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Age Later: Healthspan, Lifespan, and the New Science of Longevity

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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 fifty through your eighties and nineties?

Founder of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert
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Published June 16th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Martina This is worse than David Sinclair's book. It's basically a dreary account of animal experiments and the proposed solution of looking for a future silv…moreThis is worse than David Sinclair's book. It's basically a dreary account of animal experiments and the proposed solution of looking for a future silver bullet or magic cure in the form of a treatment or pill that will manipulate your DNA to make you live longer. According to the author, centenarians are basically blessed with good genes, so they live long even if they smoke or are obese and don't exercise. His ambition is to find a pill that will duplicate these super-agers' genetic make up by running lots of experiments on monkeys and mice to see what sticks. Rather grotesque and inhumane.(less)
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Jessie
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this in less than 24 hours because a lot of it was only worthy of skimming. The author's tone is boastful, the writing and editing are poor, and . . . there just isn't much here. I agree with the top Amazon review: "I do not recommend this book. There was a lot of research done on longevity. It seems that genes are an important factor. But to me, the take-away from the book is that maybe someday there will be a pill to help."

Don't bother.
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Peter McCluskey
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books by serious researchers on how to defeat aging are now coming out almost as fast as I have time to read them.

This one mostly aims to enable us live in good health to 115, preferably via a few simple pills.

Age Later is fairly similar to Sinclair's Lifespan. At least, the differences are small compared to how they differ from Aubrey de Grey's Ending Aging. I'm a bit concerned by this, since anti-aging research has not yet demonstrated enough results to justify converging on a single strategy.
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Marian Leica
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciated how the author was willing to offer more insights of his research, what they were thinking at some point or the other, what challenges they faced, and how they go beyond, all these besides the medical recommendations to stay sharp and in good shape.
Anne
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-won
I won Age Later as part of a giveaway. The book was well written. It's not a fast read since the author is part of a study on aging so the book reads like peer reviewed journal article only longer. There are interesting tidbits about aging and stories about individuals/families that make the reading less dry. But the book doesn't present the reader with any new information. It boils down to what we were told as kids "you are what you eat" and "get some exercise". Those with good genes can balanc ...more
Anangsha Alammyan
The author and his team of researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva have been working with a group of centenarians (a person who is a hundred or more years old) to understand why some people live healthy, happy lives until age 120+, while some fall sick and die before they hit 60. 

In this book, he shares the story of how his research has shaped over the years and the fascinating discoveries his team made along the way. The tone is conversational, but you've to pay a lot
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Jennifer Rumack
Just 3 stars. I have read books that provide a deeper level of recommendations on aging in a healthy way. The author is obviously a very smart medical doctor, but he seems to offer "soft" ideas - "We just don't know yet" or "it depends" kinds of concepts. While I understand this, that is not the reason I picked up the book. I took a few concepts away but will not be incorporating others (mainly his medical supplements). ...more
The_J
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-gifts
Detailed map of efforts to find aging, but perhaps it comes down to genetics, and doses of Metformin? Slightly different than genetics (implied) and exercise pushed by the mainstream. Perhaps the best distillate would be Move, Hydrate, Stuff your face less (Whatever your intake drop 10%) and Use your stress rather than be consumed by it.
Martina
Apr 24, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I really wanted to like this book but at some point I simply screamed NO and tossed it. Virtually the entire premise of the book seems to be that the secret to be a happy and healthy centenarian is to be blessed with good genes--so that you don't have to worry about smoking, lack of exercise, or being obese. For the rest of us, there may be hope in the future for a pill or treatment that will tweak our DNA to mimic that of the genetically blessed centenarians. The search for the pill or tre ...more
Sharon
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get that he is a doctor and researcher and trying to help people as they age. I feel that he is too focused on pharmaceuticals as the answer. We all know that drugs come with risks. I also think one of the critical messages is that longevity is by and large genetic and with lifestyle changes we can live well into our later years. I am going to opt for the drug-free option!
Julie
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of interesting material for those interested in growing old gracefully and with health. It underlines that the process is not a passive one. I think anyone who cracked the cover could find something interesting inside.
There is a great deal of research referenced by the author. I am not acquainted with his field of expertise so I cannot advise about the accuracy or reliability of his information and reporting. That is not a criticism. I simply haven't the knowledge base to make
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Eyelandgirl
Interesting overview of the current longevity science. I was especially interested in the study on metformin as an anti aging medication, as I had only found reports on it helping those with diabetes. This book suggests it helps prevent type 2 diabetes in people as they age. I was confused however when he lists what he does/takes and he only says NMN and not metformin?? I also wish he had discussed analogs that could be similar, such as berberine.

