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The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Bestselling author David Agus unveils the brave new world of medicine, one in which we can take control of our health like never before and doctors can fine-tune strategies and weapons to prevent illness.

In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Simon Schuster (first published December 29th 2015)
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Rob Thompson
About the book: The Lucky Years is your guide to understanding the cutting-edge developments in medical science which are addressing society’s most pressing health problems. While advances in genetics may seem to be the key to curing cancer, infertility and aging. This book shows that simple, sensible health strategies may more effectively improve the health and happiness of the world’s population.

About the author: Dr. David B. Agus is a medical doctor and engineer, known as one of America’s lea
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Drtaxsacto
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Agus is a USC professor and a doctor who treats cancer. This short book is worth the read on at least three counts. First, he gives you an idea about what is coming in the "health" century - innovations that will amaze most of us and will help extend not only our years but our quality years. Second, he explains that in order to best be prepared to benefit, we need to take responsibility for our health decisions. He even includes a handy two week guide to help make you become more aware of ...more
Martina
Mar 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Reading this book reminded me of the adage "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." The author is an expert on applied molecular medicine, and (somewhat predictably) sees the solutions to most of today's health woes in molecular biology-derived tests, medications and prevention. I was very disappointed, since I hoped for a more comprehensive approach, including discussion of environmental factors, prevention through nutrition, and insights into the efficacy (or lack thereof) ...more
John
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
We'll be ready for an education from one of the nations top oncologists. Some chapters go into a very deep explanation of DNA and mitochondria. But some chapters give some great health tips. I thought it had a great balance. For the average reader it might go a little deeper than one needs.
Marie
Jan 08, 2016 added it
Everything in moderation. Seek multiple references.
It is the same advice my parents always gave me.
Harry Vinh
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Like a typical personal health care book, the book offers useful tips, especially for white-collar workers nowadays such as:
• Sleep for 7 hours a night constantly.
• Sex and cuddling are important.
• Gluten-free is a myth.
• Etc.
Worth a read tho! :)
James
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stumbled across this at the library. Its OK. Traditional M.D. (Oncologist) does a decent job of explaining how in the very near future how medicine is going to chane due to all sorts of advances in in tech and medical science. A lot of the picture he paints is rather disturbing from a civil-libertarian perspective. Also, a doctor that thinks EVERYONE should be on statin drugs regardless of health condition is rather scary to me as well. He does make a case for it, but I disagree. If anyone is re ...more
Sojourner
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health by David B. Agus M.D. is more or less an assessment and consideration of the latest developments made in the field of general medicine in recent years. The book is a progression of the author’s point of view from his earlier bestsellers “The End of Illness” and “A Short Guide to a Long Life.” According to David B. Agus, the secrets to your health and longevity are hiding within you.

“Today when you go to the doctor for a wellness che
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Sheila
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have always admired Dr. David Agus for his simple yet informative messages about the confusing fields of health and medicine. I picked up his latest book as soon as I heard its publication. Based on the commercials, I was hopeful for its insight on personalized medicine and other major breakthroughs to help us thrive in the new world of health. I was disappointed to find out that this book is more like a long research paper about statistics and studies, without anything concrete that can be ap ...more
Antonette
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I had high hopes for this book after seeing Dr. Agus on the Today Show. However, it is not reader friendly and is filled with too many statistics and data. I wanted to like it and get something from it since many in my family had or have cancer. I knew I may have trouble listening to his advice after I read two things: He feels health insurance is not a right which I completely disagree with and his statements that taking Omega supplements don't do anything. I will stick with Dr. Weil's and Dr. ...more
Taylor
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: The Lucky Years is a look at all that is medical, now and what is coming in the future. It is written by a practicing oncologist. He breaks the book down into three key parts:
First - David looks at the advancement that have recently been made in medicine and what is just around the corner. THis is where the author initiates the talk that we are entering the lucky years of medicine where most major issues can be worked around or overcome, so long as people are willing to commit. This pa
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Mary
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Developments in medical science and treatments made accessible and readable. I have to admit that I was two thirds of the way through this book and still looking for the writer to unveil his own personal magical elixir of sustained youthfulness, as hinted at by earlier encouragement of seeking out one's own best medical data.

