Dr Peter Attia’s advice on dodging death

Do you want to live to a good old age? Researcher Dr Peter Attia discussed his top tips with paleo diet enthusiast Chris Kresser in March 16. This is summary of what he had to say.

Henny Nonne (geb. Heye), Max Nonne
Professor Max Nonne und Frau [Henny Nonne], geb. Heye
There are a few obvious big things that we can all do to dodge death at a prematurely.

  1. Choose to be a non- smoker.
  2. Don’t die by suicide.
  3. Avoid accidental deaths.  Most of these are caused by three things, Road Traffic Accidents, accidental poisoning, including the wrong use of prescription medication, and falls. You can minimise these by using a seatbelt, driving carefully, particularly at junctions, not using the phone when driving and avoiding any alcohol use at all when driving.  When you are a pedestrian be wary of drivers, cross the road in safe places and be very careful regarding alcohol intake.
  4. About 80% of all deaths in the over 40s are caused by the diseases of civilisation: atheromatous disease causing heart attacks and strokes, cancer and neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Some of these have a genetic basis that we can do nothing about, but there are lifestyle measures you can take to delay or avoid them.
  5. Keep your blood glucose and therefore blood insulin levels low and with a low level of variability. A high fat, moderate to low protein and low carbohydrate diet is best for this. Dr Attia’s opinion is that 20% carb 20% protein 60% fat is about right.
  6. Avoid stress. There are two components to this. To feel fulfilled and happy you need meaning in your life. You will be happier if you can give support to others and receive it from them too. Minimise stress if you can. Consider meditation practice.
  7. Get a good sleep every night. Sleep deprivation causes severe insulin resistance. Keep the bedroom completely dark. Keep it cool to even cold. Avoid blue light from computers, phones or lights for several hours before sleep. Consider using melatonin, phosphatidylserine, magnesium, L-threonate and vitamin D to enhance your sleep if you are not sleeping well.
  8. Exercise. This has stress benefits of its own and also improves glucose uptake into the muscles if the right exercises are done. For best increase in muscle insulin sensitivity Peter advises squats and deadlifts done with good form and with very heavy weights.
  9. Decide what you are going to do for your optimum benefit and then change your habits so that they become second nature. Repetition is the key.
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