"The Top 3 Misconceptions About Life Extension"
by Frederic Patenaude
According to new studies, baby boomers
are less healthy than the previous generation.
Their rates of obesity is higher, they
are less active, and they experience
more health issues, which will eventually
become a big problem to society as baby-boomers
come into old age, in bad shape and
Yet, with all that we've learned in
the last 30 years about health, we'd
expect the new generations to live longer
Unfortunately, it's getting worse.
In this issue, I'd like to address some
of the top misconceptions people make
about life extension. In the next issue,
we'll talk about some of the secrets
to live longer.
Misconception #1 - “We're now
Thanks to some advances in medicine,
some diseases can now be treated and
this can extend the life of patients
that would have otherwise died. So because
of it, we'd like to think that we've
increased our lifespan.
Hardly so! We're getting sicker and
sicker with each generation, and although
we're able to ward off an early death,
most people now die of disease rather
than old age.
Misconception #2 - “It's all
This is where I have some good news
for you. Although genetics might come
into play to determine your “maximum
longevity potential,” that is
how long you can live based on your
genetics, most of game is based on what
you'll do in your life to take advantage
of that potential.
Sure, some people can eat just about
anything and live to be 90. But what
if they had taken better care of themselves?
Can you imagine how long they could
Maybe you don't have the constitution
to reach 100. I probably don't either.
But if you can manage to harness your
“longevity potential”, you
could add 5, 10, 20 years to your life.
Misconception #3: “Certain
foods will make you live longer”
People would like to get the magic pill.
“Just tell me what to eat to live
longer,” they'll say. In fact,
it's really easy to cash in on that
by selling the latest “supplement”
My friend, Wayne Gendel, the Life Extension
Specialist, gets asked that question
all the time. Here are a few things
I learned from him:
Eating Less- The most common
factor of long-lived people is calorie-restriction.
That means, most people who live longer
eat a little less than average. Now,
I know you've heard me say that when
we eat mostly fruits and vegetables,
it's important to eat enough!
However, you'll realize that when the
bulk of your diet is composed of fruits
and vegetables, and even when you learn
to consume enough food to meet your
needs, you'll still take in less calories
than what would be recommended for you
by daily averages.
-Thin is best. We no there are
no obese centenarians. But we also know
that being even slightly overweight
gives you no health advantage whatsoever.
It's been found by an insurance company
Over average weight
= very short life
Average weight = short life
Below average weight = long life
Very underweight = short life
So thin is best! If you can have a body
fat level that is below average, but
still within healthy ranges, then you're
dramatically increasing your chances
of living longer.
Stress levels - High stress levels
are not conducive to a long life, no
matter how good your diet is! We often
have to get at the root of emotional
issues if we want to achieve the kind
of stress-free life that is required
for living longer.
On a scale of 1 to 10, evaluate your
stress levels, and then find one thing
you could do to reduce your stress.
Other issues - Of course, there
are other important issues, such as
the release of natural growth hormones,
and how you can make that happen without
taking artificial supplements.
Just to give you an example, short bursts
of intense activity, such as jumping
ropes, sprinting, and so on, will help
release that natural growth hormone
to make you younger.
Life is precious, so I really want to
encourage you to study what you can
about living younger, avoiding degenerative
diseases, and harnessing your maximum
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