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Preventing Chronic Disease

One of the foundational lessons we can take away from studying centenarians — those who have lived to the age of 100+ — is that if you want to live longer, you have to live longer without chronic disease, not live longer with chronic disease. Unfortunately, our current healthcare system is primarily geared toward helping you live longer once you develop chronic disease. This, of course, is the opposite of the approach I take with my patients. 

Over 80% of deaths in people over 50 who do not smoke can be grouped into 4 main categories, what I like to call the four horsemen of chronic disease. These are: (1) atherosclerotic disease (comprised of cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease), (2) cancer, (3) neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s disease being the most common), and (4) metabolic disease (a spectrum of everything from hyperinsulinemia to insulin resistance to fatty liver disease to type 2 diabetes).

We have five main longevity tactics at our disposal to affect our longevity: (1) exercise, (2) sleep, (3) nutrition, (4) medications & supplements, and (5) distress tolerance. Below is a collection of podcasts and articles discussing how we can use these tactics to mitigate, prevent, and reverse chronic disease.

How alcohol disrupts sleep and contributes to Alzheimer’s disease

This audio clip is from our “Ask Me Anything” with sleep expert, Matthew Walker (Part I of III), originally released…

Visceral Fat vs. Subcutaneous Fat — What’s the Difference?

This clip is from “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode #17, originally released on November 9, 2020. If you’re a member, you…

Stress, Cortisol, and Sleep Deprivation: An Awful Feedback Loop

This audio clip is from our “Ask Me Anything” with sleep expert, Matthew Walker (Part I of III), originally released…

Are “safe” levels of air pollution really safe?

Current evidence, and what to do about it

Patient Case Study: Elevated Uric Acid and High Blood Pressure

This audio clip is from “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode #15 — Real-world case studies—metabolic dysregulation, low testosterone, menopause, and more. If…

How Peter thinks about managing GFR & high blood pressure in his patients

This video clip is taken from  Podcast #194 – How Fructose Drives Metabolic Disease with Rick Johnson, M.D. Rick Johnson…

Rick Johnson, M.D. on the impact of high blood pressure on chronic disease

This video clip is taken from  Podcast #194 – How Fructose Drives Metabolic Disease with Rick Johnson, M.D. Rick Johnson…

Rick Johnson, M.D. on the relationship between salt & blood pressure

This video clip is taken from  Podcast #194 – How Fructose Drives Metabolic Disease with Rick Johnson, M.D. Rick Johnson…

A broader perspective on lung cancer

Not just a “smoker’s disease”

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