“How do you balance the desire to live longer with the desire to perform well?” (Tweet It)
– Peter Attia, MD
This episode delves into all types of performance enhancement and tracking — optimizing blood testing, drinking “jet fuel,” training for ultra-endurance sports, consuming synthetic ketones, using metabolic chambers, extending longevity by avoiding certain types of exercise, and much more.
Peter Attia is the co-founder and current president of the Nutritional Science Initiatives (NuSI).
He is an ultra-endurance athlete, compulsive self-experimenter, and one of the most fascinating human beings I know. Peter also earned his M.D. from Stanford University and holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He resided at John Hopkins Hospital as a general surgeon, then conducted research at the National Cancer Institute under Dr. Steve Rosenberg, where Peter focused on the role of regulatory T cells in cancer regression and other immune-based therapies for cancer.
UPDATE: People loved this episode so much that we did a follow-up episode, where Peter discussed his supplement use (and what he avoids), the top-5 blood tests you should consider, and much more. Here it is (stream below or right-click here to download):
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Learn more about NuSI – The Manhattan Project of Nutrition
- Learn more about the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
- Connect with Peter Attia on Twitter
- Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
- 10% Happier by Dan Harris
- Eating Academy – Peter Attia’s Blog
- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
- Peter Attia’s obsessions on performance [11:35]
- Is hemoglobin A1C a running 3-month average of your aggregate glucose level? [16:50]
- Managing metabolic syndrome [17:15]
- What are synthetic ketones and why might people care? [19:45]
- Peter Attia’s first experience consuming synthetic ketones [24:55]
- Potential benefits or advantages of consuming synthetic ketones [28:55]
- Exploring the difference between ketoacidosis and ketosis [31:10]
- A mnemonic for the difference between exogenous and endogenous [34:40]
- Interesting results derived from tests with metabolic chambers [35:15]
- Thinking about the health complications related to blood bio-markers [41:45]
- The bio-effects of swimming from Catalina Island to Los Angeles (10 hours later) [51:05]
- Questioning fecal matter transplants [53:45]
- Challenges regarding daily cycles of testosterone and how this effects testing [46:35]
- The sloppy thinking around life extension [58:45]
- Perspectives of death avoidance, IGF-1 and growth hormone use [01:03:00]
- Heart-rate optimization for longevity [1:14:15]
- Exercise recommendations for extending life [1:21:15]
- Addressing challenges with cancer, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease and neurodegenerative disease [1:44:45]
- Rapid Fire Questions: Meditation, the most enjoyable $100 spent in recent memory, the successful and the punchable [1:31:30]
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