It’s a sad indictment of our society that as many people enter their later years, they end up in care homes. That doesn’t mean I have anything against care homes. Because for some people, that’s the right option.
However, growing old doesn’t mean you need to retire to a care home and lose your health and your mind.
Far from it, in fact. Yet because so many people end up like this, we think it’s the norm.
There are several anti-aging strategies that you can follow to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. And in this article, I’ll share some of the strategies I learned from PD Mangan’s Anti-Aging Blueprint.
Man vs Machine
A machine can’t repair itself.
At the beginning of his course, PD Mangan poses the following question:
What’s the difference between a machine and a person?
It’s a great analogy and one that makes you think about the traditional view we have
However, what people fail to recognize is this:
Human beings get worn out too. But we can repair ourselves through mechanisms such as
Although the key point Mangan emphasizes is that you must allow yourself to do so. And
Whereas the opposite (and you’d do well to do EXACTLY the opposite of mainstream health advice);
Indeed, the aging process can be likened to a computer that needs servicing. The components are faulty, and may need repairing or replacing. If nothing is done, eventually the system ceases to function entirely. In your case – that means death.
Mangan refers to this as the “Garbage Catastrophe of Aging.” That is, the detrimental effects has on the body if left unchecked.
Keep this idea at the forefront of your mind whenever you think about not taking care of your body. Because the less you do about it, the worse it gets.
What do most diseases have in common? Inflammation. And it’s also a characteristic of aging.
Mangan says that chronic Inflammation is: “like driving down the road with your feet on the accelerator and the brakes simultaneously.”
To reduce your chances of age-related disease, it’s important to reduce inflammation. And in a moment, we’ll see some of things you can do to reduce inflammation.
According to Mangan, in addition to inflammation, to fight aging, we must also stop oxidative stress. That means damage induced by free radicals.
There is no doubt about it that oxidative stress leads to the many of the diseases we find in aging.
In my book, Optimized Under 35, I wrote about the effect of oxidative stress on the testes. It appears that oxidative stress can be induced by poor lifestyles – not merely the result of “aging.”
And I believe this is why we have an untold epidemic of young men with low testosterone. Because their poor lifestyles (among other things) result in oxidative stress and damage to their sexual organ function.
Our bodies have their own protection to oxidative stress in the form of antioxidant. And among these antioxidants, one of the most noteworthy being
The Big 5 of Long Life
In the Anti-Aging Blueprint course, there is a segment called, “The Big 5 of Long Life.” These are 5 basic anti-aging principles you should follow to ensure a long and healthy life.
And by following these basic rules; both men and women can several years to their life span.
You might be thinking: “These 5 anti-aging measures are obvious!” But ask yourself this – how many people actually apply them?
And that’s exactly why so few people remain in good health as they age.
Instead, the vast majority of people (in the west at least) age horribly. Walk around any shopping center and you’ll see elderly people struggling to walk. Many are keeled over their zimmer frames and don’t even know their own name.
Now, is it simply because of their age? Or perhaps it has something to do with how they took care of themselves?
Want proof? Check out PD Mangan’s physique below. He’s in his 60s, an age when most people are retiring, ready to go quietly into the night. Yet he has a better physique than most men in their 20s.
How many people do you know in their 60s that are in that kind of shape? Likely none.
It comes as no surprise then that most people are in terrible condition when they enter their twilight years.
Make no mistake, following these principles will put you into the top 1% of people. This way, you’ll avoid the disastrous fate many find themselves in during old age.
As I’ve always said; maintaining good health is not difficult. It simply requires consistent, applied discipline.
We all grow old – that’s a fact of life. But it’s up to you whether you do it gracefully or in sickness.
And as Mangan says:
Average people have average
They also have average health. And today, “average health” means sickness and dependence on multiple medications.
That’s no way to age gracefully.
So if you want to age well and avoid the disease of average; follow the Big 5 of Long Life.
Does Alcohol Age You?
Another interesting part of the course concerns alcohol and aging. This is a big topic for most people, particularly because our culture glorifies alcohol.
Drinking alcohol in our society is so widespread, that it has become a religion unto itself. Alcohol is so ingrained into our culture that expressing a desire to abstain is almost akin to heresy. I call this: “The Cult of Alcohol.”
I’ve written in the past about my own experience of quitting alcohol. Suffice to say, I gave up drinking alcohol altogether and this had a positive on both my health and quality of life.
However, many are simply not ready to give up alcohol. Now, we know that excessive alcohol consumption is bad news for your health.
But the question here is – does alcohol age you?
According to Mangan, low to moderate alcohol intake is associated with longer life. He cites numerous studies that show that those who drink 1-2 drinks a day have a lower death rate than those who don’t drink at all.
And if you didn’t know already, excessive drinking is bad news for your health and is associated with:
Mangan says that moderate alcohol drinkers is have up to an 18% lower death rate. That’s pretty big. Although he is quick to point out here that association doesn’t necessarily mean causation.
