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It’s the end of this magnificent life as we know it, the ceasing of the wonderful pleasures we have enjoyed, relationships we have had and of our impact on the world.
But is it really the end?
It appears that modern science has found at least one habit for how to live forever.
Aging is So Last Century
Last century the global average life expectancy was only 31 years and now it’s risen to 67.2 years in 2010. Our life expectancy, quality of life and entire landscape has massively changed in only 100 short years and it appears to not be slowing down.
In the Western world, we gain about 3 months of increased life expectancy for every year of research (ratio 0.25:1) and this has gone on for the past 160 years, but this may soon speed up.
This is due to The Law of Accelerating Returns, which is the exponential growth that can be seen in numerous overarching systems such as evolution, technology and economics.
An example of this is Moore’s Law, which is the exponential growth in computing hardware where power doubles every 2 years. As an example of the sheer significance of this fact, realise that if you doubled a penny every day for 30 days, you’d end up with £10,737,418.24.
Soon technological advancement is going to rapidly increase to the point at which we gain an additional year of life expectancy for every year of improvement (ratio 1:1). This is also known as the Longevity Escape Velocity, the point of indefinite lifespans and immortality.
When the first-generation of rejuvenative therapies becomes available we may be able to add for example 30% onto our lifespans (20 years). This would enable us to live long enough to receive the second-generation rejuvenation therapies which add another 30%, and so on.
Now this may sound impossible, unbelievable or even undesirable. But look at the world around you – who could have predicted that the world would end up like this a century earlier? Look at how fast we’re progressing, you only have to look at the emerging technologies or past innovation to realise that growth rapidly increasing.
Immortality will be inevitably achieved by humans and it may appear that it will be within our lifetimes, all that we have to do is live long enough to live forever.
Now ignoring all the philosophical and practical debates about the
As time is our most valuable possession, I’ll assume you’d like to learn how to live forever (or at least have a massively extended lifespan) and focus now on the how-to.
So how do we reach live long enough to reach the Longevity Escape Velocity?
You’ve Already Achieved the First Step
In a landmark 80-year longevity study on the strongest predictors of long lifespan, conscientiousness has been proven to be the leading factor in how to live forever.
What is conscientiousness? It’s self-discipline, thoughtfulness and dedication to growth; and high levels of this lead to better health, higher quality relationships and life satisfaction.
You’re conscientious by the mere fact you found this website – you’re dedicated to self-improvement, creating habits and finding solutions which improve your quality of life (you can find out what aspects of conscientiousness you’re strong in and those that have room for improvement using this test here).
In terms of things you can actually do at this moment, options are limited. The most important thing you can do by far is support anti-ageing research, seeing as researchers will be making the big steps towards the most effective rejuvenative treatments.
However there is at least one habit for how to live forever at the moment.
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How to Live Forever
The method is known as the CRON diet aka Caloric-Restriction with Optimal Nutrition. Basically all it means is reducing your daily intake of calories by 20-40%, whilst still ingesting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients one needs to survive.
The exact mechanisms are not fully understood, but it does improve a number of biomarkers associated with increased lifespan e.g. antioxidant activity, insulin sensitivity, metabolic rate, DNA repair and decreases age-related disease such as diabetes and heart disease.
Extended lifespan hasn’t been demonstrated directly yet in humans due to the long duration of such studies. However CR has been shown to extend lifespan across a wide variety of species including mice, fish, worms, spiders, and nonhuman primates.
But living on a CRON diet sucks. Having to weigh ALL your food, micromanage your nutrients and resist cravings for more food every day? Never again. I’ll have write about my 6-month caloric restriction experiment sometime.
Loss of libido, muscle and bone density? Jump for joy. Could you even commit to this sort of diet long-term whilst being fully physically and psychologically healthy? I know I couldn’t.
It all comes back down to the quantity vs quality of life balance: is it worth living those extra years if you’re enjoying life less? I guess it all depends on your motivations, but I look for a healthy balance of enjoying the moment and creating a better future.
Fortunately, there is a solution which doesn’t require you to micromanage how many calories you consume on a daily basis.
This alternative approach allows you to feast, with no reduction in calories and have all the same health benefits. Sticking to this diet is much easier also and there are none of the negative side effects of CRON diets.
Tune in next week for more details. For now, I’d like you to share your experiences with dieting. Has calorie cutting ever worked for you over a significant period of time? How much weight loss did you experience, and did you gain it back?