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Dr Judy Ford: The Lifestyle Doctor

The Science of Healthy Aging: Books and Courses

Aging is an inevitable process that starts on the day we are born! But most people don't think of aging as a continuous process and the word aging is often only associated with wrinkles, grey hair, limited mobility, and illnesses. Many people even regard the phrase 'healthy aging' as an oxymoron. But as I get older myself, I find that being older has many benefits and I want to stay as healthy as possible to enjoy these days of (relative) leisure.

In most countries, people are gradually living longer but it is estimated that only about 2% of older people have no chronic or acute illness. Truly 'healthy ageing' is rare.

My life's goal has been to understand the biology of aging and to communicate my findings to both the scientific/medical community and to everyone who would like to improve their own health and longevity. My research has been published in the scientific literature and I have also written books, spoken to and created courses for the general public and for health professionals.

To date, many of the simple, lifestyle options for healthy aging have not been shared with the public and conversely, much of the information that is written by bloggers or produced on TV is inaccurate and/or biased. As an experienced science researcher, I make sure that everything I write is as accurate as possible at the time of writing and is based on sound research that is published in reputable scientific journals or on websites from world organisations. Furthermore, I always try to explain the information as simply and clearly as I can. 

I have recently completed creating two online courses. The first is for Health Professionals who are likely to enjoy and benefit from my new (Certificate) ONLINE COURSE ON THE BIOLOGY OF AGEING. The link will take you to the course where you can watch the Introductory Video and see the contents of the whole course before having to make any commitment. This course will especially benefit anyone who gives advice about inflammation and/or nutrition.  For everyone who is now 'middle-aged' and who would like to take some simple steps to optimise their health now and in the coming decades, I have created BECOME THE HEALTHIEST OLDER YOU - a four session course that you'll enjoy as well as benefit from.

My name is Dr Judy Ford and I am a geneticist with a (PhD) doctoral degree. I started undertaking research into lifestyle and health as long ago as 1990 - long before it was fashionable! This is why I call myself the Lifestyle Doctor. But we can't just consider lifestyle on its own, we need to understand how our current lifestyle, life history and genes all interact to affect our health and this is where my work differs from most other people's. Most people appreciate that many of the things we eat and do can affect how we grow old but many don't understand how much this might be influenced by our genes. More importantly, most people don't understand whether their family's problems are caused by bad genes or bad lifestyle? I'll give you are hint - if most members of your family have the problem, it's most likely to be a bad lifestyle, not bad genes!

Hear about my research journey in my interview with Jonathan Marx that explains why I wrote Why We Age and why I am now developing online courses to help everyone to understand the relatively simple lifestyle changes they can adopt to improve their health and well being.

My latest book "Why We Age – Solving the Puzzle of Aging,” solves many questions about growing old, healthy lifestyle and the diseases related to getting old. This book is available from me as a signed copy from the Why We Age page or as a book or Kindle version from Amazon.  To help you apply what you've learnt, I have also created the Why We Age Workbook that you can also download as an ebook on Amazon or obtain as a hard copy from me.


Why We Age contains a great deal of information and I noticed that even many of my close friends were finding it difficult to translate my advice into easy changes in lifestyle. T

Find out more about this book on the Why We Age page. 

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