According to Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey "The first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today ... whether they realize it or not, barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries." Does this sound outrageous?   Maybe so.  But, anti-aging researchers are increasingly optimistic that aging can at least be slowed down dramatically, or even prevented altogether.   Even the US Federal Government has devoted funds, to the tune of $2.4 billion a year, to study the "biology of aging."   The race for a proverbial fountain of youth is on.

There are radical innovations going on in technology today that will literally enable us to effectively extend our lifespan by as much as 50 years.   And, it is likely that technology will surface within the next 20 years.   Given your lifestyle today how long will you live?   And, given the forthcoming new technologies, how long will you live if you take advantage of the new technologies?   Take the Lifespan Test (below) created by one of the "Gurus of Anti-Aging Medicine," Dr Ronald Klatz.

Before taking the FREE Lifespan Test read the following instructions:   You will start the test just BELOW the picture of the apple. You will answer 19 basic questions about Personal Factors such as your age, current health, dietary habits, and family history by sliding the scale to the appropriate answer for you.   Then, notice on the right side of the page a list of seven Superlongevity Factors (Hormonal Therapy, Human Growth Factors, Advanced Diagnostics, Gene Therapy, Nanotechnology, Bioidentical Organs, and Stem Cell Therapy).  If you chose to activate them just click on/off at the top of that category.   Then, chose those that might apply to you by sliding left to right).   Chosing any of these can extend your life even longer!  As you make the selections that are specific to you, watch the age meter go up/down.  When I completed the Personal Factors part of the test I had reached a score of 108 without activating any the Superlongevity Factors. Then, I selected three of the Superlongevity Factors that I am already using and my score increased to 118. Wondering what would happen if I chose the other four Superlongevity Factors that are not available yet but will likely be available in my lifetime...I selected all of them and my score jumped to a whopping 170!

If these new technologies come to pass, there will be a lot of discussion about the morality of living "unnaturally long lives" and there will be many opponents of the anti-aging movement that will point out potentially insurmountable problems that would arise:   overpopulation, limited resources, global warming, to name a few.  There would be serious ethical, moral and ecological questions that would arise.   There are already radical innovative technologies being developed today that could enable us to effectively extend our lifespan by another 50 years.   So, it seems almost certain that the human lifespan will not remain as we know it today.

Living To Be 100 or More

Probably many of you would like to live to be 100 or more even if you can't embrace the idea of living to be 1,000!.  And, it is entirely reasonable that almost everyone who is under 60 today could live to be 100 if they would make the necessary lifestyle changes that we already know about...without any new technology.   Seem ridiculous?  Let's look at the statistics from 1950 through 2003.   It doesn't take a crystal ball to realize there is a dramatic trend toward living longer.

People who live to be 100 years or older (centenarians) are becoming more and more prevalent in North America.   In 1950 there were 2,300 U.S. centenarians and today there are more than 40,000.   According to some researchers, and taking into account the rise in population, the number of centenarians is due to double every 10 years.

Here's an enlightening and fascinating Nova video segment that aired on PBS on January 9, 2007 entitled AGING.  Apparently, only one in 10,000 of us will live to see 100.  But scientists are working on finding ways to increase that number.

In Summary:
-- All centenarians they studied had lots of larger HDL.  Larger (size) good cholesterol (HDL) is better.   And, the more the better.
-- Cutting 30 - 40% of food intake makes an organism live longer.  (Note:  Actually reduces insulin production which creates Sirtiun [Sir2] genes.)  The hypothesis:  When insulin production is reduced Sir2 genes are created which makes a person more resistant to disease, cancers, etc.
-- The Sir2 gene causes a cell to live 50% longer.  (Note:  It's created by a shortage of insulin production.)
-- When the DAF2 gene is destroyed in a cell it decreases insulin level and a cell lives 50% longer causing Sir2 production.
-- Scientists also know that Resveratrol consumption decreases insulin levels and causes cells to live 30% longer.   It is found in Grape Seed products. (Note:  it is NOT recommended that consuming red wine is a beneficial way to consume Grape Seed.)
-- INTERESTINGLY!   All the centenarians interviewed said they were very happy about living to 100/100+.   "Absolutely," "Sure, why not?" "It's wonderful," etc.

It's now apparent among scientists that the major key to premature aging is to keep insulin levels down by avoiding grains and sugars in daily intake since any meal or snack high in those simple carbohydrates will generate a rapid rise in your blood glucose.  Hence, normalizing insulin and leptin levels is crucial to reaching a maximum lifespan.

But, our culture is totally engrossed in the widespread use of products that create insulin surges (grains and sugars) and even when they learn about the consequences of continuing to eat them, they still refuse to modify their lifestyles in an effort to slow down aging and eliminate avoidable diseases.   Ironically, if everyone would refuse to consume those deadly products we wouldn't be facing the ever-increasing epidemic of diabetes and obesity.

Living a healthier life, and living longer would require, as a first step, the elimination, or at the very least a large reduction, of grains and sugar since uncontrollably consuming them accelerates aging and is the same as an early death wish.   So, if you look and/or feel older than you should, if the symptoms are showing themselves in your skin, face, bones, energy, or brain, chances are the consumption of excess sugars and grains are the culprits.  Of course, we all need some carbohydrates, but we need them to be the "good" carbohydrates with a LOW Glycemic Index that a lot of vegetables provide.

The Western culture addiction to grains, sweets, soft drinks, and high-starch foods like potatoes virtually guarantees that the majority of the population will become overweight...and they will look and feel much older than they should.  These foods create a rapid rise in blood glucose causing the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin into the bloodstream in order to lower the sudden glucose rise.   So, the excess insulin, created by the unnaturally high consumption of carbohydrates, stores in the body in the form of fat -- creating a gain in weight and leading to obesity.  Additionally, the excess insulin suppresses essential hormones and the immune system.

It is also very important, in addition to avoiding grains and sugar, that the right balances of macronutrients (Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats, and Water) be consumed on a daily basis if you really want to live longer, prevent diseases, and optimize your weight.  There is no reason to "eliminate all carbohydrates" you only need to learn which carbohydrates are the "good" one and which ones are the "bad" one for human consumption. (Refer to the Glycemic Index link above.)  The same goes for the other macronutrients (every human body needs them to sustain life).  Understanding what are the best Proteins and Fats is absolutely necessary for "Living Longer," too. It's a matter of eating the correct balances of "good" macronutrients in order to attain optimum energy, optimum performance, optimum mental stability and alertness, and optimum hormone balances. *

* If you have questions about the appropriate nutritional balances of macronutrient for your specific lifestyle please refer to any of our Sports Nutrition Specialist [SNS] and they will assist you in creating a nutritional plan that will help you meet your lifestyle goals.  Or, if you have a desire to learn how to create optimum nutritional plans that are personalized to each individual, register for the Sports Nutrition Specialist [SNS] Distance Education certification program.

Jenni Ross-Wilkinson, author of
"NUTRITION - THE MISSING LINK:   Personalizing Optimum Performance"

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