Dr Oz: What Is Your RealAge?
Dr. Oz welcomed the creators of the RealAge Test to his show today. Dr. Michael Roizen calls the RealAge Test a report card for how you are aging because it takes every aspect of your life into consideration to determine your RealAge, which might be younger, or older, than your “calendar” age. Dr. Roizen says the age on your driver’s license is simply the number of years you have been alive, but you do not age according to that number. He explained you age based on habits, lifestyle and genetics, which makes your RealAge a truly personalized look at how you are really doing and whether you are aging too quickly or at just the right pace.
Dr Oz: Can You Improve Your RealAge?
Dr. Keith Roach, one of the creators of the RealAge Test, says while you cannot control your genetics you can definitely control every other factor that causes your body to age. He says regardless of your RealAge there are several things you can do to improve that number and improve your health.
Dr Oz: RealAge Test Questions
Dr. Oz recommends you begin by taking the RealAge Test, which can be found at his website. He shared the first set of questions:
- How tall are you?
- How much do you weigh?
- What is your waist size?
Dr. Michael Roizen says these questions are an important place to start because they focus on the amount of fat in your body, especially belly fat, which puts you at higher risk for heart disease.
Dr Oz: Lack Of Sleep & Increased Risk For Heart Disease
Dr. Oz believes sleep is the most under appreciated daily habit. It plays a key role in your overall health and how fast you age, which is why there are two questions devoted to it on the RealAge Test.
- On a typical day, about how many hours do you sleep?
- How often do you take a prescription or over-the-counter medications for sleep?
Dr. Keith Roach says we do not know exactly why sleep is so important, but a lack of it has definitely been linked to heart disease and a weakened immune system. Dr. Oz added you will almost definitely gain weight if you do not get enough sleep.
Dr Oz: Does High Blood Pressure Cause Aging?
The next set of questions on the RealAge Test ask about your blood pressure and cholesterol. Do you know the answers to these questions? Dr. Oz says in most cases, if a person does not know these numbers they are most likely not good.
- Do you know your blood pressure?
- Do you know your total cholesterol level?
- Do you know your HDL level?
Dr. Michael Roizen says these numbers are very important because blood pressure and cholesterol greatly affect the aging process, with a good blood pressure adding up to eight years to your life!