Surefire Antidote to Anti-Aging Claims

Q: There are so many products touting “anti-aging” effects. Is there a more surefire approach?

A: You’re right to question those claims. Aging starts the minute you are born, and your health and appearance at any given age reflect the cumulative effect of your lifestyle, including your diet and exercise habits, as well as your genes.

One new study in American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that resistance training, long known to help with bone density, may help slow the aging process. Women who did resistance exercises for 24 weeks produced more human growth hormone (a “longevity” hormone whose levels start dwindling after about age 30) than the control group.

What’s more, heavier weights were found to produce more growth hormone than lighter weights. If you don’t do resistance training, start now. Check out
for a simple routine you can do at home or at the gym.

Learn more:
The 10 Best Foods to Fight Aging
Activities That Will Keep You Young

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. As an undergraduate, he majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. You can post a question in the comment field below; you can also call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). To follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York, visit


Mac C.
mac C5 years ago

I knew this article was going to be about exercise, but pleased that you highlight weights and resistance training, more should know. Thank you!

Catherine C.
Catherine C5 years ago

Great article... YOGA.. I know most say.. NOPE.. but.. hot yoga is truly non stressful on your joints.. you get a full workout.. and most of the people I see in my yoga studio( all ages) walk straight.. have slim toned bodies and great overall look..

Maybe this is not so weird afterall!
90 minutes of hard work is better than 90 yrs of pain!

Linda W.
Linda Woodard5 years ago

I am trying to find somewhere why most people in their 60's are falling apart, and maybe this is part of the reason... weights....with the other parts smoking, drinking, diet/weight and of course if hit with a disease/condition (but then I wonder if depending on what it was, it could have been avoided as well). The reason why I am wondering is this: Out of 6 friends who are meeting after 45 years, I am the only one who has basically nothing wrong with her and feel weird in a way as to me, 63 is still young. As an overview: 4 have arthritis; 3 are diabetic; one has had a cornea transplant and a knee replacement; two have just had stress fractured ankles; one has had a hip replacement; one has had hip, knee, ankle and foot problems; one has had gall bladder surgery plus 10 other surgeries since high school (not sure a broken nose counts there, though); 5 (me included) are taking thyroid medicine, but all the other 5 are taking meds for various other conditions while I am just taking estrogen and my vitamins. But besides this, when I look at their photos, I think I do look younger than they do, but we will see once we all meet in person. ;-) So with this said, I DO think the article is correct for the most part as I begin lifting weights in college and today, I can press more now than I could then.

Gwynethrose F.
Gwynethrose F5 years ago

Thank you for sharing the article...not sure I am going to try it, but I may.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for posting this!

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Raiin Blue5 years ago

interesting..thanks for sharing :)

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Interesting. Thank you.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Laura Mancuso
Laura Mancuso6 years ago

Great article. I'm a senior and can certainly appreciate your suggestions. Thanks so much.