We all know that we age—but do you know exactly how, and why? And do you wonder what you can do—whatever your age—to slow the process so you can live well, for longer?
The book, The Longevity Code: Secrets to Living Well for Longer from the Front Lines of Science, comprehensively answers these questions. Medical doctor and polymath scientist Kris Verburgh, MD illuminates the biological mechanisms that make our bodies susceptible to heart attacks, strokes, dementia, diabetes, and other aging-related diseases. We learn about the crucial role of poorly functioning mitochondria, shortened telomeres, proteins and carbohydrates, and more.
The core of The Longevity Code is a methodical journey through the science of how poor food choices age us faster and cause age-related diseases. The first part of the journey is a straightforward discussion of, in turn, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
And with each passing day, advances in biotechnology—once the stuff of science fiction—are emerging as part of the “longevity code.” Dr. Verburgh discusses how new types of vaccines, mitochondrial DNA, CRISPR proteins, and stem cells may help us slow and even reverse aging—now and in the future.
Having explained the aging process at work, Dr. Verburgh then provides the tools we need to slow it down: his scientifically backed Longevity Staircase. This simple yet innovative step-by-step method offers better health and a longer life span through nutrition—currently our best defense in the fight against aging and disease.
Step 1: Avoid Deficiencies—Via sufficient intake of relevant micronutrients from healthy foods and natural dietary supplements as needed.
Step 2: Stimulate Hormesis—Via mildly toxic substances in foods (such as flavonoids) or exercise (such as high-intensity interval training).
Step 3: Reduce Growth Stimulation—Via foods that supply slower carbohydrate and animal proteins. Via calorie restriction or fasting.
Step 4: Reverse the Aging Process—Via new therapies, such as vaccines against protein agglomeration, lysosomal protein therapy, sugar cross-link breakers, mitochondrial repair, stem cell therapy.
In the future, we will see the advent of promising new technologies that can substantially slow down, or even reverse aging. However, the best method we currently have to live as long as possible is our lifestyle. It is not a coincidence that a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of both age-related diseases and overweight, for aging and overweight are two sides of the same coin. And for those who want to live a long and vital life, a healthy lifestyle is the best way to achieve it.