Longevity: The journey of living better, and longer.
What more of an appropriate topic to kick off the STATERA | blog than the reason we started this clinic: longevity. Maybe you are new to the term of longevity, or maybe you’ve been well accustomed to this buzzword that has been recently creating a lot of attention.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
What is longevity? Aside from the fantasy of wanting to live forever, longevity better aligns the objective of being the most independent and capable 100 year-old in 3 distinct, yet interdependent categories; physical, chemical and neuro-emotional. Ideally, if you are optimizing for these 3 areas and their respective sub-definitions, the vision is that not only are you going to live longer, but as a byproduct, you are going to live better. Optimizing for longevity does not mean you have to sacrifice your current quality of life in order to preserve the “good times” for the future.
Solving The Problem:
As it stands today, human lifespan can be explained by the graph below. The X-axis being quite simple to understand, meaning the further you go to the right, the longer you live. The Y-axis is a little more nuanced, but represents your quality of life. Essentially, we continue to thrive on an upward trajectory until aging and/or chronic disease set in and we start to go downhill. Some faster, some slower than others; generally speaking this is what it looks like graphed out.
THE OLD CURVE
It’s important to understand the highlights of this graph so we can start to develop a new objective around how we want the new graph to look; the longevity graph. The 3 distinct characteristics of this graph are:
1. The peak of healthspan
2. The peak of 50% of healthspan
3. The rate of decline
THE NEW CURVE
New features of the graph that we are optimizing for:
1. Drive more lifespan
- Potentially opening the door for step-function changes; i.e. the ability for technology to intervene and promote naturally increased lifespans
- Spend more time doing the things you love without physical limitations
- Minimizing the amount of end of life suffering
2. Delay the rate of decline of healthspan
3. Compress the period of morbidity
STATERA | pillars
Now that we have clear and defined objectives, it will become clearer to understand the WHAT and HOW in achieving these goals. Throughout this blog, we will be expanding on key longevity strategies and tactics, by synthesizing the best content in the 5 STATERA | pillars to give you a roadmap towards living longer, living better.
For more information on longevity, it can’t be emphasized you check out the inspiration and true thought leader in the field of longevity sciences: Dr. Peter Attia, whose medical practice is centered around the art and science of extending lifespan and healthspan. None of these principles highlighted are original thought, but synthesized from a magnitude of scientific giants. If the topics in this post interest you, I can’t recommend enough you check out the resources listed below.
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