Happy New Year! Wishing you all some inspiring reads, but also health, adventures and a fulfilling life. This month’s book focuses on the topic of health and how to extend the healthful part of your life.
Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity is an interesting book about the science of longevity and what we can do to live both a long and healthful life. Dr. Peter Attia argues for the value of what he calls “Medicine 3.0” which focuses on preventing rather than curing (the latter being, according to him, the focus of the current “Medicine 2.0”). He provides multiple examples for measurements that can help detect health issues much earlier than we do now. Some of the downsides include cost or unwarranted stress if the results are not actionable or have risks of false positives.
Independently from these measurements, he discusses different dimensions of daily life (diet, sleep, exercise) that have a dramatic impact on longevity and can be implemented at low cost.
The last section is on emotional health. In that section he takes the role of patient (instead of Doctor) and describes how addressing his own emotional health has enabled him to extend the quality and length of his life. This section is less “principled” and more anecdotal. I think it is important to list emotional health as the factors for longevity, but one may want to read other books on the topic to learn more about it.