Lifespan with Dr. David Sinclair

The Science of Keeping the Brain Healthy | Episode 7

Feb. 16, 2022

In this episode of the Lifespan podcast, Dr. David Sinclair and co-host Matthew LaPlante dissect the topic of brain aging. They explore evidence suggesting that the brain ages more slowly than other parts of the body and highlight how cognitive function is impacted by aging. Different interventions aimed at preserving brain health are also discussed, including a plant-based diet, exercise, metformin, NAD boosters, and sufficient sleep.

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(00:00:00) Introducing Episode Seven: Aging of the Brain

(00:04:39) Thanking the Sponsors

(00:07:38) Ex-differentiation as a Driver of Aging

(00:09:22) The Brain Ages Slowly

(00:14:17) Cognitive Function and Plasticity

(00:17:44) Three Longevity Pathways: mTOR, AMPK, and Sirtuins

(00:23:26) Plant-based Diets and B-vitamins

(00:28:32) Homocysteine, Plaque, and Vasculature

(00:32:35) Fatty Acids

(00:35:48) Physical Activity

(00:39:14) Metformin

(00:46:02) NAD Boosters

(00:50:33) Increasing Blood Flor

(00:53:20) Sleep

(00:58:02) Overall Message: Keep your Brain Healthy

(00:58:50) Next Week’s Episode and the Future of Medicine

(01:01:21) Options for Subscription for Support

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