To my great surprise and appreciation, no such magical elixir or formula for sustained longevity appeared. Instead, some critical thinking about what "studies show," the fal
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Reem Ka
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to giveaway this book but i'm so happy that I haven't. This book is an excellent choice for anyone who has no background in medicine and health and seeks to read a medical book written in a simplified form. Also, if I had to choose one word to describe this book, i'd choose the word "knowledge".
Sharon
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
If you want to read about research or studies into this or that area of health, or read about how things should be in medical care, you may want to read this book. But if you want to know the secret to thriving in this brave new world of health, eat right, get enough sleep, and exercise. There, I've spoiled the punch line of this book.
Peter O'Kelly
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Likely already a bit dated (published Jan. 5th, 2016), but still a good and wide-ranging health reality check.

I decided to explore the book after running across a reference to a new company the author has started with Larry Ellison:
https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/19/bil...
Anelie
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. He has changed his mind about some things since his last book, leaving room for personal choice in some of his previous must-dos. He recognizes that there are compelling reasons to not do what he recommends sometimes. I respect and am pleased by his increased flexibility.
Lynn
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was recommended by a friend and colleague just after I was diagnosed with lung cancer last week. Lots of interesting, relevant content, written in an approachable style. It dovetails really closely with another friend recommendation I’m reading called “Why we Sleep.”
Lynda Haghan
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good...good information...need to keep as a ref book
Wan Shoo
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening and tantalizing! I fully appreciate the points being raised. I think the author has covered all grounds of modern health. Read it to have a better future-self.
Sabina Kelly
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a great and informative read. the last part was the best!
Jen Juenke
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Ok overall, did not really tell us how the future will help us in the present.
Dina London
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I finished this a while back, but, frankly, I've forgotten most of the details. The bottom line is that we are lucky to be growing old now as there are so many new disease treatments on the horizon. From my perspective, that is all well and good, but we have to have a decent quality of life AND money to make those years enjoyable. With the first of the baby boom entering retirement, seems like there are a lot of these books on the market now. The question is whether what is outlined is true real ...more
Lynn Pinto
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Heavy content (yes) but no quackery (yea) and leaves you optimistic for the years ahead
Shari Wampler
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Lucky Years by David B. Agus, M.D.
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David Agus is a physician who has written several books on health. His latest book, "The Lucky Years", makes the point that medically we are living in the luckiest time yet to be alive. He discusses the latest in science and technologies and how they will help you to customize your own health care in the near future. He also reiterates prevention; especially the importance of nutrition, sleep, and exercise in m
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Gary
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I like David Agus. I think he's one smart dude, and, no doubt, one hell of a doctor. I have now read two of his books. But quite frankly, this book didn't do a thing for me.

For one thing, this book was very much like his earlier book, The End of Illness. For another, there were little picayune things that gnawed at me: casting aspersions on the Paleo diet without knowing what it is; raving about how statins (and aspirin) are good for you (they're anti-inflammatory!) without explaining why statin
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Anne
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I appreciate the common-sense approach to modern medicine in this book -- much as I did the author's first book. His science is accessible and prescriptions for better health doable. This should be a must-read for anyone in their 20s so they continue to enjoy good health well into old age. We pay for our poor health habits as we age, but this book gives hope even those with chronic illness can improve their situation. Also appreciate the author admits advice from his previous book may not be goo ...more
Anthony Levin
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
It got a little scientific in a few sections, which you may or may not enjoy. The ideas discussed do cause you to think about your habits and intuition, two things that the author states dictate nearly all of our day-to-day decisions. I love the idea of tracking your own health (blood pressure, weight, causes of stress) and then taking it to your doctor, who may be able to design a plan to benefit you, especially if it involves prevention of sickness. In short, it's a good idea to start forming ...more
Mala Ashok
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
As medical books go this one is "heavy." However, really worth reading since it strikes a very positive note about healthcare and good health in general. The book is a veritable treasuure trove of information about steps to follow for good health. Some parts of the book are relevant for the U.S but not for Cnada. All in all worth investing time reading.
Christine Johnston
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a book that used lots of data to support what we already know about living a healthy lifestyle. I did appreciate that he used phrases like "I can't emphasize this enough " because I really focused on those tips. I read this fast and skipped a few chapters because they were overly scientific. I got the gist in the first few paragraphs.
Thibault
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The lucky years is highly optimistic and maybe that's a good things. Lots of reviews of latest medical research holds lots of promises for the future. That being said, this book suggests that your health depends on you being obsessive about routine and balance! I like Dr. Agus, but this book didn't grab me like his last.
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