How Doctors Stay Young


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The Fountain of Youth may not actually exist, but there are things we can do to keep our brains and bodies young (or at least, from aging more quickly than they need to).

We asked six top doctors what they do regularly to maintain their vitality. Steal their tips, which they share below — and be sure to tell us yours in the comments.


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“I love what I do, I am surrounded by people I love and connect with, I eat cleanly, move my body as often as I can, take frequent saunas, and take long walks on the beach or in the woods.”

Frank Lipman, MD, integrative and functional medicine expert and author of The New Health Rules


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“Staying young means preserving vitally and maximizing health. The formula for disease-proofing ourselves is: feet (physical exercise), forks (optimal diet), fingers (avoid toxins like those found in cigarettes), sleep (try to get enough), stress (manage it and maintain a balance), and love (both loving relationships and doing the things you love). It can extend longevity, adding years to your life and essentially, adding life to your years.”

David Katz, MD, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and author of Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well

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“I exercise nearly every evening: a brisk walk on the treadmill during the Cleveland winters and a bike ride or outdoor walk in the summer.”

- Steven Nissen, MD, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic


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“I try to make time for my body, mind, and soul every day. For body, it can be anything from taking my dog for [a] walk to throwing a football with my son. For mind, I try to learn something every day. My children also keep me young. The fun is watching them grow up.”

Michael Breus, PhD, sleep expert and author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep

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“I found that as I get older, the best thing for me is exercise and sleep. Most people don’t realize how important sleep is, but it’s extremely important so I try to shoot for eight hours.”

- Hilda Hutcherson, MD, gynecologist and associate dean of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and author of What Your Mother Never Told You About S-E-X


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“Stay active mentally and physically — don’t stop moving.”

- Neal Schultz, MD, New York City-based dermatologist and founder of and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz.

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