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How can your longevity reach 150 years?

Delve into the groundbreaking Harvard study that spanned nearly eight decades, revealing that joy in relationships might be the ultimate key to a happy, healthy life. Then, ponder the captivating question posed by recent research: Is a 150-year lifespan within humanity's reach? Furthermore, tune into the enlightening discussions from the "Longevity by Design" podcast, spotlighting the latest trends, from personalized nutrition to the growing prominence of health tech.
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Good Morning,

Welcome to this week’s digest of longevity science and research, illuminating the profound discoveries shaping our understanding of life’s longevity.

Delve into the groundbreaking Harvard study that spanned nearly eight decades, revealing that joy in relationships might be the ultimate key to a happy, healthy life. Then, ponder the captivating question posed by recent research: Is a 150-year lifespan within humanity’s reach? Furthermore, tune into the enlightening discussions from the “Longevity by Design” podcast, spotlighting the latest trends, from personalized nutrition to the growing prominence of health tech.

Across all these revelations, one theme emerges clear: It’s not merely about adding years to life, but enriching those years with joy, health, and purpose.

Let’s dive in…


Good genes are nice, but joy is better (The Harvard Gazette)

In a near-eight-decade-long Harvard study starting in 1938, scientists embarked on understanding the essence of a healthy, happy life. While good genes and lifestyle are vital, the real revelation lay elsewhere: joy in relationships. Robert Waldinger, the current director, points out that strong relationships, more than wealth or recognition, are the bedrock of happiness. 

The research shows that people in satisfying relationships at 50 were healthier at 80. Surprisingly, relationship contentment at middle age was a better health indicator than cholesterol levels. The adage “loneliness kills” stands validated, with loneliness being as detrimental as excessive smoking or drinking. While aging is inevitable, nurturing relationships is a choice – one that bears lifelong fruits of well-being.

Humans Could Live up to 150 Years, New Research Suggests (Scientific American)

New research poses the tantalizing question: Could humans live up to 150 years if everything else goes perfectly? In a study published in Nature Communications in May 2021, scientists examined the “pace of aging” by analyzing blood cell counts and daily step counts in large cohorts from the U.S., the U.K., and Russia.

Their findings suggest that even if we avoid diseases and accidents, our body’s inherent ability to recover from disruptions diminishes over time. This gradual decline indicates a human life span limit between 120 and 150 years. The team’s investigation underscores that even if we do manage to stretch life expectancy, the ultimate goal should be to live healthier, not just longer. After all, the true value lies in the quality of years lived, not just the count.

8 Trends in Longevity Research (InsideTracker)

In the recent season of the podcast “Longevity by Design,” leading scientists delved deep into the nuances of extending both lifespan and healthspan. Key takeaways? The crucial distinction between these two terms: while lifespan denotes the total duration of life, healthspan zeroes in on the years spent in good health. 

The longevity arena also buzzes with talks on personalized nutrition, with scientists noting the variability in individual glucose reactions to various foods. Genetics plays a role, but lifestyle appears to have a larger influence on longevity. Intermittent fasting gains traction, but its benefits over calorie counting remain contested. As we step into the age of health tech, wearable glucose monitors and fitness trackers are under the spotlight. Remember: the pursuit of longevity isn’t just about adding years to life, but adding life to those years.


In this week’s digest, we uncover the profound links between longevity and the intangibles of life.

Harvard’s eight-decade-long journey enlightens us that beyond the genetic codes, joy in relationships emerges as the true key to a fulfilling life. Meanwhile, as new research speculates about the human age ceiling, it underpins the age-old wisdom: it’s the quality, not just the quantity, of years that matters. Diving into the latest longevity trends, from personalized nutrition to wearable tech, we’re reminded that our quest isn’t just about extending our time but enriching it.

To long, meaningful lives,

The Longr Reads Team


“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Philosopher


Longr Reads’ of the Week

  • Andrew Huberman Lab Podcast w/ Dr Peter Attia (Youtube)
  • Some claim human lifespans can be lengthened indefinitely (The Economist)
  • Longevity Clinics: What They Are, Services & More (Spannr)
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