Modern medicine offers the possibility of living to 100, but is simply reaching a century in age the goal? Physician and bestselling author Peter Attia suggests there's more to it.
He advocates for a focus on our "health span," the period of life free from chronic disease, rather than just our life span.
In a conversation, Attia delves into what he calls "the Four Horsemen of Chronic Disease" – cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive diseases (like Alzheimer's), and metabolic diseases (such as Type 2 diabetes).
He highlights the importance of specificity in training for longevity by introducing the concept of the "Centenarian Decathlon."
This approach means considering what you want to be capable of in your later years, like hiking for two miles when you're 80.
General activities won't suffice, as ageing affects strength, stamina, and balance significantly.
Attia emphasizes the power of exercise for longevity, even a modest increase in physical activity significantly reducing mortality risk.
It's a practical and accessible step toward a longer and healthier life.
Screening and early detection also play a role in preventive healthcare despite potential costs.
Attia argues that the expense of preventive measures pales in comparison to treating advanced diseases. While screenings may carry a price tag, other vital elements of health, like nutrition and exercise, are within everyone's reach.
According to the longevity doctor, it's not about being wealthy in the end; it's about making choices that enhance your health span and give you the best chance at a fulfilling and healthy life well into your senior years.