Thursday, January 28, 2021

Leslie Kenny: Oxford healthspan


After a diagnosis of lupus, in her 30s, Leslie Kenny was told she had a life expectancy of five years. The prognosis focussed the Berkeley and Harvard grad's mind like never before. Long before biohacking was a thing, Leslie set about changing her lifestyle, embracing safe, natural solutions, in a fight for her life. Now 56, she is aging well, healthy and a fully signed up biohacker. She is the founder of Oxford Healthspan, a UK-based company, working with leading scientists to identify safe compounds as nutritional supplements. In this LLAMA podcast conversation with Peter Bowes, Leslie discusses her own unique journey, as well as the science and life-enhancing potential of spermidine, a compound that has been shown to be vital to myriad bodily functions. 


Connect with Leslie Kenny:  Bio | Oxford Healthspan | Twitter | LinkedIn

Recorded: January 19, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

This episode is brought to you by AgeUp, a new financial product that provides guaranteed supplemental income for people who worry about the financial impact of longevity. To find out more, visit Age-Up.com

Topics covered in this interview include:
  • Leslie's journey from Swiss banking to biohacking 
  • Facing up to Lupus and a five-year life expectancy 
  • One's own mortality and the limits of longevity
  • Pillars of preventative healthcare: sleep, movement , diet, friendship, family
  • Why your health is your wealth
  • Discovering the polyamine compound spermidine and establishing Oxford Healthspan 
  • Where does the name spermidine come from and what is it? 
  • The evidence for the benefits of spermidine - epidemiological  studies and clinical trials 
  • Is spermidine supplementation safe? 
  • How do consumers make decisions about which supplements to take?  
  • Living life with the promise of healthspan rather than lifespan 
  • Disease prevention versus disease care 
  • The lifestyle of a biohacker - sleep hygiene, good food, lowered stress
The Live Long and Master Aging podcast shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Cathy Richards: Exercise physiologist


It is often said that it is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle - never too late to incorporate more exercise into our daily routine or focus on a healthier diet, to reap the rewards as we age. In reality, a message that it is never too early to focus on our wellbeing and longevity, is equally important.  Perhaps more so.  Cathy Richards is an exercise physiologist and founder of Inspiring Vitality, an online coaching program focussing on the needs of people over 40.  In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Cathy discusses her mission to encourage more people to take steps - even tiny steps - in their daily lives, to incorporate strength building activity into their routines.  She also highlights the significance of deteriorating hearing for overall health and the likelihood that impaired hearing can lead to social isolation and loneliness in later life.  

Recorded: January 11, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

This episode is brought to you by AgeUp, a new financial product that provides guaranteed supplemental income for people who worry about the financial impact of longevity. To find out more, visit Age-Up.com

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Adapting to a new way remote way of working out during and likely after Covid
  • Learning about the behavioral trail of very old populations and joining the longevity dots
  • The onset of frailty and the snowball effect of muscle decline
  • Implementing resistance training into exercise regimes to maintain muscle strength
  • Doing the bare minimum exercise to still realize significant result. 
  • Small, step and changes that add up and make a difference over time
  • Persuading younger generations that it is never too early to think about being fit at 85. 
  • Hearing loss and the impact on our quality life as we age  
  • The stigma associated with hearing loss and dangers 
  • The correlations been hearing loss and dementia. 
  • Social isolation, poor hearing and loneliness. 
  • Personal habits to live a healthy day
  • Sleep as a wellness trend
The Live Long and Master Aging podcast shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Chip Conley: Modern Elder Academy


As we push the boundaries of human longevity and our expectations for lifespan, mid-life is going to be different.  Our healthy, vibrant decades are being extended. The goal of enjoying more fulfilling years, free of diseases and physical decline is becoming a reality. The trajectory of our lives is changing.  Chip Conley is a veteran executive in the hospitality industry, formerly Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy with Airbnb and a prolific writer.  He's also the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, a self-styled school for midlife wisdom and the author of Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. In this conversation with Peter Bowes, Chip shares his vision of older people as wise, curious and indispensable members of society. He recalls the impact of a near-death experience, the way his life went through a transformation in his 50s and the art of lifelong learning.   

 

Recorded: December 29, 2020 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

Photo credit: Lisa Keating

This episode is brought to you by AgeUp, a new financial product that provides guaranteed supplemental income for people who worry about the financial impact of longevity. To find out more, visit Age-Up.com

The Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast is a HealthSpan Media LLC production. LLAMA shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.