Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Valter Longo: How long can we stay young?

Professor Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California (USC), returns to the LLAMA podcast to discuss his pioneering work and fascination with "youth-span." Over the past 30 years Prof. Longo has published ground-breaking research focussing on the role nutrients play in aging and age-related diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. During this time the age-old practice of fasting has emerged as one of the most powerful interventions to promote good health. A biogerontologist and cell biologist, the Italian scientist is the creator of the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) and the Longevity Diet.  

I first met Prof. Longo at his laboratory in Los Angeles in 2012 and later took part in a clinical trial, as a volunteer, when USC researchers explored, for the first time, the feasibility and safety of the FMD. I also accompanied Dr. Longo on a trip to Ecuador to learn more about a tiny community of people with the genetic disease, Laron syndrome. It results in stunted growth but also appears to protect those with the condition from the killer diseases of old age.

For this new interview, I returned to the USC School of Gerontology, in Los Angeles, to discuss with Prof. Longo, the milestones of the past decade and the future direction of longevity research.

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