Prolonging quality life has driven advances in science in recent years and sparked a paradigm shift in health care. Approaches that place habits as protagonists of long-term well-being are becoming increasingly recommended tools for aging well. Just like lifestyle medicine, based on pillars such as diet, physical activity, quality of sleep, control of smoking, alcoholism and stress, in addition to maintaining relationships.
This new perspective promotes a more preventive and proactive attitude towards health. “People began to understand the importance of anticipating problems instead of waiting for them to arrive. The doctor now takes on the role of counselor, helping the patient make decisions to promote health”, says Andréia Fogaça, specialized in longevity medicine and CEO of Consultório do Futuro.
To help you take the first steps on this journey, we selected books that are references on the subject. From the harm caused by glycemic spikes elucidated by the Frenchwoman Jessie Inchauspé in her The Glucose Revolution (ed. Objetiva) to the culture of immediate gratification that has turned us into dopamine addicts, examined by professor Anna Lembke in Nação Dopamina (ed. Vestígio): Check out works that address essential themes in building a healthy old age.
The Glucose Revolution (ed. Objective)
Understanding how blood sugar levels affect the body will be a revolution for well-being, proposes French biochemist Jessie Inchauspé, known for her Instagram account @GlucoseGoddess. Based on scientific data and observation from decades of research, she explains how excess glucose contributes to immediate issues such as weight gain and tiredness and, in the long term, to the development of chronic diseases.
Dopamine Nation (ed. Vestígio)
American psychiatrist and professor Anna Lembke investigates the excess of available stimuli and how this has created a culture of addicts to immediate pleasure. The reading clarifies the mechanism of action of dopamine, the most important neurotransmitter in processing the sensation of reward, and explains that, over time, we need to repeat the same action more and more to achieve this sensation, which makes habits apparently harmless. in compulsive behaviors.
Outlive: The Art and Science of Living Longer and Better (ed. Intrínseca)
One of the greatest experts on the subject, Peter Attia creates a practical guide to taking control of your own health. The oncologist explains that it is necessary to understand and face the chronic diseases of aging. They are mostly diagnosed late and treated to extend the years without thinking about their quality. Attia offers strategies for change and reminds us that aging is a process influenced by several factors.