to hear about, and he encapsulates the excitement of the entire field of longevity science!

Pratt is a great narrator, too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-09

nice overview of ongoing research in aging

interesting research happening on aging. I wondered if part of the purpose of the book was to promote the author's own financial stakes/ involvement.

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  • Book Worm
  • 2021-04-25

Very disappointing

Very unhelpful review of research on animals, with little practical advice beyond hoping for silver bullets or magical cures by tinkering with our genomes.