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Living to 110 on a science-based diet
Valter Longo: Longevity scientist
Dr. Valter Longo returns to the podcast to talk about his new book, The Longevity Diet. The Italian scientist is professor in Gerontology and Biological Science and director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. The book, already a best-seller in Italy, is the result of decades of research – including laboratory and field studies – into the mechanisms behind the aging process. The diet is based on a low protein and fish-based plan with periodic fasting. In this in-depth interview Dr. Longo explains why he believes it is the optimal regime to live a long and healthy life; how getting to the age of 110 is a realistic goal, and why the word ‘intermittent’ should be banished from conversations about diet.
Notes & Quotes
“I never liked this clock on life and the fact that you are treated based on your chronological age.”
“If we created a group of people that followed all the recommendations…we are going to get closer and closer to this 110 average lifespan – for that group.”
48:05 – Why the terms ‘Intermittent Fasting,’ Mediterranean Diet’ and ‘in moderation’ are misleading and “blocking people” from understanding the science behind diet and fasting. “It’s important to stay away from these words that are easy to say and mean nothing.” 01:01:35 – More information: The Longevity Diet, Prof. Valter Longo’s Facebook page.