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Optimizing Your Biological Age

Journal Club May 2020 with Dr. Michael Lustgarten

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On Saturday, May 2nd at noon EDT, on our Facebook page. the Journal Club returns and is mixing things up to keep those of you stuck at home entertained. We are going to be kicking things up a notch this time around by bringing you an exciting presentation about biomarkers by Dr. Michael Lustgarten from Tufts University.

Dr. Lustgarten is a Scientist in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory at the HNRCA. His research currently focuses on the role of the gut microbiome and serum metabolome on muscle mass and function in older adults.

Many biological calculators exist, but how one can optimize their own biological age is less clear. In this presentation I’ll discuss Levine’s Phenotypic Age calculator, which is strongly correlated with biological age. I’ll discuss each of its 9 biomarkers, including how they change with age and their association with all-cause mortality risk. Then, using my own blood test data for more than 20 measurements over the past 5 years, I’ll suggest how to optimize these variables. Collectively, this approach may allow one to achieve and maintain a youthful biological age.

The format of the show will be a 40-50 minute talk followed by a Q&A session; all Lifespan Heroes are invited to join the call live to ask questions and details on how to join the call will come via email. Michael is a wonderful source of health and nutrition information with particular expertise on all things microbiome-related, so we encourage you to join us and take advantage of the opportunity to talk with him directly. If you are not a Lifespan Hero, you can still watch the show live on our Facebook page.

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Steve Hill

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 600 articles on the topic, interviewed over 100 of the leading researchers in the field, hosted livestream events focused on aging, as well as attending various medical industry conferences. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, Swiss Monthly, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve is one of three recipients of the 2020 H+ Innovator Award and shares this honour with Mirko Ranieri – Google AR and Dinorah Delfin – Immortalists Magazine. The H+ Innovator Award looks into our community and acknowledges ideas and projects that encourage social change, achieve scientific accomplishments, technological advances, philosophical and intellectual visions, author unique narratives, build fascinating artistic ventures, and develop products that bridge gaps and help us to achieve transhumanist goals. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project.
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