June 13, 2012

Aging Gracefully with Sound Advice

This week's beauty is Dr. Cheryl Townsend Winter, who is 61 years old. Cheryl is a retired periodontist who is reinventing herself by writing a book on aging called "The Aging Gracefully Pathway: A Toolkit for the Journey."  Cheryl explains that the connection between being a periodontist and writing a book on aging is that structurally the gums are the same as skin and that there are many linkages between gum disease and aging/serious systemic diseases.

Further, Cheryl explains that the major categories of aging are:
  • Taking care of the external body: includes skin care, hair, posture, grooming, and figure.
  • Taking care of the internal body: includes brain, internal workings, what we eat, how we sleep, rest & relax, and how we exercise the body.
  • Taking care of the spirit/soul: includes attitude, aspirations, inspirations, etc.

"The Aging Gracefully Pathway: A Toolkit for the Journey" has over 100 tips but here is a little preview:
  • Sugar and refined foods may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  •  AGE’s (advanced glycation end-products) cause most degenerative diseases and wrinkles.
  •  Antioxidants from diet play a leading role in preventing age-related diseases.
  • Cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels, reduces AGE’s, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and the scent enhances cognitive processing including attention, memory, and visual-motor speed (Ageless Face, Ageless Mind).
  • “Training on an empty stomach turns on some interesting genetic machinery that is important not only in fat loss but also longevity.” (The Paleo Solution).
  • The spice turmeric has anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer’s properties. (Ageless Face, Ageless Mind).

Thank you Cheryl for being this week's beauty. I wish you luck with the book. Please stop in and let us know when it is on the shelves.


  1. I couldn't help but validate that correlation with my collierville dentists about the gum disease and aging. Somehow, Dr. Winter cannot be more profound in finding the link between the two.

  2. Thank you - it is very interesting how things are connected in ways we didn't think of 30+ years ago when I finished the perio program!

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