He goes on to say that maybe health causes drinking, not the other way round. In other words, healthy and intelligent people choose to drink alcohol in moderation.
What’s more, there is a broad definition as to what constitutes “non-drinkers.” Indeed, non-drinkers may be less health conscious and simply don’t drink. A non-drinker may also be a former alcoholic that damaged their health through excessive drinking.
However, in the studies once former alcoholics were removed the category of non-drinkers, there was still a positive association with alcohol intake and good health.
It appears that moderate alcohol consumption can improve a number of health markers. These include; lower cholesterol, increased insulin sensitivity
This all comes back to
Another example is broccoli. It contains a substance called sulforaphane, which in large enough amounts can lead to cancer. In small amounts, however, it can be very beneficial to your health.
Alcohol and Aging: My Grandfather’s Story
My grandfather Bill was born in the 1930s before the outbreak of WW2. Like many of his generation, the events of those times became etched deep into his psyche. I fondly remember him telling stories of those times, such as the Battle of Britain.
He was definitely a child of his time. And at that time in post-war Britain, regular alcohol consumption was the norm.
My grandfather had a lifelong career in large British firm (imagine that today!). Eventually, he worked his way up to management, and was fortunate enough to retire in his 50s.
This was great in many ways, because it meant that he could travel and enjoy life to the fullest. But that also meant he had a lot of time on his hands.
And what did people from his generation do to pass the time? Drink alcohol.
Now, my grandfather was by no means an alcoholic, but he drank daily. As I recall, he drank 2-3 drinks – maybe more. And doing this over the course of several decades did serious damage to his body.
By the time he reached his 70s, Bill already had type 2 diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver. I’m convinced that his daily alcohol habit made him age significantly and played a big part in his poor health
Indeed, alcohol does age you, but as PD Mangan points out in the course; the type of alcohol you drink matters. My grandfather drank beer and whiskey. Whereas from the scientific literature, it appears the protective effects of alcohol derive mainly from red wine.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t just alcohol that contributed to the demise of his health. In his younger years, my grandfather was a fit and active man and often went cycling.
While he didn’t smoke, as he grew older he exercised little and paid scant attention to his diet. In short, he failed to follow the Big 5 of Long Life.
As a result, in 80s and in his final year of life Bill admitted himself to a care home. Mentally, he was still sharp, but at this point he had sarcopenia (muscle waste) and was very frail.
He was also on a laundry list of medication that he needed to manage his diabetes and other conditions. And I’m positive he had low testosterone, which contributed to his low muscle mass and sombre moods.
It was sad to see a proud, kind and intelligent man reduced to such a poor state of health. And he passed away in 2015. Yet his health had nothing to do with his age and everything to do with his lifestyle.
I am convinced that had he followed the Anti-Aging Blueprint, he would still be here today.
Aging: A Modern Phenomenon?
There is no doubt that today, if you want to avoid the Garbage Catastrophe of Aging, you MUST follow some sort of anti-aging strategy.
There are no two ways about it.
Our environment is full of toxic chemicals and endocrine disruptors (EDCs) that conspire to lower your testosterone, lower sperm count and keep you in a poor state of health.
Poor nutrition choices – such as the western diet – and lack of exercise have led to an obesity epidemic. Yet this is in spite of all the information and technological advances we have made.
So what went wrong? We forgot how to take care of ourselves.
If you’re not convinced that aging in its current form is an entirely modern phenomenon, check out the pictures below.
These images are of veterans from the Napoleonic wars in the 1800s. When the photos were taken, these men were in their 70s and 80s. Yet they still manage to fit into their original uniforms. And they look as fierce as when they marched with Napoleon.
Does it look like “age” was a problem for these men?
There are two things that I enjoyed above all in both about this course.
Mangan backs up his assertions with scientific evidence. However, he like many “evidence-based” people today, he doesn’t simply take the studies at face value. He interprets them in an intelligent manner, tells you how they may be flawed and crucially; how they apply to you.
In addition, he breaks down complex scientific subjects and makes them easy to understand. And even as someone who had good understanding of anti-aging prior to the course, I got plenty of new insights.
The best thing about the Anti-Aging Blueprint is that it makes anti-aging interventions available to you from the comfort of your own home.
And that’s the incredible thing about the time we live in. Knowledge that was once only accessible to the rich and famous is now available for all.
No longer do you have to go to an expensive anti-aging clinic in Beverley Hills or Harley Street, and pay thousands of dollars for the privilege.
The quality of information contained in the Anti-Aging Blueprint is well worth the admission price alone. And what’s more, the bonuses in the course are fantastic. They include three of his best selling books, as well as a fascinating interview with physician Leo Zacharski.
This makes it an offer, you simply can’t refuse.
Remember, if you want to remain in average health, do what average people do. I believe in paying it forward when it comes to your health. Either way, you’re going to pay.
You can either do it now by paying for a gym membership, expert coaching, eating organic food or education.
Or you can pay for it later with care home fees and medication.
Invest in your health today by signing up for the Anti-Aging Blueprint here.