Do you know exactly how and why you age? And what you can do—whatever your current age—to slow that process and have a longer, healthier life?
In The Longevity Code, medical doctor Kris Verburgh illuminates the biological mechanisms that make our bodies susceptible to heart attacks, dementia, diabetes, and other aging-related diseases. With the facts laid out, he provides the tools we need to slow down the aging process. His scientifically backed Longevity Staircase outlines a simple yet innovative step-by-step method offering better health and a longer life span– especially the crucial role of proper nutrition and exercise.
But diet and exercise might not be the only way to crack the “longevity code”: With each passing day, advances in biotechnology that were once the stuff of science fiction are emerging. 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—and when paired with the right lifestyle, lead to longer, healthier lives than we’ve ever imagined.
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About the Author
Kris Verburgh, MD, is a researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Free University of Brussels and is on the faculty of Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank devoted to tackling the world’s biggest challenges with emerging technology. Dr. Verburgh researches interventions that can extend healthy life span and combat aging-related diseases through nutrition and state-of-the-art biotechnology. He has established a new scientific discipline, nutrigerontology, which researches diets and guidelines to slow down aging and reduce the risk of aging-related diseases. Dr. Verburgh is frequently invited to speak at venues all around the world about new developments and paradigm shifts in medicine, health care, the science of aging, and more.
Table of Contents
1 Why Do We Age? 1
Making Room? 2
Dying Before Growing Old 3
Young and Healthy, Old and Sick 12
Sex and Aging 16
2 What Causes Aging? 29
Our Energy Generators and Their Role in Life, Death, and Aging 95
Shoelaces and Strings 110
Other Causes and Conclusion 118
3 The Longevity Staircase 121
Step 1: Avoid Deficiencies 122
Step 2: Stimulate Hormesis 137
Step 3: Reduce Growth Stimulation 151
Step 4: Reverse the Aging Process 186
4 Some Thoughts About Aging, Longevity, and Immortality 213
Do We Really Want to Grow That Old? 218
A New Society 224
5 Recipes 230
Afterword to This Edition 255
Additional Reading 258
About the Author 310