Outlive The science & art of longevity

Peter Attia

Book - 2023

"Wouldn't you like to live longer? And better? In this operating manual for longevity, Dr. Peter Attia draws on the latest science to deliver innovative nutritional interventions, techniques for optimizing exercise and sleep, and tools for addressing emotional and mental health. For all its successes, mainstream medicine has failed to make much progress against the diseases of aging that kill most people: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and type 2 diabetes. Too often,... it intervenes with treatments too late to help, prolonging lifespan at the expense of healthspan, or quality of life. Dr. Attia believes we must replace this outdated framework with a personalized, proactive strategy for longevity, one where we take action now, rather than waiting. This is not 'biohacking,' it's science: a well-founded strategic and tactical approach to extending lifespan while also improving our physical, cognitive, and emotional health. Dr. Attia's aim is less to tell you what to do and more to help you learn how to think about long-term health, in order to create the best plan for you as an individual. In Outlive, readers will discover: Why the cholesterol test at your annual physical doesn't tell you enough about your actual risk of dying from a heart attack; that you may already suffer from an extremely common yet underdiagnosed liver condition that could be a precursor to the chronic diseases of aging; why exercise is the most potent pro-longevity 'drug'--and how to begin training for the 'Centenarian Decathlon"; why you should forget about diets, and focus instead on nutritional biochemistry, using technology and data to personalize your eating pattern; why striving for physical health and longevity, but ignoring emotional health, could be the ultimate curse of all. Aging and longevity are far more malleable than we think; our fate is not set in stone. With the right roadmap, you can plot a different path for your life, one that lets you outlive your genes to make each decade better than the one before"--Publisher marketing.

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Informational works
Self-help publications
New York : Harmony [2023]
First edition
Item Description
"Rethinking medicine to live better longer"--Cover.
Physical Description
482 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-470) and index.
Main Author
Peter Attia (author)
Other Authors
Bill (Journalist) Gifford (author)
  • The long game: from fast death to slow death
  • Medicine 3.0: rethinking medicine for the age of chronic disease
  • Objective, strategy, tactics: a road map for reading this book
  • Centenarians: the older you get, the healthier you have been
  • Eat less, live longer: the science of hunger and health
  • The crisis of abundance: can our ancient genes cope with our modern diet?
  • The ticker: confronting and preventing heart disease, the deadliest killer on the planet
  • The runaway cell: new ways to address the killer that is cancer
  • Chasing memory: understanding Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases
  • Thinking tactically: building a framework of principles that work for you
  • Exercise: the most powerful longevity drug
  • Training 101: how to prepare for the centenarian decathlon
  • The gospel of stability: relearning how to move to prevent injury
  • Nutrition 3.0: you say potato, I say "nutritional biochemistry"
  • Putting nutritional biochemistry into practice: how to find the right eating pattern for you
  • The awakening: how to learn to love sleep, the best medicine for your brain
  • Work in progress: the high price of ignoring emotional health.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This rigorous debut by physician Attia dispenses guidance on living longer while staying healthier. "The odds are overwhelming that you will die as a result of... heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, or type 2 diabetes," he writes, outlining strategies to stave off these four "chronic diseases of aging." The author's medical philosophy emphasizes prevention over treatment, recognizes that what works for one person might not work for the next, evaluates "risk versus reward versus cost" on a case-by-case basis, and prioritizes maintaining one's "healthspan." He strikes the delicate balance between providing scientific background and keeping his explanations accessible, as when he relates that long-distance running and biking help fend off neurodegenerative disease because they cause the body to generate a molecule that bolsters the health of brain structures implicated in storing memories. Attia's acknowledgement that diets aren't one-size-fits-all is a welcome departure from the overgeneralizations of similar volumes, and he provides recommendations on modulating protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake depending on one's age, sex, and activity levels. The familiar suggestions to reduce stress, eat healthier, and exercise are elevated by the depth of detail and lucid prose that Attia brings to the table. This stands a notch above other fare aimed at boosting health and longevity. (Mar.)

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A data- and anecdote-rich invitation to live better, and perhaps a little longer, by making scientifically smart choices. Trained as an oncological surgeon, Attia became interested in longevity because he saw that the "Four Horsemen" worked against it: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. All play a role in an unhealthy system, and all interrelate. If you have Type 2 diabetes, then your chances of developing heart disease, cancer, and neurological disorders increases, and if your goal is to live well in old age, then it behooves you to change your ways in order to keep your insulin reception levels in the clear. How to do so? Attia avoids toss-off recommendations, instead examining categories of self-care. One powerful component of healthful living is the sort of exercise that burns body fats and sugar most efficiently. This, too, interrelates with diet. "The best science out there," he writes, "says that what you eat matters, but the first-order term is how you eat: how many calories you take into your body." Accordingly, caloric reduction strategies play a role, combating the effects of what he calls the Standard American Diet, "our default food environment." Attia, a lucid and careful writer, eschews easy recipes for what to eat and how to exercise, for his conception of what he calls Medicine 3.0 tailors self-care to self, as in "know thyself." Therein lies a key point: His book abounds in science and not pat prescriptions precisely because biology doesn't have the same axiomatic certainties as mathematics and because, in order to participate in Medicine 3.0, readers must be truly active and not reactive. "You must be well informed, medically literate to a reasonable degree, clear-eyed about your goals, and cognizant of the true nature of risk," he writes. It may not produce a new Methuselah, but Attia's welcome book deserves the attention of anyone seeking a healthier life. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.