While waiting for the hot next startup to enable us to defeat disease and live forever, we can make choices today that increase lifespan.
What happens when the rationalist community, obsessed with drawing evidence-backed conclusions, looks into healthy living? They say "Exercise and don't smoke," unsurprisingly, but also recognize the value of a daily walk just long enough to enjoy an electronic cigarette.
Flossing This turns out to have weak support (see comments) so I will continue to floss as often as I wear a bike helmet.
Blood donation "donating blood once a year is almost certainly worth it if you're a man" (also contended in comments).
Here's the summary.
- 1. If you know people who smoke, getting them to vape is the single largest impact you can have on their lifespan.
2. Pay attention when in your car.
3. CONSTANT VIGILANCE when dealing with the medical profession and drugs.
4. Exercise: very high return on first few units of effort, some cardio and some resistance training is best.
5. Blood donation every 12-24 months for men.
6. Buy a blood pressure monitor and do blood pressure reduction interventions if needed.
7. Eat fish, nuts, eggs, fruit, dark chocolate. Supplement Vitamin D3.
8. Work towards a healthy weight.
9. If you are losing sleep/are stressed, try one small intervention at a time, and don’t get discouraged. These interventions are the hardest but potentially the most rewarding. Supplements for stress, anxiety, and sleep are somewhat subjective and vary more in reported efficacy than others; self-experimentation is recommended.
10. Floss (and see a dentist).