The Longevity Code (Hardcover)

Secrets to Living Well for Longer from the Front Lines of Science

By Kris Verburgh

The Experiment, 9781615194131, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 23, 2018

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A leading proponent of a bold new approach to slowing aging details the fast-developing science of longevity—and the steps we can take—at any age—to live well for longer

We all know that we age—but do you know exactly how, and why? And do you wonder what you can do—whatever your age—to slow the process so you can live well, for longer?

This book comprehensively answers these questions. Medical doctor and polymath scientist Kris Verburgh illuminates the biological mechanisms that make our bodies susceptible to heart attacks, strokes, dementia, diabetes, and other aging-related diseases. We learn about the crucial role of poorly functioning mitochondria, shortened telomeres, proteins and carbohydrates, and more.

Having explained the aging process at work, Dr. Verburgh then provides the tools we need to slow it down: his scientifically backed Longevity Staircase. This simple yet innovative step-by-step method offers better health and a longer life span through nutrition—currently our best defense in the fight against aging and disease.

And with each passing day, advances in biotechnology—once the stuff of science fiction—are emerging as part of the “longevity code.” Dr. Verburgh discusses how new types of vaccines, mitochondrial DNA, CRISPR proteins, and stem cells may help us slow and even reverse aging—now and in the future.

About the Author

Kris Verburgh, MD, is a researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies (CLEA) at the Free University Brussels, where researchers are committed to interdisciplinary scientific questions, and one of 64 faculty of Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programs and a business incubator. Dr. Verburgh researches diets, foods, nutrients, medications, and other interventions that can extend healthy life span and reduce the risk of aging-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, vascular dementia), sarcopenia (muscle loss), macular degeneration, osteoporosis, and others. Verburgh has established nutrigerontology, a new scientific discipline focused on the impact of nutrition on the aging process and related diseases. His numerous previous books include the international bestseller The Food Hourglass.

Praise For The Longevity Code: Secrets to Living Well for Longer from the Front Lines of Science

“A worthwhile addition to any collection.”—Choice

“Verburgh examines how we age and takes a valuable look at ethical issues surrounding the prevention of aging.”—Library Journal

“Why do we grow old? In The Longevity Code, Kris Verburgh tackles this age-old question and arrives at some startling conclusions—with practical suggestions for how to slow down our biological clock.”
David Ludwig, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, author of the #1 New York Times—best seller Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently

“A brilliant and important book. Dr. Kris Verburgh, like no other, is able to represent the complex relationships between nutrition and aging. . . . Recommended for anyone who wants to know what to eat in order to age as healthily as possible.”
—Hanno Pijl, MD, PhD, endocrinologist and professor of diabetology at Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands

“Informative, fascinating, and inspiring. . . . Based on current knowledge, The Longevity Code clearly describes how we ourselves can delay the unwelcome symptoms of aging and presents an extraordinary preview of what the future will bring.”
—William Cortvriendt, MD, author of Living a Century or More and Total Health Reset

The Longevity Code summarizes current scientific knowledge of the topic, dispels common and persistent fallacies, and offers perspectives on the future. It does all this in easy-to-read and understandable language.”
—Emmy Van Kerkhove, professor emeritus of physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Center for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Belgium