Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, is one of the developers of the Real Age test on the Internet. You know your chronological age, but go to www.realage.com and take the test to find out what your “real age” is. The test tells you how well you are taking care of yourself. Your lifestyle – what you eat, how much you exercise and so on – can make you more vulnerable to degenerative diseases of age such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke or dementia. Or it can make you much less vulnerable.
The Real Age test highlights behaviors that help and those that do damage. Roizen is in his 60s but his real age is in the 40s, because he takes good care of himself. It can go the other way, too. Your lifestyle may be lengthening – or shortening – your life. The Real Age test can help predict how long you are likely to live. But what really matters to me is feeling great physically as long as I am alive, and the test clarifies the behaviors that enable that.
How old are you, really?