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Longevity Advice

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  1. Eric_the_Cerise
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    So, I just learned that I am, what is being called, a "spanner" ... that is, a (lay-)person interested in learning how to extend my lifespan and/or healthy lifespan. I am 54 years old now,...

    So, I just learned that I am, what is being called, a "spanner" ... that is, a (lay-)person interested in learning how to extend my lifespan and/or healthy lifespan.

    I am 54 years old now, probably already healthier than the average person, definitely healthier than the average American. With only minor improvements in medical care and treatment, as one might expect over the coming decades, I believe it is quite reasonable to expect that I will live to at least 100, and remain basically healthy at least to my latter 80s (I'm shooting for 90+).

    However, I also believe that the recent push in research to "cure" old age means that I also have a better than 50/50 chance at living to 500-1,000. That's my real goal. Actuarially speaking, if you remove the various diseases of old age from the equation, people would live, on average, about 1,000 years before something else (war, other disease, hit by a bus, etc) takes them out.

    I've been following the research, the TED talks, blogs and advice sites and stuff, (and of course, the High Priest of life extension research, Aubrey de Grey), for several years. The research into this is making real advances, and more importantly, for the past decade or two, the funding for such research has been growing by leaps and bounds. The thing is, it just seems so far-fetched -- Ponce de Leon and Taoist immortals and the Philosopher's Stone, etc -- that people dismiss the effort as a fantasy (and, you know, until quite recently, it was).

    So, that's the background. Today, I stumbled across a really nice website run by a couple of enthusiastic amateurs, that is chock full of well-researched articles on the current state of the field, what we know now, and what people can do right now -- diet, lifestyle, supplements, exercise, health-tracking, etc -- to improve their chances of living to a ripe old age ... and in particular, living long enough to see the so-called "Longevity Escape Velocity", when advances in life extension start coming faster than people age.

    So, mainly, I just wanted to share the link, but also, to start a conversation about the concept. Feel free to weigh in, pro or con.

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  2. JakeTheDog
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    I have far too much to say on the subject, as a "spanner" myself, but most of it would be repeating what Peter Attia shares via his blog, newsletters and podcast, which I highly recommend....

    I have far too much to say on the subject, as a "spanner" myself, but most of it would be repeating what Peter Attia shares via his blog, newsletters and podcast, which I highly recommend.

    https://peterattiamd.com/topics/

    This here is one of my favorites, where I learned about "healthspan", which is just as important as lifespan: https://peterattiamd.com/move-defines-live/

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