TN50#113, The 4 Horsemen Are Coming for You, pt 3, 23 April 2023
Happy Monday and welcome to The Next 50 #113. I like to think of personal performance in 3 parts: physical, mental and emotional; my frameworks focus on 4 Levers: Eat, Sleep, Move, Think. This blog is my sandbox for sharing little tidbits of information that you might find useful regarding your personal performance. Let’s continue with our coverage of the 4 Horsemen, as described by Peter Attia in his new book, Outlive.
Of the 4 Horsemen, Heart Disease, Cancer, Dementia and Metabolic Disease, which one scares you the most?
For me, it’s the one’s that take our minds.
Today we’ll focus on the 3rd, and for me scariest Horsemen, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Dementia. As I relistened to and read Chapter 9, Chasing Memory, two things jumped out at me.
- Attia believes we actually know more about preventing Alzheimer’s than we do about preventing cancer.
- Attia’s patients fear the Dementia related disease more than any other aspect of aging to include death, just like me.
If AD and other dementia related disease are something you have in your family history and/or you are completely new to even thinking about this disease (perhaps under 40) reading or listening to this chapter, Chasing Memory, will bring you up to speed in a little over an hour and provide the education and basic plan for keeping the disease at bay forever or at least as long as possible – remember in a Medicine 3.0 world the focus is on PREVENTION.
If you haven’t purchased this book yet, you should stop reading right now and go to Amazon and buy the book, I am not giving you any thing close to the full story on these diseases. Go ahead we’ll wait. Ok, welcome back for those that just bought the book. Let’s continue.
Here’s the strategy (page 205)
- What’s good for the heart is good for the brain.
- What’s good for the liver (and pancreas) is good for the brain.
- Time is key.
- Our most powerful tool for preventing cognitive decline is exercise.
Here are the lead indicators to focus on at the tactical level (pages 20O–204)
- Address any metabolic issues you may have (Eat)
- Exercise, all kinds (Move)
- Get good sleep (Sleep)
- Minimize stress (Think)
- Maintain very good oral hygiene
- Regular use of Dry Sauna
- Use proper supplements
So incase you missed it, there are a bunch of behaviors that you can modify to improve your chances of mitigating the risk of AD, etc. Exercise more, eat better, sleep better, minimize stress, floss your teeth, dry sauna; come on people, these are better basics of living a great life. What are you waiting for? Let’s go.
As always share the post with your team or anyone who might find it useful and let me know what you think!
Have a good one, Alex