Cameron Diaz opened up about aging and longevity in a live television interview. The actress is the author of a new book that tackles the often-uncomfortable but inevitable reality of growing older and what can be done to age well, as they say.

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The 43-year-old Cameron Diaz is the author of the newly published ‘ The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time’ with co-author Sandra Bark, who was also the co-author of her previous book, ‘The Body Book,’ which went on to become a New York Times bestseller in 2013.

Diaz is the latest Hollywood star of a certain age, as they say, to offer advice and counsel on the topic. It’s the proactive approach for sure, lest one be in trepidation of being the latest actress to fall prey to the “changing face” plastic surgery rumors.

She made a live appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ and rather than sit for the typical one-on-one interview, she was literally on a stage, at the GMA Times Square Studio, surrounded by an audience comprised of women of all ages, with GMA’s Lara Spencer and Amy Robach. It made for a fascinating early-morning television discussion which you can see in its entirety below.

She was asked what inspired her to write the book and she said, “As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into. And I was entering the phase of 40. And I started getting a lot of questions about, “Are you scared to turn 40?” and I started asking myself, “Why should I be afraid of turning 40?”

Continuing, she offered, the perfect come-back for those milestone-birthday questions that women in the entertainment business must surely be quite weary of. She said, “”Heck no. Why should I be afraid? Beats the alternative.”

Yes, puts everything into perspective! Diaz elaborated and added, “Only one thing happening if you’re not aging and it ain’t so fun. If you’re alive, for me what I learned is that aging is really about living. And so I feel very grateful that I actually get to turn another year older because not everybody does.”

She went on to say, “There’s no secret to aging well. There’s a basic way of doing it and it’s called living. It’s how well you live…how well you take care of yourself. There are five pillars of well-being. It’s good nutrition, good movement of the body, good night’s sleep, stress release and meaningful, connected, loving relationships.”

She continued: ‚ÄúThis book will help women take responsibility for their body.” She elaborated and added, “If you don’t get ahead of that then what happens is that you become sickly, and old and broken instead of being full of life until the end of it.”

Cameron Diaz also spoke about what she had learned in the extensive research she and her co-author had undergone in preparing the book. She said, “‘One of the parts of research that I thought was really interesting is that people who accept aging actually age better and that’s not just because women who accept that they’re aging are less likely to get unnatural plastic surgery.”

She added, “You actually put up to six years more onto your life when you accept that you are aging. Once you embrace something, it’s a mindset, right? So the body follows the mind in anything.”

You can see excerpts from her book here as Cameron Diaz opens up about the secrets of aging well and longevity. Watch the complete video of the live interview below!