A doctor reveals his daily tips for living a longer life

A doctor reveals his daily tips for living a longer life

For most of human history, aging was viewed as an inevitable consequence of life. But thanks to a surge in medical and technological advances in recent decades, some scientists have begun to regard aging as a disease that we can actually treat, or at least delay.

One such scientist is Peter Diamandis, a physician and serial entrepreneur who owns a portfolio of more than 20 companies.

“As an entrepreneur, my early passion was in space,” said Diamandis, who has been named one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders by luck In 2014, he said Newsweek. “But in the last decade, my passion has been around what I consider to be the most important revolution of our time, which I refer to as the health revolution.”

But what is a healthy age, and how does it compare to the traditional concept of lifespan?

“Your age is how long you live and how long your heart beats,” Diamandis said. “But the period of health is how long you feel healthy, energetic and able to enjoy life. While we have extended our lifespan, we have not yet fully extended the period of health.”

Among the many companies Diamandis founded is the non-profit XPRIZE, which designs and hosts public competitions aimed at encouraging technological development in specific fields. In 2023, the company announced its largest XPRIZE award to date: a $101 million award to a team that can develop and test treatments capable of prolonging our health by restoring and maintaining cognitive function, our immune systems, and our muscles as we age.

Diamandis hopes that these technologies will begin to become available within the next seven years. But the question is, what can we do now to live longer, healthier lives?

“I talk about something called the longevity mindset,” Diamandis said. “The longevity mentality is to have enough confidence that these discoveries are coming our way. Your job is to stay healthy to intercept these discoveries our way.”

To support this longevity mindset, we need to embrace a longevity lifestyle.

“Genetics only accounts for between 7[percent]and 20[percent]of our longevity,” Diamandis said. “The majority is your lifestyle.”

So, what does a longevity expert like Diamandis do every day to improve his health and support a longevity mindset?

  1. Practice: “My number one thing is exercise. I’m in the gym lifting weights at least four days a week, I ride my Technogym bike and I do Zone 2 cardio for 45 minutes three to four times a week. I’ve added 10 pounds of muscle mass in Last year, you know, I’m in the healthiest I’ve ever been and I’m 62 years old.
  2. Sleeps: “Number two is sleep. I’m obsessed with getting eight hours of sleep. Now, I’m in bed by 9:30 because I wake up at 5:30 a.m.
  3. Diet: “The next thing is diet. There are very few absolutes (in diet) but there are some: Sugar is poison. The body never evolved to eat that much sugar. So I cut back on sugar, I wear a continuous glucose monitor and I measure it constantly.” . If I’m going to eat something sweet, I’m going to eat it with intention. I’ll taste it, instead of just shoveling it. “I also focus on eating 150 grams of protein. I weigh 150 pounds, so it’s a gram per pound to maintain and grow muscle.”
  4. Positive mindset: A large study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (In 2019) he said that optimists live 15 percent longer than pessimists. (So) I don’t watch the news. “You can’t pay me to watch Crisis News Network TV.”

Diamandis has published two best-selling books on this long-lived lifestyleLife forceIn collaboration with Tony Robbins and Robert Hariri Longevity: Your practical playbookof which you can find a brief summary on their website.

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