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The Link Between Health and Wealth

Author Dr. Michael Roizen shares how to add years to your lie while adding dollars to your bank account. Read Transcript

ANDREW: 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.

Dr. Roizen joins us now.

Welcome to 700ClubInteractive.

It's great to be here, Andrew, thank you.

We're thrilled to have you.

So health and wealth, you say we need

to try and shape up in both categories at the same time.

Well, they're very related.

So can you have health without wealth?

Maybe when you're young, but it takes some money

as you get older to be able to stay healthy.

And wealth without health, it's not

going to last because you're going to have to spend it

on your health, if you will.

So they're very interrelated.

And what happened, Jean Chatzky and I

were doing a pilot for a TV show, we failed.

It was called "The Experts."

[INAUDIBLE] was doing it.

I'm sorry about that, Dr. Roizen.

Me too, but she was the financial expert.

I was the health expert.

There was a fashion expert, a legal expert, et cetera.

And she and I started to learn so much from each other

during the pilot.

You know, it's only three days, but we learned an awful lot.

So she called about two weeks later and said,

let's do a book together because the same choices

you make in health and in wealth keep you healthy and wealthy.

So it's not a failure because now you have this great book.

But do some people think look, this

is a little overwhelming for me to focus

on my health and my checkbook at the same time with goals.

It's a little overwhelming.

So that's right.

So you can do things in small steps and build.

So she has a feeling, don't diet while you're

correcting your credit card debt and don't correct your credit

card debt while you're dieting.

But in fact, the same behaviors--

that is the first assessing what you're

doing and then automating it.

So the changes you make are the same for both.

Both in our finances and our health

is, isn't sometimes the assessment one of the hardest


Facing the realities.

Right, we don't want to look in the mirror.

We stick our heads in the sand and we hope that everything's

going to come out OK, both for our health and our wealth,

and in fact, that's absolutely the wrong behavior

because the most important things we want as we get older

are our health and our wealth.

And with just a little bit of change earlier on, or even

later on, and that's the great news.

You can make up for lost time.

Is just a little bit of change and getting a little help,

you can be both healthy and wealthy as you get older.

With our health though, is the book

an attempt to slow down the aging process, stop the aging


What's the goal?

Well, the goal is to slow down the aging process as much as

possible, and to make it so that you thrive as you get older.

But in fact, there's a lot of data--

and we put some of it in the book--

a lot of data on how we may be able to really radically change

that by regenerating both stem cells.

And those stem cells, in fact, causing

us to be able to regenerate organs

as though they were much younger,

and so us to get vibrant.

But what we know now, you can really

slow down the aging process, and be vibrant much longer.

Well, we want to talk about some goals

because like your book said, it made me think.

When I'm a grandfather, I want to be

able to be out playing with my grandkids,

running around, et cetera.

What do we have for some goals to set?

Well, in fact, that's what you should do.

The first thing you do is to assess yourself and say,

where am I?

So I brought the grip strength meter here.

Do you always carry that around with you?

I don't, but when I'm on the 700 Club,

you've got to have fun things to do.

So when this gets to zero, I'm going

to have you squeeze it, and say how hard you can do.

OK, squeeze as hard as you can.

Hard, hard, hard, hard, hard.

You know, you killed the women on the show earlier.

Oh, did I do pretty well?

You did sensationally.

That's excellent.

Sensational, I haven't been told that in a long time.


So what does that mean for my health?

What does that tell you?

What it means, I mean, the grip meter

is just something that's you're going to die soon.

The other tests are [INAUDIBLE] So

this shows that your muscles strengthen

and your grip, which is a key component-- we don't know

why it's such a key component in how long you're going to live.

It shows that you've got a lot more years left.

Excellent news.

And now this one, this is the waist test.

So this is an assessment around your waist.

It's just like checking your debt, right.

I'm about a 36 or so.

I don't know if that helps since I'm probably

not going to stand up and put that around my waist.

You're not?

Should I?

I don't know if you guys are ready for that.

Go ahead, try it.

At your belly button with you sucking in.

I'm standing up now.

I can suck in?

Yeah, that's the goal.

Suck in.

Put it underneath the jacket, that's right.

This is exciting.

All right.

At the belly button.

That's a little low for your belly button.

I think it's gotten too big here.

OK, well--

Can you see it?

We didn't rehearse, see, that's the problem.

Tell you what, I've got a version of it that's

even more flexible than that.

So put this on at, let's make sure I've

got it at the right side.

We've got to get it the other way.

You know they're laughing at me back there in the control


That's OK.


Put it at your belly button.

Now turn around.

No, the other way.

You can see we didn't rehearse.

I'm just a talker, Dr Roizen.

Keep turning all the way.

OK, suck in.

So you're at 34.


So for guys--

Took two minutes to find out I'm a 34.

So for guys, aging doesn't happen

until they get more than 37.

It be half your height, but really, we have an--

I'm six foot tall.

So six feet is 72 inches.

So it should be 36 or less for ideal.

You're 34.

So you're at the ideal mark.

So I'm doing OK.

You're doing great.

I had some turning around, but other than that,

the number was OK.

And we've got blood pressure.

There are, in fact--

I'm on blood pressure medicine.

There are 17.

So blood pressure is a very important thing and so

it's good thing you're taking it.

We're not going to take your blood pressure.

That would take an hour, wouldn't it?

But no, it's a fast device.

But the point is that there are self-tests in the book for both

your finances and your health that

allow you to assess where you are so you

know what you have to do.

How important is stress regarding your health?

What kind of toll does it take?

So stress is the greatest ager and financial stress

is the greatest stress we have.

So if you will, of the 13 major life stresses, eight of them,

bankruptcy, large debt, taking on a new mortgage,

being forced to move to a new city, getting marriage.

All the major financial things that occur in your life

are the major stresses we have.

So they are very important.

So first thing, assess where you are.

Second is figure out how to do it automatically.

So putting money in a 401(k) automatically.

Putting money for saving it in an emergency account.

So you don't have to think about things

once you've made the decision.


Third thing is learn to manage stress

because it's so important, both for getting

rid of financial stress, and managing your health.

What about to millennials, that age group watching this

say, I don't need to worry about this stuff now.

This is decades away.

Should they be concerned?

Well, the earlier you start, the easier it is.

So for example, if you start when

you're 25 saving money with your first job,

it compounds over your life span.

So it makes it much, much easier.

Now, the Fed has done us a disadvantage

in making it so that you can't just

put money in a savings bank.

You've got to have some experts.

And that's another thing, although your finances

and your medicine we consider private, meaning they're

things we like to keep to ourselves.

You want buddies, you want experts

who know how to do it so that you can compound money.

And this book is a great place to start.

It is called "Age Proof".

It's already New York Times bestseller, correct?

Right, but it should get a great bump today.

Of course, especially after seeing me

stand up and spin around.


I appreciate the quick physical we got.

It's a great book, I really encourage you to get it.

Thanks for joining us, Dr. Roizen.

Thank you, Andrew.


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