Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge, and Gail Sheehy by Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge, and Gail Sheehy - Read Online
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Co-written by one of the country's most prominent internists, Dr. Henry "Harry" Lodge, and his star patient, the 73-year-old Chris Crowley, Younger Next Year for Women is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. This is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. Using the same inspired structure of alternating voices, Chris and Harry have recast material specifically for women, who already live longer and take better care of themselves than men. New material covers menopause and post-menopause, as well as cardiac disease, osteoporosis, sexuality, and more.

This is the book that can show us how to turn back our biological clocks—how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. The key to the program is found in Harry's Rules: Exercise six days a week. Don't eat crap. Connect and commit to others. There are seven rules all together, based on the latest findings in cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and experimental psychology. Dr. Lodge explains how and why they work—and Chris Crowley, who is living proof of their effectiveness (skiing better today, for example, than he did twenty years ago), gives the just-as-essential motivation.

Both men and women can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, then continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure deep into our 80s and beyond.

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Introduction

This is a book that can change your life. It will tell you how you can turn back your biological clock and be functionally younger next year and for years to come. A heady claim, but a deadly serious one.

There’s a curious thing, however. This is a book for women, and yet it’s written by two men: Harry, a forty-seven-year-old doctor who is not an expert in women’s health, and Chris, his seventy-one-year-old friend, patient and demo model. Let us explain. A year ago, we published Younger Next Year, a deeply optimistic book about the new science that is transforming aging in America. While most of the information in it applies equally to women and men, we cast it as a man’s book, largely because we presented our program through the lens of Chris’s life—and Chris, no matter how you look at it, is not a woman.

The book became a best seller and has changed the way a lot of people lead their lives. But as the book’s success grew, so did our conviction that we needed to get our message across to women as well. We knew that women, who continue to buy the book for their husbands or lovers, their brothers, fathers or friends, loved it. They told us they had no trouble reading a man’s book . . . and no trouble enjoying Chris’s rough-and-tumble approach. It turns out they’d had enough Jergen’s Lotion poured on their heads by the women’s magazines to last a lifetime, so blunt felt good. Still, they kept asking us when we were going to write a woman’s version. Why should they have to read over some guy’s shoulder?

We decided to give it a shot. As a first step, we checked the bookstore. There were aisles and aisles of books for women about disease: books, many of them excellent, about breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and menopause (which is not a disease but is often treated as one). But nothing about health. . . nothing about just how terrific the thirty-plus years after menopause can and should be. And that’s when we went to work.

We took the original Younger Next Year and Harry added the information women need about menopause, osteoporosis and a few other gender-specific issues. Chris rewrote his chapters to reflect the very different angle from which women approach aging. But we did not rewrite the biology or the fundamental advice. We didn’t have to. Chris is still the floor model for the simple reason that the biology of health is virtually identical between men and women.

Think about that for a moment. Disease is often gender-specific, but health is gender-neutral. Biological responses to disease and to medications are different. Things like breast cancer and osteoporosis are obvious, but heart disease—the number one killer of women—is essentially a different disease for women. Different symptoms, different tests, different treatments. But great health—and the optimism, energy, strength and focus that go with it—is gender-neutral. And great health is what this book is all about.

A final point. The two of us are absolutely messianic about the importance of changing the way we live and age in this country. The way we do it now—our idleness, isolation, obesity, illness and apathy—is a disastrous waste. An outrage, frankly. Women, we sense, are quicker to pick up on that than men. They seem to know something is wrong and to be more interested in change. They are quicker to go to the gym or the yoga studio . . . quicker to find new ways of connecting and committing to others. Quicker to weed out the absolutely rotten food in their diets. Women are, in a word, naturals for the kind of change we’re talking about. We hope that you will read our book, enjoy it and then join the revolution.

Chris Crowley and Harry Lodge

New York City

PART ONE

Take Charge of Your Body

CHAPTER ONE

The Next Forty Years

Okay, you’re a terrific woman, maybe in your late forties, maybe your early sixties, and your life has gone pretty well. You have good energy, decent gifts, and right now you seem to be heading into a particularly nice stretch. The kids are getting big or are gone. Old Fred, if he’s around, is taking care of himself, and the relationship is taking some nice turns, getting a little calmer. For some reason—menopause or whatever—you feel as if it’s time, at rather long last, to look after yourself and your own, serious business. Time to take your own affairs, your own life, your own needs in hand and do something. Maybe something pretty