Chances are, the title of this article will sound strange, even ridiculous, to you. Well, if you are not aware of the amazing developments happening in the fields of longevity science and medicine and the potentially life changing impact they could have for you and I, that would not be surprising.
I have been following the scientific research and progress in the quest to increase healthy life-expectancy for several years now, as it is a fundamental pillar of the message I am trying to spread to mature people on my website designyournewlife.com.
My aim, put simply, is to help people to create their “personal blueprint for a long, healthy and wealthy life.” Let me say right now, I am not medical trained. But I have always been interested in developments in medical research, especially curing and preventing diseases associated with aging.
My personal experience
Having experienced prostate cancer myself 6 years ago, and undergoing a radical prostatectomy (i.e. removal of my prostate gland) followed by 2 rounds of radiotherapy, and being declared cured twice in that time by my Urologist, I am still not 100% clear of it.
But that experience spurred me to learn more about cancer, diseases of aging, longevity science and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, I have always maintained my physical fitness, and since I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, have also followed a much healthier nutritional practice based mainly on vegetables and fruits eaten in their natural, not processed, form. I also avoid junk and unhealthy foods (with the occasional treats on special occasions. Having 3 teenage daughters who are chocoholics has given me a taste for chocolate in recent years).
PS adopting a healthier diet, coupled with regular exercise, has resulted in a progressive reduction in my weight from over 90 kg (about 200 pounds) to under 80 kg. (176 pounds), without any conscious effort to lose weight.
More challenging for me was maintaining my well-being. Stress is the underlying cause of many age-related diseases, and my long corporate career at CEO and CFO (Chief financial officer) level in large companies was certainly stressful. To survive in that world, you have no choice other than learning to live with and deal with that; but there will inevitably be long-term consequences for your health and relationships.
The key to reducing your stress level, is firstly to recognise it, and then acknowledge the adverse impact it has had on you personally. In my case, I believe that a high and sustained job related stress level over many years led to a breakdown in my closest personal relationships and ultimately to the development of cancer.
The combination of these two life-changing events, also led to a loss of ambition in my corporate career.
So, I sought roles that were less demanding, less stressful, and ultimately, In July 2012 after a lifelong corporate career in Finance and General Management during which I was CEO of two companies with annual revenues in excess of $100 Million, and CFO of two of Australia’s Top 50 Corporations, I decided it was time for me to move on and make a fresh start doing something new and different.
I had already decided that an internet based business was the only way to go. The internet is the future of business and I could use my corporate business knowledge and skills on a platform where I could reach a worldwide audience of potential buyers. I had also decided that I wanted to do something that would help other mature people just like me to create a better life in their retirement years.
My research into how to make this idea into a practical business led to a major insight. The fact that Technology is redefining retirement. The breakthroughs happening in Longevity research and medicine and the advances in Internet and Digital technology have created a paradigm shift in the human life experience, and that shift has only just begun.
The combination of these two technological revolutions is the base upon which I have built my 4-part blueprint for a long, healthy and wealthy retirement life.
They have also literally changed my life for the better. I am now self-employed, working from home and growing a business that is helping many other people to create a better retirement life for themselves and their families. I am no longer stressed, and my blood pressure (which had been too high for many years) has returned to normal. My new mission in life is more fulfilling than anything I did in the corporate world.
OK. That is way more than I intended to share. But I hope it will, in some way, inspire you on your personal journey.
In other articles on my website, I have explained how the Internet revolution has created an almost infinite number of new opportunities to earn additional income for your retirement. Income you will need if, because of the longevity revolution, you have the potential to live a longer healthier life than any previous generation could have even dreamed of.
So, in the rest of this article, as I said in the introduction, I will introduce you to the Longevity Revolution.
What is the “Longevity Revolution”
As I said in my introduction, I am not medically trained. The information I will share in this section is taken from a recent article in one of my favourite sources of information on this subject “Fight Aging.Org” I have provided a link to the original article below.
It is actually quite difficult for newcomers to build a coherent picture from the varied claims and lines of research taking place in the field of longevity science.
The thing that they are missing, and which takes some time to put together for yourself, is enough of an understanding of the underlying biology to understand the likelihood of success for a given project and the plausible scale of the outcome. i.e. Will it produce a lengthening of life or postponement of age-related disease, and for how long?
For this reason, what you are likely to read or hear in the media is generally uninformed, because without this level of understanding, most journalists tend to put all the various work at the same level of priority and interest, and thus assemble an article from a more or less random sampling of the field. But this simply isn’t the case.
For example, much of the work being undertaken on Pharmaceutical approaches (i.e. additional uses for existing approved drugs and medicines) to slow down the progression of aging is unlikely to have a major impact. In comparison, methods of repair that remove damage and waste in tissues, should be a much more reliable and effective means of turning back aging and producing actual rejuvenation. These are very different things, but few journalists will have the necessary background to appreciate and explore this point.
The most outspoken opponent of death by aging in the scientific community is probably Aubrey de Gray. In his mind, aging is unhealthy; a collection of undesirable side effects of being alive. He likens aging to malaria because it kills a lot of people. If you could cure it, wouldn’t you?
There is a growing cohort of well-credentialed scientists investigating radical life extension: including geneticist Craig Venter, one of the first to sequence the human genome, and biochemist Cynthia Kenyon, who discovered that a mutation in a single gene doubled a worm’s lifespan, and is now vice president of aging research at Google sister company Calico, created by Google co-founder Larry Page, with the objective to extend the human life span by a century, and molecular biologist Bill Andrews who led the team that discovered the human gene for telomerase, an enzyme considered critical in aging. Their promises include keeping 90-year-olds as healthy as 50-year-olds.
These, and many other researchers have made tangible discoveries. They’ve published studies in highly respected journals and attracted serious amounts of funding. When they say it’s possible to live longer, and maybe forever, it’s tempting to believe them.
Every few months, scientists will come out with a new finding that shows how a very specific set of changes slowed down some aspects of aging in animals. Of course, each study is more insightful when viewed as part of the body of anti-aging research as a whole.
To understand what researchers have accomplished in this area, it’s helpful to understand what “aging” means in a scientific context. Specifically, aging refers to the time-related degradation or decline of the bodily functions necessary for survival.
As we age, changes occur in our bodies on a cellular level that affect not just our heart and lungs but also our muscles and our nervous system. These changes affect all the different systems in our bodies. And each of these systems individually begins to work a little less well as we get older, and gradually that produces the burden of dysfunction that ultimately results in disease, disability, and eventually death.
We now also understand that biological age doesn’t always correspond to chronological (clock) age. Imagine a pair of twins: One drinks too much, eats poorly, rarely gets enough sleep, and never exercises, while the other does the opposite. The first twin is likely to age faster and develop more of those age-related diseases.
The key lies with what scientists call “signaling”, or how cells communicate to govern basic functions like cell repair and immune response. While errors in cell signaling can cause autoimmune diseases, diabetes and cancer, it also turns out that modifying signaling pathways can also slow aging – at least, at this stage, in animals.
Researchers have identified two age-related signaling pathways which are linked to growth and metabolization, and which, in addition to growth regulate how cells move, and replicate.
If we can slow down that biological clock enough, the thinking goes, we could delay the onset of old age and the diseases that come with it. In total, the research suggests if you can find ways of calming down these signaling pathways you might be able to slow down aging.
Link to Fight Aging Article: https://theoutline.com/post/902/the-case-for-defeating-death