How to Increase Longevity? This was the question on Google’s mind last year.
In mid-2014, I posted a blog about Calico, a new biotech division of Google that was focused on how to increase longevity. Back then, they were just getting started. Now, with the power and financial backing Google has, they are an entity to keep an eye on and take seriously.
The Team Who will Increase Longevity
Little by little the enterprising biopharmaceutical start-up has been reaching out to, and teaming up with some of the most significant researchers in the field. Recently they announced a partnership with the Broad Institute, a joint research institution between MIT and Harvard University.
This partnership brings some of the top thought leaders on disease and aging into the mix at Calico. As most announcements regarding Google’s biotech venture, details of the exact partnership are a little shadowy.
In a statement to the press, Calico said, its goal is to help Broad researchers study aging and translate their findings into new therapies.
Last year, Calico inked a billion dollar deal with giant pharmaceutical manufacturer AbbVie. It has also announced a partnership with San Francisco based QB3, a University of California institute researching how to increase longevity and prevent age-related disease.
In a press release QB3 said, “With committed funding from Calico, the partnership will identify, fund and support QB3 research projects focused on the difficult challenges posed by age-related diseases.”
Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin, has been known to say that Calico’s ultimate mission is to “cure death.” That is a pretty ambitious goal, but Calico is putting together the minds and the resources that could increase longevity.
Just How Long Could We Live?
Is there an upper limit to human lifespan? That is not an easy question to answer. Some scientists claim that the first person to live to 1,000 years or more, is already alive today. I am not so sure about that. Others say in the not too distant future, living an average of 120 years or more should be achievable by most people.
I think rather than discussing how to increase longevity, we should be focusing on what myself and other anti-aging professionals refer to as “healthy aging” – or how to increase your lifespan. There is a lot that each of us can do right now, to improve our individual lifespan.
You can start by simply reducing the number of calories you eat. This has been the one scientifically proven method to increase longevity. Then, you need to think about what you eat, and how you eat. Of course, regular exercise comes into the picture, as does getting enough sleep and reducing stress.
Finally, there are medical interventions and protocols we have right now that can help increase longevity. These include: hormone replacement therapies to stem cell techniques.
If you do all of these things, can anyone guarantee that you will live to 120 or more? No, but I can tell you this, you will be able to increase longevity with these activities , and be able to do great things as long as do you live . In the long run, isn’t that more important?
Would you like to increase longevity and live to 100 or more? What would you do with all of the extra time?
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