Want to grow old like a Sardinian? That is, lead a long, healthy life and pass away quickly and peacefully? The key to this doesn’t require moving to Sardinia. We all have access to live a healthy life like them here in North America, too.
According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Howard Luks, diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and dementia, are part of a broader physical decline that comes about after living in poor mitochrondrial health. He lays out in his new book Longevity…. Simplified, the science behind achieving the healthy lifestyle that’ll give you the power to age well.
And guess what? The keys aren’t complicated. Ultimately, we need to eat a healthier diet, live an active lifestyle, and get enough sleep. One of the key takeaways, as reported by gq.com, is that your exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous. It just needs to be constant. So you don’t have to be running a marathon or do an Ironman; you just have to be active regularly. That might mean, taking one flight of stairs on public transit rather than the escalator, or walking to your local coffee shop instead of driving.
For gq.com’s chat with Dr. Luks, in which they discuss how mitochondria work, talk about insulin resistance and what kind of strength training you need to be doing, read the interview here.