Cameron Diaz on Longevity

Apr 13, 2016

CameronDiazByCarolineRenouard2010 (1)From Princess Fiona to There’s Something About Mary, from Bad Teacher to one of the three Angels (as in Charlie’s), Cameron Diaz has charmed and kicked arse since 1994.

At the end of 2013, Diaz came out with The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. Phew, that’s a mouthful. But according to Nanci Hellmich writing for USA Today, Diaz found that even though she was skinny, she didn’t feel well and she was breaking out with acne.

“If you are what you eat, I was a bean burrito with extra cheese and extra sauce, no onions,” she writes in the book. 

Diaz would like women to “stop hating their bodies, understand them, take care of their bodies and put that energy that they would be turning on themselves in a negative way out to the world in a positive way.”
Cameron Diaz offers advice on getting your best body” by Nanci Hellmich/USA Today, Jan. 6, 2014.




Now Diaz is out with a new book: The Longevity Book, which is described as exploring “what history, biology, neuroscience, and the women’s health movement can teach us about maintaining optimal health as we transition from our thirties to midlife.”

Diaz shares why we age and how aging effects men and women differently, as well as “synthesizing insights from top medical experts… with her own thoughts, opinions, and experiences.” She also writes about the latest science on telomeres. A telomere? We had no idea—had to look it up.

A telomere, as far as we can understand, is like a cap for the end of a chromosome, protecting the end of said chromosome from deteriorating or fusing with a neighboring chromosome, which we perceive is bad. Chromosomes replicate, but each time they do the enzymes fall short of duplicating the DNA in exactly the same way and the duplicated chromosome is shortened. Telomeres act as “buffers” at the end of the chromosomes, protecting the genes from being truncated. To put it bluntly, “telomere shortening” can be a good thing (preventing the number of cell divisions and thus lessening the chance of developing cancer) and it can be a bad thing (shortening impairs immune function and “many aging-related diseases are linked to shortened telomeres).

Diaz’ The Longevity Book reviews the latest science and also details how “meditation heals us and why love, friendship, and laughter matter for health.” It’s an “all-encompassing holistic look at how the female body ages and what we can all do to age better” (Harper Wave, publisher).





Indie Bookstore Day @ Vroman’s with Cameron Diaz
Saturday, April 30th, 1 p.m.
Vroman’s, 693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Free event
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At noon, journalist, author, and Pasadena native Chip Jacobs, author of Smogtown and Strange As It Seems, hosts “Ask Anything” during Vroman’s Indie Bookstore Day.

His most recent book is  Strange As It Seems: the Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler, the updated biography of a Hollywood dreamer-schemer who lived outrageously in a ticking time-bomb of a body. Publishers Weekly, in its review, called Jacobs an “exceptional storyteller” and said the “extraordinary life” being told was a “peculiar page-turner” rendered with an “imaginative” touch. (







Photo, top right, Cameron Diaz, by Caroline Renouard [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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