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A paradigm-shifting book from an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and one of Time’s most influential people.
It’s a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan?
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: “Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.”
This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs—many from Dr. David Sinclair’s own lab at Harvard—that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to feel younger, but actually become younger.
Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes—such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat—that have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, Lifespan will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it.
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This book takes a fresh look at aging and seeks to label it as a health condition. The primary thesis is: if we solve the general problem of aging - which the author says is easier to solve than cancer - much of the other specific ailments and diseases that plague society in old age will decline or go away entirely.
Evidence is presented of successful and repeated research that is lengthening the life of mice up to 40% with simple supplements available today. Some brave people are taking these supplements and seeing unbelievable improvements in health.
This book is awesome. I’ll be reading it again. And I’ll be sharing it with family and friends. It will be added to the list of books I reference as I seek a healthier and longer lifespan for myself and loved ones.
What otherwise was an interesting and optimistic tome until Chapter eight morphed into something else...
Better to watch the joe organ podcast and skip this book.
Useless information on world practical tips. At least tell us more than, “eat less”, “take metformin”.