How to Easily Live Decades Longer

by Nils Osmar. September 16, 2022. Medical Disclaimer

It can be a little discouraging if we look at the average lifespan for people in our country and gender (i.e, men in the U.S.; women in Australia), and compare it with our current age. If we’re already in our fifties or sixties, the end can appear to be just around the corner.

But a key thing to understand, if your goal is extreme longevity, is that average lifespan is very different from expected lifespan.

For example, I’m 69. The average lifespan for males in the United States is around 78. So in that sense, I might expect to be dead in nine years. Super bummer!

But this is actually inaccurate, because once I’ve reached 69, I’ve already passed through some dangers and left them behind.

For example, I’m not likely to die of a childhood disease or parental neglect. I won’t run into a busy street chasing a ball. Not being a toddler, I know what water is and am unlikely to trip over my shoelaces, fall into a puddle and drown.

By the same token, I’m less likely than a 22 year old to die in a knife fight or get drunk and doing something dumb. I don’t drive as much as I used to, don’t drink-and-drive, and don’t need to use the freeway most of the time, so I’m less likely than I would once have been to die in traffic.

I’ve been a kid… been a young adult… lived through the potential dangers associated with being in those age groups and moved on.

Average versus expected lifespan

I mentioned above that the average lifespan of a man in the United States, in 2022, is 79 years old. But it turns out that the “expected” lifespan for a man in the U.S. who has already reached 69 is another 18 years. If I do nothing, barring an unusual run of bad luck, I should live till I’m around 88.

All of this is assuming that I’m not proactive. If I do things that are reasonably likely to increase my odds of being here longer, it’s reasonable to think that I could easily live to 100, or 110.

My current regimen

My current anti-aging routine includes interventions like exercising; eating a high nutrient diet (making sure to get enough protein and leucine and healthy fats); taking cold showers; doing time restricted eating; aiming to get enough sleep; doing one 36 hour fast a week; getting medical care when needed; spending quality time with people; doing things I love doing; and taking supplements to restore my levels of NAD+, AKG, glutathione, nitric oxide, testosterone, hGH, etc. to those of young adulthood.

Each of these should increase the likelihood of my being in the world a while longer. Doing multiple things at once (not smoking; not drinking, or not drinking to excess; exercising; breathing clean air and water; eating whole natural foods as the foundation of a healthy diet; and being thoughtful in our interactions in the world) should result in a cumulative gain in years of live.

None of these are guaranteed to keep me, or anyone, around forever. I could still die tomorrow in a random accident. (I read recently about a couple dying when a plane fell from the sky and plowed into their house.)

But by the same token, each of things I’m doing, if the current research is accurate, is reasonably likely to increase my lifespan. If even one or two or them turn out to be effective, it’s not unreasonably to suppose that I could end up living decades longer. And if that happens, I’ll be around and in good shape when we pass escape velocity, the point at which the medical advances that come around every year can buy us more than one additional year of life. We have a great deal to gain, and little to lose from trying, in my estimation.

So the short answer is — anything and everything we’re doing could end up buying us year or decades or even centuries more of life.

You can check how long you might typically be expected to live (if you do nothing to extend your life) at this link. Just enter your age and where you live. To do so, see this article, appropriately entitled: How long are you going to live?

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