In this Expert Insight Interview, Stephen Petteruti discusses the science of anti-aging and how to live to be 120. Stephen Petteruti is the founder of Functional Medicine, a family physician, research and development speaker, and author of The Cancer Machine.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The stigmatization of anti-aging
- How to successfully set your anti-aging objectives
- Why fitness doesn’t guarantee a long and healthy life
Anti-Aging and Modern Medicine
When people hear about the science of anti-aging, the first thing that probably springs to mind for most is expensive cosmetics and even more expensive cosmetic surgery. However, aging is the most significant risk factor that compromises human health and vitality. The strange thing is that the science to combat aging is available, but it isn’t really included in modern medicine.
There’s a perception of anti-aging as a frivolous, purely aesthetic pursuit for the rich and vain. The truth is that there are two sides to the story — people do need to be cautious about following the breadcrumbs to a black hole of false hope, but on the flip side, the science is real, and it has been pushed forward rapidly.
Like with any other endeavor, the first thing a person on an anti-aging journey needs to do is set the objective. Rather than simply accepting the status quo, we are more likely to succeed if we orient ourselves towards a specific goal.
When Dr Steve talks about living to be 120, he doesn’t simply mean achieving this number of years but living at full capacity until a very advanced age. The challenge to achieving this goal is knowing what to apply and when. This is one of the things that his work in intellectual medicine hopes to guide people towards.
Fitness vs Longevity
There’s a difference between fitness/athleticism and longevity. Having six-pack abs doesn’t guarantee that you won’t keel over with a heart attack next month. Unfortunately, untimely deaths of top-level athletes are well-documented, not to mention the burnout and bodily deterioration widely associated with professional sports.
The truth is that every human being needs to find what form of anti-aging therapy they need and how it fits their lifestyle and budget. Dr Steve believes that everyone should be doing some form of anti-aging; it is just a matter of figuring out what provides you with the best value.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.