Getting older is not for the faint of heart but with the current cost of living, the pursuit of healthy longevity may seem to be limited to the wealthy. It’s much harder to eat a nutritious, fresh-food diet, get regular exercise, and stay socially engaged when funds are limited – not to mention the expensive supplements, books and technologies that promise to offer the key to a long health span. But longevity and genetics researchers hope to change all that and to democratize longevity drugs, education and knowledge.
According to a recent MindBodyGreen Integrative Health post, David Sinclair, Ph.D. is on a mission to educate the world about health in old age and the small lifestyle changes that can help slow or even reverse aging. His book, Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To, shares much of the knowledge he has amassed in his ongoing study of healthy longevity. He plans to launch a podcast in the New Year to share tools to help people everywhere learn the lifestyle habits that offer the most impact on future health and wellbeing.
Sinclair isn’t the only scientist working to make longevity breakthroughs accessible and affordable to everyone. Longevity expert Sergey Young created the Longevity Fund three years ago, working with more than 200 companies each year to support research with a goal to help extend the healthy lifespans of one billion people globally.
While biohacking may still be out of reach for the average person looking to improve their overall health and longevity, small daily lifestyle habits can support a longer, and more active older age. Stopping smoking, exercising, eating a healthy plant-based diet, and prioritizing sleep, social engagement and stress management are all tools that everyone can access to support a healthy life. Discovering a sense of purpose has also been linked with a greater sense of well-being in older age. Small changes, over time, can produce big results!