The combination of healthy living and modern medicine offers
the promise of extending our healthy years to those of us with a bit
of knowledge, self-discipline, and financial means.
This isn’t about hanging on longer once we’re in an advanced stage of decline; on the contrary, the program I suggest here has the promise of making our lives healthier and more active in the present, while delaying the onset of disabilities and diseases of old age.
Rule Number One:
The royal road
"To lengthen thy life,
In animal studies, the relationship between life expectancy and calories consumed is simple and powerful: The less they eat, the longer they live. More
Some studies suggest there is an ideal weight, perhaps even a relatively high BMI of 25-30. There are good reasons not to believe this. I say maintain a weight as low as you can tolerate. Here’s why…
Strong family ties.
Perhaps you worry that the world will have too many old people and not enough young people to support them. On the contrary, it is the healthy, productive years that will be extended. People will retire later, and the ratio of work force to retirees should improve. Read more
In the spring of 2004, our community lost Roy Walford, who did more than anyone else to research the effects of caloric restriction in humans, and to promote the idea as a viable life choice. Read more
Resveratrol—thought to be the ingredient in red wine that protects against heart disease.
HGH—may make you feel younger while shortening life.
Decreases body fat, but increases insulin resistance.
Some drugs have shown life extension effects in mammals, but they have side-effects and I have been too conservative to take them so far. Examples
Many people try to live healthy lives by avoiding man-made products and chemicals. Organic foods are a favorite. I'm all for it! But this is not a longevity program.Here's why
For fifty years now, the medical establishment has recommended a low-fat diet. Many researchers now realize this was all wrong. I’m with the low-carb school. Here’s why…
The best diet is the one that works for you, and that you can live with. More
Avoid the sun
Avoid the sun
Aerobic exercise not only increases life expectancy but decreases risk of heart disease and cancer.
Studies have shown that people who sleep 6–7 hours per night live longer than those who sleep more or less than this.
It is a common misconception that our bodies “wear out” with age. Read more
Getting the theory wrong has consequences! Many people waste effort trying to avoid tiny quantities of toxins that might actually be good for us.
The mind has a powerful effect on every aspect of health. Yoga trains you to be sensitive to what's going on in your body, and to gain control over it. Meditation helps focus the mind and sharpen the intent. Both disciplines can be engaged in the service of life extension. Read more
Queen bees live much longer than genetically identical workers. Alpha wolves live longer than the rest of the pack. Read more
Raising children helps you live a long time. For women, bearing a child late in life can offer a powerful benefit for longevity. Continued
1. Quality of life and length of life can go hand-in-hand.