Story at a glance…
6 rather simple diet and lifestyle changes reduced biological age by 3.2 years over 2 months.
The changes were seen in older healthier males, suggesting larger gains in those who are obese or sick.
Preventing the premature effects of aging could save the world $7 trillion dollars.
Published in April of last year, a study found that older men put on a relatively simple 8-week program were able to reduce their biological age by 3.2 years.
It might be surprising to read, but it wasn’t a magic pill, a miracle cure, or some strange herb from a cave in Peru, that conferred this remarkable benefit on the men aged 50-72, but six small changes to diet and lifestyle aimed at altering their epigenetics.
The 6 changes consisted of:
- Recommendations for better sleep, and for a duration of at least 7 hours.
- Some phytonutrient powder supplements consisting of polyphenols and curcumin.
- A 10-minute meditation or breathing practice, done twice daily.
- Moderate, 12-hour intermittent fasting.
- A probiotic consisting of Lactobacillus plantarum.
- 30 minutes of exercise per day 5-days a week at 60-80% of maximum heart rate.
The goal of the study was to affect “epigenetics” which could be described as human adaptation in response to conditions met throughout life. Epigenetics can’t turn us into a different species, but they do allow Sherpas to live in the high altitude of the Himalayas year round, or indigenous Indonesians to stay underwater for long periods without needing to breathe.
It makes babies conceived during periods of famine or food scarcity more susceptible to conserving glucose throughout their life, and much more besides.
There are epigenetic changes that make us age faster, and there are changes that slow or even reverse this process.