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Discover the Link Between Health and Wealth

Dr. Michael Roizen discusses the link between health and wealth that could add years to your life and dollars to your retirement savings. Read Transcript

All right, here's some good news.

The longer you have lived so far,

the longer you're going to live.

That said, of course, you want to live

long and strong, with as much health and wealth as possible.

And here's what you can do to make it happen.

NARRATOR: People around the world

are enjoying longer lives than ever before.

But as they age, many are plagued

with illness, uncertainty, and financial strain.

Dr. Michael Roizen is one of the most well-known and respected

doctors in America.

He says our lifestyle choices and behaviors

dictate our health and strength as we grow older.

In his newest book, Age-Proof, he shows us how to live longer,

without running out of money.

And please welcome back to The 700 Club Mr. Age Proof

himself, Dr. Michael Roizen.

Thank you, Wendy.

Great to see you again.

Oh, it's great seeing you.

Well, please tell us-- what is the connection between health

and wealth?

Well, if you don't have enough money,

you're not going to be able to stay healthy.

And if you don't have health, then you're not going--

you going to run out of money pretty fast, because you're

going to spend it.

And not only that, but what we found

is the same 8 behaviors, such as automating your choices.

You want to automatically put money in a 401(k),

you want to have automatic choices for breakfast

and lunch, only make choices at dinner.

You want to have, if you will, a whole bunch of things

that are the same in both areas.

So you want to rely on experts in both areas,

rather than keeping it yourself.

Can that get boring, though?

How do you keep it exciting?

No, no, you keep it exciting by having

a partner who is exciting.

That sounds good.

OK, you say that the longer you live,

the longer that you're going to live.


So most people think if I'm 65, I'm going to die at 79,

or something like that.

But if you're 65, you're going to live to at least 84,

on average.

That means half of the people will live longer than 90,

a quarter live longer than 95, I know Pat has said 100, right?

You know, do you know Pat Robertson just

told me he did 210 sit ups a couple of days ago?

Without stopping.

That's fantastic.

He's 87.

You know he's 87, right?

Yes, I do know he's 87.

So then, according to your clock,

he's probably going to like 107?

Well, in fact, the longer you live,

the longer you're going to live.

So in fact, that's correct for Pat.

And so we should do a celebration on 100.

Plan on it.

I see you have a tape measure there.

This is the most important thing

that you can measure for your health.

You're kidding me.


So your blood pressure is important, all those things,

like sit ups.

But in fact, putting this at your waist--

OK, so we're really going to do this on national TV.

OK, so at my belly button?

Put that at your belly button, and turn around.

Glad I have my Spanx on.


Turn around.

All right.

But we want everyone to do this, and to suck in.

You can lie if you want.

That's fine.

Jesus will forgive you.

It's 29 and a quarter.

I don't know if you can get that on the camera.

But it's 29 and a quarter.

Your height is?

5' 6".

5' 6", so that's--

5 times 12 is 60, plus 6, 66.

So you should be 33 inches or less.

So I'm well under 33 inches, thank God.

And you're 29 and a quarter, so you're

in a very healthy zone.


The reason that's so important is because abdominal fat

causes inflammation right, which ages your arteries,

impedes your immune system from getting rid

of cancer and infections, and rots your brain.

So keeping a narrow waist, like you have,

is a real key for health.

I like you.

You say--


Well, you're already there.

All right, let's talk about this.

It's called a grip meter.

And how can this predict your rate of aging?

Well, what this shows is independent of anything--

independent of arm strength, independent of everything else

your grip strength predicts how long you're going to live.

So let's go ahead and do this.

All right, well Pat has always kind of made fun of me

because I have-- he says I don't have a real strong handshake.

But he's coached me a lot, so maybe it's better now.

Go ahead, squeeze.

So this is my right hand.

Put it down and squeeze as hard as you can.

OK, let's see where it is.

And so it is 52.2.

Oh, that's better than in the rehearsal.

It's better than in the rehearsal, right.

But in fact, as long as it's above 20,

it means you're not likely to die soon.

When it goes-- and so you can keep testing.

These are in drugstores and in your physician's office.

And remember, you've got these little squeeze things

that you can put in your car or any place.

But don't use them both while you're driving, right?

Don't use them both at the same time

while you're driving, right.

Oh, you know what?

You get stronger with those.

