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We all want to be healthier, stronger and live longer, but what really works? From stress to saturated fats, HIIT to HRT, veganism to vitamins, This Book Could Save Your Life debunks the fads and explores the real science of better health. What's the best way to lose weight (and keep it off)? How can you ensure a good night's sleep? What are the real superfoo We all want to be healthier, stronger and live longer, but what really works? From stress to saturated fats, HIIT to HRT, veganism to vitamins, This Book Could Save Your Life debunks the fads and explores the real science of better health. What's the best way to lose weight (and keep it off)? How can you ensure a good night's sleep? What are the real superfoods? How can you minimise the risks of getting diabetes, cancer or Alzheimer's? And how can you slow the ageing process? Cutting through confusing statistics and terrifying headlines, here is the truth about dieting, drugs, 10,000 steps a day, bacon, calorie-counting, coffee, dairy, sleep, fibre, hangovers, salt, sugar, cardio, sunscreen, statins, vitamins, and much more. Full of the latest research and ground-breaking evidence, packed with useful advice, this book really could save your life.


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We all want to be healthier, stronger and live longer, but what really works? From stress to saturated fats, HIIT to HRT, veganism to vitamins, This Book Could Save Your Life debunks the fads and explores the real science of better health. What's the best way to lose weight (and keep it off)? How can you ensure a good night's sleep? What are the real superfoo We all want to be healthier, stronger and live longer, but what really works? From stress to saturated fats, HIIT to HRT, veganism to vitamins, This Book Could Save Your Life debunks the fads and explores the real science of better health. What's the best way to lose weight (and keep it off)? How can you ensure a good night's sleep? What are the real superfoods? How can you minimise the risks of getting diabetes, cancer or Alzheimer's? And how can you slow the ageing process? Cutting through confusing statistics and terrifying headlines, here is the truth about dieting, drugs, 10,000 steps a day, bacon, calorie-counting, coffee, dairy, sleep, fibre, hangovers, salt, sugar, cardio, sunscreen, statins, vitamins, and much more. Full of the latest research and ground-breaking evidence, packed with useful advice, this book really could save your life.

30 review for This Book Could Save Your Life: The Science of Living Longer Better

  1. 5 out of 5

    Colin Maclennan

    This is an excellent book. The author is a science writer for the "New Scientist" and as one might expect, the writing is clear and straightforward, apart only from a very occasional lapse into colloquial lanquage. What does "more mouth than trousers" mean as a verdict on a supplement? But a real strength of this book is that it is so well laid out. It is broken down into upwards of 50 sections- "the truth about ......". making it very easy to find the bit that interests you. It is a pity that t This is an excellent book. The author is a science writer for the "New Scientist" and as one might expect, the writing is clear and straightforward, apart only from a very occasional lapse into colloquial lanquage. What does "more mouth than trousers" mean as a verdict on a supplement? But a real strength of this book is that it is so well laid out. It is broken down into upwards of 50 sections- "the truth about ......". making it very easy to find the bit that interests you. It is a pity that the "Contents" page missed out on some editing - one or two truths included in the text are omitted from the contents, and one or two are strangely corrupted, as "The truth about healthy smoking" !!! There was one place in the book where I was brought up short. "The truth about recreational drugs" reports the conclusion of the UK's Independant Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) that alcohol is the most damaging drug of all, with a harm score of 72 (out of 100), compared to heroin at 55, and crack cocaine at 54. Wow, I thought. Does that mean I would be better taking the odd shot of heroin than the occasional glass of wine with dinner? No, that is not quite what is meant, although the writer seems to be suggesting that. The ISCD report distinguishes two types of harm, harm to the individual and harm to society as a whole. Alcohol's high overall harm score is because of the amount of harm it does to wider society - domestic violence, drunken driving and so on. But this book is about the effect on the individual of a range different life style choices. Looking only at harm to the individual, alcohol is not nearly as harmful as heroin or crack cocaine, though it is still quite harmful, even at quite low levels, more so than smoking, which surprised me. But the whole question of how the individual should respond to the wider social impact of a drug is a complex one. My consumption of the odd glass of wine with my dinner is quite irrelevant to the wider social problems of domestic violence, drunken driving, and so on, though it is highly relevant to its harm to my health. The ISCD report in Lancet is not an easy read. It would be good subject for a New Scientist article. Perhaps it was at the time? Overall, a very useful book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ines

