When it comes to aging well, we all have to set our own standards and goals.
That might mean playing with your grandkids on the floor, carrying groceries up several flights of stairs, or being able to be present emotionally and mentally for your spouse. Thinking of these detailed goals helps us reverse engineer our lives to achieve the quality and longevity in life we truly desire.
It just takes a little thought and planning, and of course the right actions to make it happen.
Today’s guest on The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Peter Attia, shares his own story of setting those kinds of goals, a process called backcasting, and how he overcame obesity and prediabetes by establishing a foundation of healthier aging.
Dr. Attia is the founder of Attia Medical, PC, a medical practice with offices in San Diego and New York City, focusing on the applied science of longevity. His approach focuses on increasing lifespan by delaying the onset of chronic disease, while simultaneously improving “healthspan,” or quality of life. To do this, his practice applies nutritional biochemistry, exercise physiology, sleep physiology, techniques to increase distress tolerance, lipidology, pharmacology, and endocrinology.
- How Peter came to learn he was pre-diabetic (2:38)
- Peter’s experience eating a ketogenic diet and his book recommendation on the subject, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek (8:30)
- Interviews Peter has done on his podcast, The Drive, with world experts on heart disease, Ron Krauss, M.D. and Tom Dayspring, M.D., FACP, FNLA: (15:55)
- How Peter tests for heart disease (19:00)
- Food as medicine (32:25)
- 5 tools for optimal health (35:04)
- Why eating earlier in the day may be best (41:25)
- The 4 ways LDL cholesterol is driven (47:33)
- Statin drugs (59:26)
- Aging, longevity and training for the centenarian olympics (1:05:30)
- Find Peter online and subscribe to his podcast, Drive, at peterattiamd.com (1:30:30)
- You can also find Peter on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Apple Podcasts.
We talk about all this and so much more on this week’s episode, I hope you’ll join us.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD