Longevity lessons, drivers and myths

Longevity.Technology’s CEO Phil Newman in conversation with Aaron Pang, the Founder of Transformative Purpose.

Longevity.Technology’s Founder and CEO was a guest on the Transformative Purpose podcast hosted by Aaron Pang.

Phil and Aaron discussed the concept of longevity, how to live a longer and healthier life, trending longevity topics, how people can navigate in this growing space, as well as myths people should watch out for.

The podcast is also available on Spotify and Apple.

Phil Newman on…

Longevity Drivers

When it comes to the drivers for longevity, it’s a case of back to basics. The drivers are diet, sleep, exercise, dropping alcohol as much as possible, managing your stress levels, movement and interaction with other people. Those seven are the basics, and seven things that everybody can do – and most of them are free.

While there is a symbiosis between the drivers, personally, I have become particularly sleep obsessed since I started to understand longevity and what sleep means for me in terms of rejuvenating my body. I try now to get 8 and a half hours sleep a night. and I find that is a really important factor in my well-being.

I try to eat as healthily as possible, and exercise is really important as well. What type of exercise you do is your choice, but you have to exercise and you need to be able to mix different types of exercise. Just doing cardio all the time won’t cut it because you’re not putting your body under the necessary strain that it needs to be in order to accommodate what you need to do in in later life.

My brain age is is 30 [test courtesy of Longevity Center] which I’m really happy about, because my cognition is something that’s quite important to me personally. One of my parents died from dementia and the other suffers with it, so I want to ensure I optimize my brain as much as I can. I want my children to think I’m still great company when I’m 95, rather than being burdened by my being infirm and unable to manage my own life.

Longevity is here to stay

Longevity is most definitely not a fad; the concept that people felt it was snake oil was what I experienced at the beginning, but that has absolutely gone now. People are seeing the science coming through that aging is plastic – you can actually rewind the clock in the body. There’s very early science that’s looking to do that at a systemic level and do it over the whole body. I hope I am an example of longevity – biologically I’m 49, although I am 56 years old, so I’m an example of what’s possible.

The societal implications for an aging society means that there’s an absolute top down imperative from government now to make this a a solid science. Longevity is 100% an industry now. It’s still only 1/50 of the biotech industry, but that’s better than 1/150 of the biotech industry. And it’s definitely happening.

Longevity lessons

Don’t do damage early! Younger people should think about the damage that they’re doing, whether it’s too much alcohol, staying up too late, burning the candle at both ends, experimenting with things in life – all of these things will come to get you later in life! Whereas, if you’re sensible, you can live longer and in a very healthy condition for longer, so you need to make sure you don’t do the damage too early. Interestingly, though, analysis shows that the largest population that would look to supplement for their future health is the 20 to 25-year-old bracket – and I find that really encouraging.

My hearing is going, and it’s very frustrating, but in my 20s I was a drummer, I played in a band, I went to loads of gigs, stood next to loads of speakers and now I have irreversible ear damage. I wish I’d worn ear plugs!

So, damage control and eat a healthy diet – the amount of rubbish that people consume now because it’s just so convenient is is doing a lot of metabolic damage to your body, and it’s hard to shift fat once you’ve got it, so start early!

When it comes to longevity influencers and advocates, people need to be sensible and read the detail. Don’t take an intervention or a supplement just because someone tells you it’s great. There are some very good supplements out there that are based on great scientific evidence, so I would always look at the science behind these interventions. Read the small print, research references and access background information on the choices that you’re making. Or just start with the basics – diet, sleep, exercise, less alcohol, less stress.