    A nice, fresh read. When you're a person who tries to keep up and read all of the scientific news regarding health you will probably now some of the things in the book, but if you are tired of all the fads and trends and lost track of what you should or shouldn't do to live a healthy long life this book is perfect. Quick to read and definitely worth it. A nice, fresh read. When you're a person who tries to keep up and read all of the scientific news regarding health you will probably now some of the things in the book, but if you are tired of all the fads and trends and lost track of what you should or shouldn't do to live a healthy long life this book is perfect. Quick to read and definitely worth it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Very broad and informative.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dorina Timbur

    A really good, to-the-point book about many health related topics. I learned plenty of new things and explored in more details stuff I knew but only on surface.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Rout

    Very informative, lots of little nuggets of good information!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    As an already health conscious person, this book was a wonderful read. I absolutely loved that this book wasn’t an admonishment or a telling off to those who perhaps didn’t go to the gym as often as they should or who frequented fast food joints more than their kitchen. It was a perfect balance and a fantastic compendium of the science of health, food, exercise and sleep. I particularly loved the chapter about ageing too. It’s an incredibly interesting topic. This book is a must for anyone! As l As an already health conscious person, this book was a wonderful read. I absolutely loved that this book wasn’t an admonishment or a telling off to those who perhaps didn’t go to the gym as often as they should or who frequented fast food joints more than their kitchen. It was a perfect balance and a fantastic compendium of the science of health, food, exercise and sleep. I particularly loved the chapter about ageing too. It’s an incredibly interesting topic. This book is a must for anyone! As long as your human, you need to read this book. It’s an honest affront of all things that all needs to hear. Whether they think themselves the fittest of all or those who would like to do more. The book offers helpful advice from a science backing and none of the nonsense fads or get quick fit rubbish which is inundating the health market. It helps too that the author of this book too is honest and adds plenty of humour into the pages. Just a great book all in all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matt Hodson

    Yep it’s fine. It repeatedly declares that there are no quick fixes and then repeats the usual mantras of fruit, veg and exercise. In that sense it is a serious book and a useful baseline for getting health right. But i can’t say it really changes my life much, let alone saving it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deepak Rana

    Great nuggets of health info

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Brilliant read! Utterly fascinating; it opened my eyes to a few new things, things that give me hope for a good future (both mentally and physically). This book is packed full of advice on what you really need to do to be healthy. It’s truthful about fads, it debunks some shite, and is generally all-round helpful. He’s honest when he doesn’t have an absolute answer to something (which is often - and that’s not only understandable, but it’s respectable as well), but he points you in the right direct Brilliant read! Utterly fascinating; it opened my eyes to a few new things, things that give me hope for a good future (both mentally and physically). This book is packed full of advice on what you really need to do to be healthy. It’s truthful about fads, it debunks some shite, and is generally all-round helpful. He’s honest when he doesn’t have an absolute answer to something (which is often - and that’s not only understandable, but it’s respectable as well), but he points you in the right direction saying, “Listen there’s no proof this will help you/make you ill, but it’s probable and given that no one knows any better, why not give it a go/miss” This book really COULD save your life. 4.5 Stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roger M

    Like other reviewers, I found this an easy to read overview of the current scientific research on health. It is very well written for its purpose: conveying scientific information in a one practical, engaging and non- patronising way for lay readers. It may confirm what you already thought but provide scientific corroboration to help improve your conscious and subconscious commitment to adopting healthy lifestyle choices. Recommended

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dragana Ružić

    It wasn’t like a normal self help book. It was very scientific and full of information - about sleep, alcohol, calories, you name it it’s in there. It was very interesting and it was nice to read something that wasn’t always telling you that you’re right for your choices. Sometimes eating 50 chocolate bars and sleeping for 2 hours ISN’T okay! Good book overall.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

    Really interesting and finally gave me some scientific evidence of what works and what doesn't and what we don't yet know for sure. It will help you make the decisions you need for yourself and your family. Really interesting and finally gave me some scientific evidence of what works and what doesn't and what we don't yet know for sure. It will help you make the decisions you need for yourself and your family.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Titcomb

    Very digestible and authoritative book, Lawton does a great job of showing where science doesn't have an answer, balancing relative risk, and not pooh-poohing the powerful placebo effect of otherwise baseless remedies. I'll endeavour to eat more vegetables. Very digestible and authoritative book, Lawton does a great job of showing where science doesn't have an answer, balancing relative risk, and not pooh-poohing the powerful placebo effect of otherwise baseless remedies. I'll endeavour to eat more vegetables.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nisha Patel

