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The healthspan revolution: How to live a long, strong and happy life

By John Harris

28 Mar 2023 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian speaks to an expert on preventative medicine and longevity. In this article, we discover how sleep, weight training, and other incremental changes can make us much more resilient.

Twenty years ago, Peter Attia was working as a trainee surgeon at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, where he saved countless people facing what he calls “fast death”. “I trained in a very, very violent city,” he tells me. “We were probably averaging 15 or 16 people a day getting shot or stabbed. And, you know, that’s when surgeons can save your life. We’re really good at that.”

What got to him, he says, were the people he treated who were in the midst of dying much more slowly. “All the people with cardiovascular disease, all the people with cancer: we were far less effective at saving those people. We could delay death a little bit, but we weren’t bending the arc of their lives.”

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