The Longevity Project : Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight Decade Study, Paperback

The Longevity Project : Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight Decade Study Paperback

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We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run.

Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, "The Longevity Project" exposes what really impacts our lifespan - including friends, family, personality and work.

Gathering new information and using modern statistics to study participants across eight decades, Dr Howard Friedman and Dr Leslie Martin bust myths about achieving health and long life.

For example, people do not die from working long hours at a challenging job - many who worked the hardest lived the longest.

Getting and staying married is not the magic ticket to long life, especially if you're a woman. And it's not the happy-go-lucky ones who thrive - it's the prudent and persistent who flourish through the years.

With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fitness & diet
  • ISBN: 9781848504318



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Dr Terman interviewed over 1,500 bright children and their parents and teachers in the early 1920s. He was hoping to find what determines success, so he followed them throughout their lives. He didn't manage to find an answer for what makes you successful (see Malcolm Gladwell's very good "Outliers" for that), but in one of those serendipitous things that happen in science, instead he left and enormous amount of data regarding these people's lives.The authors, Friedman and Martin, along with various other collaborators, have trawled through Terman's data for 20 years, trying to answer questions about what determines longevity.I found it utterly fascinating. It is one of the best written books about science, and particularly, statistics, that I've read in ages.It has enormous implications for health policy. All GPs and health professionals should read it. You should read it to see what really affects your health and longevity.

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