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Reconsider Aging

When I say, ‘reconsidering’, I don’t mean “hmmm.. I think I’ll just stop aging” - I mean that we need to reframe how we think about aging. The reason is that many people think of it as one entity - one goal, but in reality, some goals are impossible to achieve, because they are semi-antithetic to one another. As one example, most people want to live a long life, and some people want to live the maximum length of life - extending their life past 100 years of age. All fair, but if your goal is also to be as strong/fit/capable as possible, you’ll find those goals conflict. Why? Because some of the actions that have been deemed beneficial for extending lifespan are not beneficial toward something called ‘healthspan’, or the overall optimal capability of your body. For example, healthspan is highly benefited by lifting weights and packing on lean mass, conferring benefit against osteoporosis, sarcopenia (muscle loss), tendinopathies, and much, much more. This, then, leads to a life devoid of debilitating diseases. However, this also encourages the consumption of sufficient protein, especially in older age. On the other hand, protein consumption is linked to reduced lifespan (compared to adequate, but lower protein consumption). So, it seems impossible to reconcile the two, and that’s because it is. We have to choose. 

That said, lifting weights, eating enough protein to grow, and other habits that would be contrary to maximum lifespan actually do provide a lifespan benefit, just not to maximum lifespan (as I currently understand the literature). Improving healthspan often translates to improving average lifespan. So, if a person is not physically active, has a poor diet, and so on, and they switch to a healthspan based plan, their lifespan will likely be longer than before, but it may be capped from reaching the maximum possible of the body. So, average lifespan and healthspan improve together, but maximum lifespan plays by different rules (in some cases). 

So, the question you should be asking yourself is… “Do I want to reach my maximum lifespan potential or do I want to increase my lifespan a sizable amount (but not maximally) and be able to rely on my body to keep me functional throughout?”

You must choose. It is your destiny, Luke. Nic For Premium content, including detailed articles and videos:  Premium content + Consulting Lite:

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