There is clear scientific evidence that supports the idea that lifestyle interventions such as caloric restriction, fasting and ketogenic support the health of positive genetic pathways, improve the production of endogenous stem cells, activate the brain and increase the production of antioxidants and even reduce inflammation.
But there is no doubt that the implementation of these ideas, in terms of creating a viable diet, can be a challenge.
Our guest today at The Empowering Neurologist is Valter Longo, PhD. Dr. Longo has created a new dietary approach that in many ways mimics the effectiveness of the more difficult approaches described above, but at the same time is much easier to implement. He calls this diet the Diet that imitates fasting, or FMD, and is described in great detail in his new and successful book, The Longevity Diet.
Let me tell you a little about Dr. Longo. He is the Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences of Edna M. Jones and Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California – Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles. He is also a Senior Group Leader at IFOM, the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology Foundation and has four chairs at the main academic centers in the EU.
Dr. Longo's studies focus on the fundamental mechanisms of aging in simple organisms, mice and humans. The Longo laboratory has identified several genetic pathways that regulate aging in simple organisms and reduce the incidence of multiple diseases in mice and humans. His laboratory also described dietary and genetic interventions that could reverse the course of Diabetes and Alzheimer's and protect cells and improve the treatment of cancer and other diseases in mammals. Dr. Longo's most recent studies are about dietary interventions that can affect stem cell-based regeneration to promote longevity in mice and humans. The Longevity Institute in Los Angeles, led by Dr. Longo, includes more than 40 faculty members focused on topics ranging from regeneration to dietary interventions aimed at improving health and life expectancy in the near future. Among the accolades received by Dr. Longo are the Nathan Shock Lecture Award 2010 from the National Institute on Aging (NIA / NIH) and the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo "Rising Star" from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).
Dr. Longo is recognized as a world leader in aging and nutrition. With more than 106 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Science, Nature, Cell, JAMA, Circulation, Cancer Cell, Journal of Translational Medicine, etc. He is recognized by Time Magazine, with three roles in less than two years, as Longevity Guru. He is one of the most recently featured scientists by global media and news.
Dr. Longo was born and raised in Genoa, Italy, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, where he specialized in biochemistry with a specialization in jazz. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1997 and his postdoctoral training in Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer's Diseases at USC. He began his independent career in 2000 at the Faculty of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, one of the first and leading research and education programs on aging.
Today we will explore Dr. Longo's research that included his creation of the imitative diet of fasting. I think this will be a fascinating interview. He would also mention that all the profits from his book, The Longevity Diet, are donated to charities, as well as to his ongoing research. You can find Dr. Longo and follow his research on Facebook.
Video credits to DavidPerlmutterMD YouTube channel