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On average, humans are living longer than ever before, thanks in large part to modern medicine and biomedical innovations.
But those years, almost decades, of extra life are not necessarily spent in good health.
In short, while the human lifespan—how long we live—has increased, the average human healthspan, which is how long we actually live in good health, has not.
As we age, our risk of developing many different diseases goes up significantly. The data shows this to be practically inevitable. Whether it be some form of Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, oral disease, kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, the list goes on. The risk goes up.
Those extra years, those extra decades of life? There’s a good chance you’ll spend that time battling one disease or another.
But what if we could spend more of those extra years, decades in good health instead of relentless decline?
Our guest in this episode is Dr. Matt Kaeberlein, professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Washington, where he's also the founding director of the Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute, and the founder and co-director of the well-known Dog Aging Project, one of main topics of discussion today.
Dr. Kaeberlein is one of the most respected leading scientists in the world today making the case that extending human healthspan is possible, given what the data from the latest research tell us.
We talk about the Dog Aging Project and Dr. Kaeberlein's quest to understand the biology of aging so that something can be done about it.
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