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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

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.

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