You can feel this all the way up to your biceps

and everything.

Right, but you really feel it in here, which

is your grip strength area.

They're in heart shape because of the Cleveland Clinic,


But in fact, that's one of the--

And it's important to have a good grip.

We don't know why, but they did this study, believe it

or not, they came out with small studies on it.

It turns out the World Health Organization did it

in 170 countries.

So I don't know how many countries there are,

but they did a huge study.

And whether it's in a developing country or developed country,

US, it doesn't matter whether it's anyplace,

grip strength correlates with living longer.

I never would have guessed that.

So Pat's right about your handshake.

Oh, I'm working on it.

Working on it, Pat.

All right, so what can we do about the aging effects

of stress?

Because stress is everywhere.

It's so hard to avoid.

Right, so when that guy cuts you off,

put your finger on your belly button,

and take a big breath in through your nose.

Now, the reason through your nose

is it brings in nitric oxide in the back of your nose, which

dilates your arteries.

So you feel less stressed automatically,

stimulates your vagus nerve.

But also, by focusing on your finger,

it should move out if you take a breath in.

Most of us, in fact, breathe the wrong way.

When we're babies-- because we breathe with our chest,

instead of our diaphragm.

So you want to take a big breath in, focus

on your finger going out, blow it out,

and just that focusing gets you--

So your stomach goes out when you're breathing in, which--

Stomach should go out as you breathe in, right, and in

as you breathe out.

By focusing on your finger, you clear your head,

and you don't get mad at the guy who cut you off.

Yeah that's so hard today.

All right-- because people are driving--

people are worse drivers now, or they're angry drivers.

So it's so hard to stay calm when everyone else is angry.

Well, it's also-- we're in a more time crunch now.

if you look at our stress levels now,

we've done this in over 20,000 people

compared to 100,000 38 years--

in 1970 to 1983, our stress levels

on a perceived stress scale were 12.1 for men, 13.7 for women.

Now they're 19 or above.

Higher is more stress, and that is

associated with the development of chronic disease

five years later.

So we're at a very high stress.

All right, here we have a jump rope.

How is this age proofing?

Well this is essentially key for not breaking a hip.

So you know about eating leafy green vegetables

to get calcium and vitamin D, getting a bone density.

But in fact, the most important thing,

the thing that adds density is jumping on a hard surface.

So just doing this with your grandkids--


Look at you.

That's OK.

Oh, we can--

Want to try this?


OK, so you were doing it backwards,

I'm going to do it forward.

Now, you say jumping on a hard surface--

What it does--

That seems like that would be worse.

It stimulates bone growth, so you increase your--


So pretty impressive with your hair and all.

Is my hair moving?

It's going perfect--

even your earrings.


Well, this was a first on TV for me.

Thank you.

So, in fact, the most important thing

for building density and preventing breaking a hip

is in fact jumping on a hard surface,

and having fun with it, too.

What about jumping on a trampoline?

Because a lot of people do that.

So jumping on a trampoline doesn't do the same thing.

So it's apparently the shock of being on a hard surface

stimulates what we call osteoblasts-- that

is, things that increase-- cells that increase your bone


And if you don't have a jump rope, what about jumping jacks?

I did jumping jacks.

Jumping jacks are perfect.

OK, I did a bunch of them yesterday.

Because when I go for my walk, I get bored,

so I'll stop and do jumping jacks.

That's a great thing.


What else can we do to age proof ourselves?

The best thing to age proof yourself is to get a buddy--

both a financial buddy and a healthy buddy.

So the reason is we keep our medical, if you will,

information private.

We tend to keep our financial information private.

But private doesn't mean solo.

And we all need experts to help us.

And a buddy can nudge you, keep you walking,

keep you on the financial right track.

So the most important thing-- get a buddy.

You are so cool, Dr. Roizen.

You jump rope, you do all these cool things,

and you keep us younger.

We really appreciate it.

God bless you.

God bless you.

Well, we've barely scratched the surface.

Dr. Roizen's book is packed with his health tips

and with financial tips from his co-author Jean Chatzky.

Their book is called Age-Proof.

Living longer without running out of money or breaking a hip,

and it's available wherever books are sold.

You can also check out our web exclusive interview with Dr.

Roizen at

You want to check that out, as well.

Thanks again, God bless.

Thank you.

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