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Medicine 3.0: Extending Human Lifespan with Dr. Peter Attia

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What’s the maximum human lifespan? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore how to extend your longevity, the history of medicine, and how we can live better with author of Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity, Dr. Peter Attia.

What is a lifespan versus a healthspan? Learn about how the human lifespan has been improved through medicine and how our healthspans have struggled to keep up. We discuss the evolutions of medicine, randomized control trials versus epidemiology, and chronic disease.

What is aging? If we eliminate disease will we still age? We learn how cancer works, Alzheimer’s disease, and what happens as we age. We break down the top things that will extend your lifespan. What makes the biggest difference in one’s longevity over anything else?

How do you prevent neurodegenerative diseases? Find out about protein folding, genetic markers for Alzheimer’s, and one’s cognitive reserve. We discuss VO2 max and what the best type of exercise is for longevity. We talk about the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” and the evolutionary reason you might want to catch more Zs.

Thanks to our Patrons Charles Macko, Richard S Buller, Jane Boltz, Chris Bickford, and Alan Gratz for supporting us this week.

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