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To test your frailty, Dr. Oz says all you need is a pair of walking shoes and a stretch of sidewalk. If you can't walk a quarter mile in six minutes, Dr. Oz says the chance of you dying in five years is 300 times greater than if you can walk the distance in five minutes or less.

"These simple little insights are showing us dramatically how we can affect the health of America if we just focus on the right things," he says.

Want to learn more about how your body's aging? Dr. Oz says scientists have developed a cutting-edge blood test that can tell you everything you need to know about how healthfully you are aging. The testcalled the Biophysical250can also reveal whether you're at risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and other disorders.

"Historically, we get a couple of blood tests here and there and hopefully they make sense together," Dr. Oz says. "Now there are groups that actually can test all of the key indicators of your hormones, your body fat, your inflammation, your blood counts, and, by the way, how you're aging. It's a way of carbon dating our bodies so we can actually figure out how old we are."

Dr. Oz ordered a Biophysical250 for Oprah, and her results are in! "Here's the deal. Your telomeres are actually really good, which is a little surprising because you live under a lot of stress," he tells Oprah. "It really means you're about two years younger than you should be."

The Biophysical250 costs about $1,500 to $3,400the equivalent of a flat-screen TV. Before you run out and order the test, Dr. Oz says that the testing of telomeres is brand new, and for now, primarily used for research. Also, a health assessment is just the first step for people hoping to live longer lives.

"Once you learn about [your health], then you actually have got to act on it," he says. "There's no point in figuring out your age really quickly if you're not going to change that natural history."

Find out more about the test at www.biophysicalyou.com.
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FROM: Dr. Oz on Aging: How to Turn Back Time
Published on January 01, 2006
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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