On this episode of Lifespan News, Ryan O’Shea outlines Peter Diamandis’ recommendations on how to live a longer life.
It is now the new year, and this is a time that people all over the world reflect on the past and aspire to make positive changes going forward. For many of us, this involves a desire to better our health and set the stage for a longer lifespan. This is a goal that we share with well known entrepreneur and author Peter Diamandis. He’s released a list of 10 Longevity Resolutions for the new year that you may be able to apply to your own life. We explore the list on this episode of Lifespan News!\
Peter Diamandis is a Harvard and MIT-educated physician and entrepreneur, perhaps best known for joining forces with Steven Kotler to write the The New York Times bestsellers Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World. He’s also behind companies and organizations such as XPRIZE, Singularity University, and Human Longevity, Inc.
Diamandis is a trained medical doctor, and he ends his list by saying that he hopes you’ll challenge yourself to adopt some (or all!) of these resolutions. But it’s possible that some of these things may not be right for everyone, and just to be safe, it is often recommended that you discuss these kinds of diet and lifestyle changes with your doctor.
So now let’s get into the list.
Diamandis begins by saying:
Nothing is more important than your Mindset in the new year…. During this decade of extra-ordinary biotech breakthroughs, your goal is to live healthy enough, to intercept those age-reversal technologies heading our way. There are important things you can do right now.
- Prioritize Sleep: Don’t underestimate the importance and positive impact of sleep. Make a goal of 8 hours of sleep each night. Get to sleep early, wake up early and get a jump on the day!
- Exercise & Build Muscle: Muscle mass is one of the most important predictors of longevity and speedy recoveries from injuries. Even a small amount of weekly resistance or weight training can stimulate growth hormones and increase muscle mass.
- 10,000 Steps Each Day: You’re never too busy to get moving. Resolve to take at least 1 hour of Zoom or phone calls while walking. It’s easy and fun.
- Minimize Sugar: It’s simple… Sugar = poison. It causes inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and fuels cancer. Go on a 10-day sugar fast and cut it out of your diet completely for several days. It’s possible, especially if you do it alongside friends.
- Upgrade Your Community: The people you spend time with shape who you are, what you think and what you do. Hang out with young or young-minded individuals who care about their health! Spend time with friends who are optimistic and those who actively pursue longevity.
- Do an Annual “Full-body Health Upload”: Most of us have *no idea* what is really going on in our body. Every year, I visit either Fountain Life or Human Longevity’s Health Nucleus to do a full body MRI, an AI-driven CT, Genome, microbiome, and much more. A key to longevity is proper screening and preventative medicine. Just a note here – Peter Diamandis did launch Human Longevity, alongside Craig Venter, in 2013. So in this one, he possibly has some other incentive for recommending that service. That doesn’t mean, however, that this isn’t good advice.
- Drink 2-3 liters of Water Every Day: If there’s a magic fuel source for the human body, it’s water.
- Eat a Whole-plant-based Diet: I avoid red meat (which can result in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes), and focus on a Mediterranean plant-based diet and fish rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Intermittent Fasting for 12+ Hours: I do my best to fast between 7pm and 12 noon the next day, providing me a 17-hour fast. It gives me extraordinary energy during the day and helps me remain fit. (Remember: drink lots of water!)
- Read Longevity Enabling Content: Be the CEO of your own health and stay up to date on the latest advancements in medicine.
Absolutely, read longevity-enabling content, but you can also watch it by subscribing to Lifespan News. We have a lot more longevity-focused content in the works, so this year you might resolve to make watching Lifespan News a part of your longevity goals.
So what do you think, did Diamandis assemble a good list? Are there any you disagree with, or anything you would add? Let us know in the comments below, and we can crowdsource our own list of longevity resolutions!
I’m Ryan O’Shea, and we’ll see you next time on Lifespan News!
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David Ilfeld, M.D.
January 9, 2022
I agree with most of his suggestions; however annual full-body MRI is not justified and annual CT adds a significant yearly load of unnecessary radiation that may significantly increase the probability of developing cancer in the future.
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