April 20, 2024

Science of Aging

More “hack” than “bio”: why biohacking sends the wrong messages about the pursuit of health and longevity

Distracting from the approaches that matter

Peter Attia

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There are few concepts in the longevity space that inspire my disdain more than the b-word: biohacking – the notion that individuals can enhance health, performance, and lifespan by adopting an array of experimental, esoteric, and often expensive interventions, from over-the-counter supplements and “DNA diets” to young blood transfusions and implanted computer chips or magnets.

The very term “biohacking” feels to me like an affront to those of us who strive to help others achieve meaningful improvements in health and quality of life. It seems to imply the existence of shortcuts to health and longevity, such that those who are in-the-know and have sufficient disposable income might circumvent the need for consistent adherence to tried-and-true approaches like exercise, nutrition, and good sleep. 

And yet, much to my chagrin, the popularity of this concept persists. Though I despise the thought of biohacking being associated with my work, I’m asked about it often, so I’d like to take a moment to make my thoughts on this subject as clear as possible. In this short video, I share the reasoning behind my belief that biohacking sends the wrong messages about the pursuit of a longer, healthier life, distracting from the interventions and lifestyle approaches that really matter for achieving that ultimate goal.



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