There is an article at Value Walk that reports on chinese researchers using CRISPR gene editing to extend the lives of mice by 25%. Matthew Bacher, the writer of the Value Walk article then discussed a Lancet article from 2018 that forecasted life expectancy in 35 industrial countries would increase by 4 years by 2030. Matthew Bacher did not link to the Lancet article. The likely article is Forecasting life expectancy, years of life lost, and all-cause and cause-specific for 250 causes of death: reference and alternative scenarios for 2016–40 for 195 countries and territories”.
Matthew then makes two points of commentary.
Existing in a world where individuals are able to receive treatment to live longer borders dystopian science fiction. The treatment can reduce the need for medical attention by potentially reducing injuries, heart attacks, and organ failures.
So Matthew is saying everyone living longer is a really bad thing.
Matthew then describes people hating remote work under COVID and hating working in the office.
How do we find rest and recuperation when we are living within the office space? Time on the job stretches on forever as we receive work emails while watching Netflix with our families. If life expectancy in humans gets extended by using CRISPR/Cas 9 are we just creating our own version of purgatory?
So it seems that Matthew hates his life and his work and thinks that everyone else does as well.
Simple Fix For Matthew – Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
Everyone who is like Matthew can follow the sixties rock star or current WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) wrestler lifestyle. Most WWE wrestlers die before the age of 65. They have 5 times the mortality at every age. Five times more die in their 30s, 40s, and 50s than the regular public.
The mortality rate of Rock star performers shoots up to three times that of the rest of us. Living fast as a rock megastar does make you die young – of the 100 performers in the sample who died early, the average age was 42 for North American stars and just 35 for those in Europe.
Matt could smoke a pack (20 cigarettes) per day and take ten years off his life. But cigarette smoke only makes you look a little cooler and gives a mild addictive boost.
Matt really needs cocaine and heroin.
Matthew could use cocaine once per day starting from age 18 and he will likely be dead by the time he is 66. He could do three cocaine lines per day and likely be dead by 51.
Woo Hoo!! Exciting.
In Mid-October, 2020 (when the US had 215000 COVID deaths), COVID had caused a reduction in US life expectancy at birth of 1.13 y to 77.48 y, lower than any year since 2003. There was a 0.87-y reduction in life expectancy at age 65 y. The Black and Latino populations are estimated to experience declines in life expectancy at birth of 2.10 and 3.05 y, respectively, both of which are several times the 0.68-y reduction for Whites.
Black life expectancy would shorten by 2.10 years to 72.78 years, and for Latinos, by 3.05 years to 78.77 years.
Whites are also impacted, but their projected decline is much smaller — 0.68 years — to a life expectancy of 77.84 years.
US COVID deaths are now passing 500,000 in the USA and are on track to over 700k and possibly 1 million by the summer.
Life expectancy will likely have dropped by 3 years overall in the US and as much as 5-6 years for Black and Latinos.
The bad news from Matt is that the life-extension trend has been trending from about 150 years. It started with better sanitation, clean water, and then with antibiotics and vaccines and now new medical treatment.
The increase in life expectancy for mice has been achieved many times and in many different ways for the last thirty years. The extension of life in mice has not been successfully adapted to humans other than people who followed adjusted dietary and exercise and lifestyle choices.
Longevity does not just happen most of the time. You have to want it and work at it. You could get some genes that protect you despite a bad lifestyle. This can be seen with Keith Richards. He abused alcohol and drugs but is still alive at 77.
The Keith Richards example is rare. If you follow the Keith Richards lifestyle, then 95% of the time you will succeed in dying before 50. Keith was a bit of a slacker. I am sure two or three more doses of cocaine and heroin very day or an added two drink binges each week and Keith would have died by the time he was 50. Matt does not have to give up hope for fast life and quick death.
My Plan is the Opposite
I enjoy living life now without abusing substances. I diet and exercise and indulge in gourmet meals and dishes.
I adopt some but not all aspects of the Seventh Day Adventists lifestyle.
On average, Adventist men live 7.3 years longer and Adventist women live 4.4 years longer than other Californians.
Five simple health behaviors promoted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 100 years including not smoking, eating a plant-based diet, eating nuts several times per week, regular exercise, and maintaining normal body weight, can increase life span up to 10 years.
Eating legumes was protective for colon cancer.
Eating nuts several times a week reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%.
Eating whole meal bread instead of white bread reduced non-fatal heart attack risk by 45%.
Drinking 5 or more glasses of water a day may reduce heart disease by 50%.
Men who had a high consumption of tomatoes reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 40%.
Drinking soy milk more than once daily may reduce prostate cancer by 70%.
I do not smoke. I do not take any drugs. I drink alcohol in moderation and only once every week or two. I exercise regularly. I have been maintaining a mostly stable weight. I eat nuts and try to increase vegetable consumption. I do drink lots of water.
I will research and will use life extension procedures with strong scientific proof.
I have started taking metformin and fish oil.
SOURCES – Lancet, PNAS, ValueWalk
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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