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Anti-aging: Paranoia, pessimism and realism
Magomed Khaidakov: Researcher
Do we all fret too much about growing old and potentially suffering ill health? The purpose of this podcast is to highlight lifestyle interventions that could help us live longer, healthier lives. It focusses on extending health span – the number of years that we enjoy optimum health. But could it be that such aspirations are over-rated and rather pander to paranoid personalities. Dr. Magomed Khaidakov is a research assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the author of A Pessimistic Guide to Anti-aging Research: Death is Immortal. The book offers a critical guide to current longevity research and anti-aging interventions. In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Dr Khaidakov explains his skepticism towards aging research and why he believes longevity science is dogged by “hype” and “self-promotion.”
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In this interview we cover:
- Dr. Khaidakov’s conditions for growing old.
- Holding a pessimistic or realistic view of aging?
- The “hype” and “self-promotion” surrounding aging research.
- Are study results distorted through the use of obese lab animals?
“There are several independent mechanisms of aging which are roughly synchronized. In other words, we have several assassins and they are independent contractors and if we neutralize one, another will kill us in approximately the same time frame.”
- The “sweet spot” for good health based on Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Is an extra 10 years, which is “within design limits” of the human body, worth it?
- Life span in years for humans, rats, mice, flies and worms (yes we know C. elegans only live days) versus health span.
- Why every day aging and general health issues are problems that are “almost solved.”
“It’s not a scientific problem, it’s a social problem. It’s a problem of self discipline, it’s a problem of the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.”
- The longevity business “driven by greed.”
- Exploring the design flaws of the human body.
- Health aging without effort “exploited” by those who devise health regimens.
- Lacking self-discipline and smoking.
“I do not follow the advice of the wise.”
- “Slightly paranoid personalities” who spend too much time pondering over their longevity.
- The practical and philosophical issues raised by death.
- Being content with a pleasurable life. No complaints.
- Why biology will play second fiddle to big data science in the future.
“It’s your personal decision whether you have a healthy lifestyle.”