I also wonder about the potential and impression
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Thirumalachari Venkataramanan
TODAY I happened to see a book "AGE LATER"BY NIR BARZILAI .M.D.The starting itself will make you jump;"have you heard of the one about the woman , who asked her 80 year old husband, "want to go upstairs & make love "
"I AM SORRY , HONEY "He said , Ican't DO BOTH .
IN THE NEAR FUTURE THE PUNCH LINE MAY NOT WORK Having overcome these limitations you will be enjoying BOTH
These lines have attracted me to read further in the book
He examines the causes which associate with aging like , loss of mobility
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Kerry
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read packed with ALOT of data and research by Nir Barzilai ; however I was left wanting to know the secret; the outcome of all the research. A lot of variables with different people but still informative and insightful. I have kept book to go back to and re read to gleam additional insight to the secret to a long life. Not an easy read but one that anyone on a quest for a healthier and longer life should read. BUT do not expect a single list of do's and don'ts or a diet plan...…... ...more
J. Danielle Wingler
This is my first book on the topic and everything in the book was new to me. I'm excited to see what the future holds, because I wasn't aware of the clinical trials that are on-going. Sad to know that there's little control I can exercise now besides the usual eating healthy (less calories), exercising and maintaining or realigning myself to a positive attitude. I appreciate the author for sharing his knowledge and story. ...more
Davis
Dec 26, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
« We are finally able to say that aging as we know it, is over ».
As if these are the actual words pasted across the back cover….
The book does anything but elucidate aging. A book describing the research career of a scientist. Could have been summed up in 1 chapter. Not worth the read in my opinion.
Mark G
Nov 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great argument for the possible use of Metformin for longevity. Seemingly complex science written for a general audience easy to understand. A good bit left unsolved, will their be a sequel when the metformin trials are complete?
Candy
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty technical, but the author shares hope of longer, healthier lives through chemistry.
Gail Sarasohn
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great wealth of info.
Kayt18
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. Helpful for any age
Tibercubmom
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Very informative and learned a lot. Highly recommend it if you'd like to learn about this topic. ...more
Avi Roy
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
A well-written book describes that describes many of the latest developments in the science and medicine of longevity for the lay audience.
Lydia Butynski
This is pretty technical read. It is full of interesting research and some helpful information.
Barbara
Nir Barzilai, M.D. discusses recent medical research into aging and what can be learned from the results.
Oren Milman
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Reading it wasn't as enjoyable as reading Lifespan by David Sinclair, but it was quite informative.

Overall, I am happy I have read it.
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Sarah Mckeen
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although dry at times, I found this book to be very informative.
Ryan Stevens
Rating this after a number of weeks since reading the book, but i'm having trouble recalling key takeaways. I wish the book got more into the deeper research and into practical applications. ...more
Maximilian Ltz
Well written, few interesting & promising outlooks, however not a lot of news if you read Sinclair before.
Julian Schrittwieser
Some interesting information, but could really have used some more editing - the writing is a bit of a misch-masch.

I recommend Lifespan from David Sinclair instead.
Estare K. Weiser
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medicine
Useful reminders and review of the current research on aging.
Relevant for baby boomers.
Elizabeth Chabe
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great birthday read! ;)
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