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

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  46 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
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
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
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
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. ...more
Jan 08, 2016 added it
Everything in moderation. Seek multiple references.
It is the same advice my parents always gave me.
Jul 15, 2021 rated it liked it
There was a lot of good information in this, although there was not a lot of new ground broken here. Much is common sense - eat sensibly, exercise moderately, try not to sit for prolonged periods of time, control your stress, and find your purpose. That does not make it without worth. It is good to listen to the perspective of a respected oncologist about how to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Items of note:

You have to do what's right for you, based on your personal code of
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! :)
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
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
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
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
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
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
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
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started this a few years back and picked it back up as I was recently making some health changes, losing weight, eating better, working out, etc. Agus presents plenty of Atypical Gobbledygook of Undetermined Significance. As a healthcare professional I’m dismayed by how our health is misunderstood and how often science is misrepresented, or downright wrong in 2019. All of which Agus plods on about. He presents an engaging argument that with the current usual proper medical care, and by taking ...more
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". ...more
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.
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. ...more
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Feb 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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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.”
Chu Qiao
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to maintain a healthy life style? I learn some tips and lessons from the book. We are indeed living in the lucky years equipped with data and science.

move + sleep + muscle builder + water + tracking your biological data,
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!
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.
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.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Very interesting book that provided valuable insight into lifestyle changes that everyone can employ to ensure a more prosperous future.
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
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: health, genetics
Much of this book deals with recent and about to be available medical advances using genetics or technology. On the way there are little side stories, for instance the treatment they devised for Steve Jobs, that are quite interesting.
The Next
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

The Lucky Years by David B. Agus, M.D.
238 pages

What’s it about?
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
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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Dr. David B. Agus is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. Over the past twenty years he’s received acclaim for his innovations in medicine and contributions to new technologies that will change how all of us maintain our health. He’s also built a reputation for having a unique way of looking at the relationship of the body to health and disease. He expla ...more

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