In 1997 I was a board certified Family Practice physician that was 59 years old, overweight, poorly conditioned with rapidly declining health. I couldn’t tie my shoes without losing my breath. My stomach was huge, my muscles and joints ached, and I was miserable. I decided it was time to focus some much needed medical attention on myself.

Not knowing where to start I began reading fitness magazines and came across an article that featured the winners of the Body-for-LIFE contest. As I looked into it further, I realized this was exactly what I needed to do! I got started right away by eating a low-glycemic/low-fat diet, took nutraceuticals and plunged into a heavy exercise regimen with help from a former Navy Seal personal trainer, Ernie Baul. At the end of 1998, at 60 years of age and after consistently eating right and training right, I became the GRAND CHAMPION in Bill Phillip’s 1998 Body-for-LIFE contest!

I continued to be committed to the Fitness Lifestyle yet despite my hard work and dedication I started losing ground as I edged toward 63. I was slowly losing muscle mass, strength and I was regaining body fat, especially in my belly. My energy level was waning, as was my libido. I had heard about the Anti-Aging Medicine Movement, so I investigated further. I was introduced to an entire new paradigm with new protocols and philosophies and I immediately agreed to become a patient. Within a couple weeks I started to see and feel a marked shift in my body, mind, and spirit. I was once again becoming a vibrant, healthy and happy man. It was life altering and it became the catalyst that moved me from traditional Family Medicine to Healthy Aging Medicine. I wanted every man and woman that struggled as I had, to have hope for a better life. Today at 79 years of age, I am in the best shape of my life. I am in the gym 5 days a week. I have a thriving practice in Charleston, West Virginia (The Life Center for Healthy Aging), and I have authored three books: The Life Plan, Mastering the Life Plan and The Life Plan Diet.

At the end of 2012 Men’s Fitness Magazine selected me and 24 others as the top 25 fittest men in America of the year. The other 24 honorees were men in their 20’s and 30’s and most were professional athletes or actors. The program works, I am living my dream, and there is no end in sight. It just keeps getting better. It would have never happened if I had not made the decision and committed to live a healthier life. While your life may not take the same path as mine, with my program, it most certainly can be more productive, happier, and healthier if you start taking care of it now. It is never too late, nor too early, to start living a healthier lifestyle – I hope you start today!

Jeffry S. Life, MD, PhD, FAAFP

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practitioners, Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians (1990)

Certified speaker for The Bale/Doneen Method of Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention

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