Changing Your Life Expectancy

Day, John & others. The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China. Harper. Jul. 2017. 304p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780062319814. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062319838. HEALTH
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Day was a stressed-out, three-doughnuts-and-five-medications-a-day, premier cardiologist and heart surgeon when he found out about a small village in southern China with an uncommon number of healthy centenarians. Intrigued, he decided to visit the community to find out the secret of their long lives. The result is this engagingly written book filled with simple yet profound advice on how to live not only long but well. Gleaned from the often dramatic life stories of the Chinese villagers and supported by scientific studies, seven basic principles are outlined to help readers make positive lifestyle changes. Day, along with coauthors Jane Day and Matthew LaPlante, admits that none of the suggestions (eat better, move more, be positive) are particularly new. Yet the fundamental messages coming from individuals who are still active at well over 100 years old, provide a fresh perspective and plenty of inspiration for implementing better habits. VERDICT A universally appealing book for those interested in good health and life extension through natural living and a positive ­attitude.Janet Tapper, Univ. of Western States Lib., Portland, OR

Marklund, Bertil. The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer: 10 Easy Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life. Greystone. Apr. 2017. 152p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9781771642910. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781771642927. HEALTH
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Swedish physician and researcher Marklund (medicine, Gothenburg Univ.) packs a lot of common sense and sound health advice into few pages, noting that most studies now point to inflammation as the culprit in many chronic “lifestyle” diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. His book offers ten simple steps based on the Swedish lifestyle, encouraging us to be active and optimistic, eat and drink in moderation (not too much!), and get plenty of rest. By following this advice and living without excess, we can decrease inflammation and increase our life span. While most of this book is straightforward and the tone neutral, the chapter on loneliness and how to overcome it is slightly condescending. ­VERDICT A quick, no-nonsense guide on how to be healthier that will appeal to general readers.Janet Tapper, Univ. of Western States Lib., Portland, OR

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