Why do some people remain fit and healthy in their later years while others become increasingly frail?
Researchers from Kings College London have been following thousands of twins for 30 years in an effort to understand how each of us ages differently. And some of their findings will surprise you!
In today’s episode, Jonathan speaks to Claire Steves to better understand what all this means, shedding light on how aging works and what we can do about it:
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00:00 - Introduction
00:10 - Topic introduction
01:39 - Quickfire questions
03:16 - Claire’s work during the pandemic
05:17 - What happens in our bodies when we age?
08:26 - Genes and aging
09:33 - What factors affect aging?
11:39 - Effects of physical activity
12:23 - Microbiome effects on aging
13:33 - Claire’s research
19:11 - What evidence is there that we can slow the effects of aging?
21:44 - What are some modifiable factors that can help reduce aging effects?
23:06 - Alzheimer's and dementia
28:21 - Stimulating your brain
29:45 - The importance of social interaction for the brain
31:02 - Diet. health and aging
35:27 - Menopause
37:30 - Actionable advice about maximizing health while aging
39:14 - The biggest myth about aging
42:20 - Summary
43:41 - Goodbyes
43:50 - Outro
Episode transcripts are available here
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