How Old are You?
posted on April 21, 2008
The last two weeks, I covered some common objections to extreme life extension. I™m going to take a one week break from that topic to ask you an important question¦
How old are you?
Uh, uh. Not so fast.
If your first impulse was to tell me how many years it has been since you were born, stop right there.
There could be a huge difference between your chronological age and your biological age. Let me explain.
Your chronological age measures how long you have been on the planet. Your biological age measures how you look, feel and perform¦ and is a gauge as to how long you will live. Recent studies have shown that the rate at which you age is only determined 25-35% by genetics. The rest is up to you.
Thanks to recent knowledge, we are able to measure biological age objectively. It may not be precise yet, but it does give you a good measure of how effective your anti-aging program works for you¦ or how your habits may be accelerating your aging process.
I recently enjoyed lunch with a young looking 56 year old friend. We compared notes on how we maintain our health and found that our protocols and longevity goals were similar. He measured his biological age, and found out he was about 35 years old! I did the same and got similar results. I turn 65 next month. Yet my blood pressure is better than it when I was 35 and fit. My cholesterol levels are almost as good, and my body fat is about the same. I attribute that to my improved diet and supplements and continuing to exercise regularly. My skin elasticity, respiratory function and reaction time compare to someone in their mid 40™s, and my immune profile, neurological scores and blood tests are equal to those of a 45 year old man™s. Finally, an online test measured me at about 50.
I say this not to brag but to show you how you can turn back your aging clock with the information you will find in my new book, Life Extension Express (Formerly SALADS). If my friend can do it, you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. We have essentially turned back our biological clocks by an astounding 15-20 years. That could mean we have bought ourselves the opportunity to take advantage of over 15 more years of medical advances. That could be the difference between being part of the last generation to die prematurely¦ or being part of the first generation to live indefinitely. You can do this too. You can. And if you cherish life, you will.Â
In fact, I have another friend who did the same. His chronological age is 60, and he was dealt a bad set of genes which prematurely aged him and put him at risk of an early death. But through a well balanced program of supplements, diet, exercise, stress reduction, a sensible lifestyle and regular visits to his Anti-Aging physician, he was able to drop his current biological age to about 40. When he started, his biological age was probably at least 5 years higher than his chronological age. Now it™s 20 years less. So he netted around 25 years, Five years more than my other friend and I. These similar results are no coincidence. The Life Extension Express will take you there too.
Meanwhile, I suggest you get a copy of The Metabolic Plan by Stephen Cherniske. Go to pages 254-264 for some simple home tests as well as lab tests to see how you measure up and to quantify your progress..
Now here™s the good news.
Once you see how you measure up, you can reverse your biological age dramatically by following the 7 easy steps in Life Extension Express. For example, let™s say you are 50 and your tests show you are 52. That™s not good. You have essentially shortened your projected life span by two years and are projected to die at 79 instead of 81. However, let™s say you start your Life Extension Express protocol now and retest in a year. The calendar will tell you, you are 51. But your tests might say you are 45. That means while you have experienced one more year of life, you are biologically seven years younger than you were a year prior. Now your projected life span could be 87, so you bought yourself an extra eight years during which accelerating research could be your difference between oblivion and youth.
Going forward, when someone asks your age, why not tell them your biological age instead of chronological? From now on, I™m tempted to say something like œI was born in 1943, but I™m actually about 45 years old.
Maybe 50 years from now, you could say œI was born in 19__, but I™m actually about 25 years old.