    Very interesting and readable although sometimes it does get a bit scientific in some places.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I found this book very easy to understand. It was clear, concise and very informative. The writing style is clear and almost in layman's terms. I learned a lot. I found this book very easy to understand. It was clear, concise and very informative. The writing style is clear and almost in layman's terms. I learned a lot.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ian Wilson

    Good read some useful ideas with some interesting takes on ideas presented elsewhere.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Susan Farrington

    Excellent One of the best books i have read about health and longevity. Thoroughly recommended. Easy for the average person to read and understand.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Carr

    Brilliant Would have given five stars, but the evolution bits were annoying. Loads of common sense here, based on proper clinical trials and evidence.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    A good generalist book, and easy to read. I prefer more detail.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charles Aldridge

    Does exactly what it says on the tin! Extremely easy to read and understand, exactly what NewScientist is about.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Interesting book. Debunks various myths around vitamins & supplements. Also explains many things clearly and reasonably e.g. about diet, sleep, exercise etc.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Clear, crisp and tying everything back to the best (currently existing) scientific research. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in living a healthy, evidence-based, lifestyle.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Álvaro Montero

    Scientist based data to adress world common doubts about healthy lifestyle habits.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wen Jun Ong

    Most comprehensive book that I have read on the topic of health. Highly recommended

  25. 4 out of 5

    kReN

    insightful, evidence-based guide to healthy living, easy to read and very informative

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sian Powell

    This book is no fad book promising miracles if you do this or that. It is a look at the best current science regarding how to look after your health. There was not really anything startling new for me. Eat vegetables, exercise and get enough sleep are the main messages. For those who do get confused by some of the conflicting messages we currently get this does cut through some of the headlines to the science underneath.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karim

    I could assure you that this book will save your life by improving your lifestyle. I have to admit that this book challenged me personally in many ways. It is based on recent researches; as you all know that scientific facts might change from time to time especially those ones in the medical field. Each year new theories and trials disproves and debunk the older ones. For instance, it was thought that saturated fats is not good for you but not anymore. I am glad that I had the time to read this I could assure you that this book will save your life by improving your lifestyle. I have to admit that this book challenged me personally in many ways. It is based on recent researches; as you all know that scientific facts might change from time to time especially those ones in the medical field. Each year new theories and trials disproves and debunk the older ones. For instance, it was thought that saturated fats is not good for you but not anymore. I am glad that I had the time to read this book during the lockdown. You will certainly learn more about dieting, exercising, vitamins & minerals, sleeping benefits and much more. This book can save you (if you want to be saved) and will encourage you to get rid of your sedimentary lifestyle ;)

  28. 4 out of 5

    jackie

    A good informative book that dispels a lot of media hype about health. It is research based so more believable than other books and there is no “selling” of anything. My take always from it are :- a healthy diet, good daily exercise and decent 7-8 hours sleep is all that’s needed to work towards good health. Most vitamins are a waste of money & getting outside daily is essential. There are lots of interesting info in the book, some appears confusing but it is only because of the complexity of stu A good informative book that dispels a lot of media hype about health. It is research based so more believable than other books and there is no “selling” of anything. My take always from it are :- a healthy diet, good daily exercise and decent 7-8 hours sleep is all that’s needed to work towards good health. Most vitamins are a waste of money & getting outside daily is essential. There are lots of interesting info in the book, some appears confusing but it is only because of the complexity of studying some things in a proper researched way. All in all a valuable book to read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dave Hodgkinson

    TBH 3.5 stars. A book on health. What do you expect from someone who works for the New Scientist? Everything was pretty obvious. Eat a variety of foods. Don’t smoke. Drink a little. Sleep well. Exercise. Don’t be lonely. Don’t take supplements except maybe vitamin D in the winter in Northern climes. No panaceas.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    A very good scientific analysis of health etc. subjects. It's made me look at my daily vitamin intake, to have 10 mins in the sun at noon, drink less, and to do more exercise. It makes a change to have a self help book based a proper facts too! A very good scientific analysis of health etc. subjects. It's made me look at my daily vitamin intake, to have 10 mins in the sun at noon, drink less, and to do more exercise. It makes a change to have a self help book based a proper facts too!

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