Living to 125 with the Latest in Longevity Care
Updated: Sep 3, 2019
I consider myself a bit of a dork—so it should come as no surprise that a few Saturdays ago I made myself comfortable on the couch, logged into my laptop, and watched a couple of legends talk about all the businesses they own and run. I couldn’t get over their mental sharpness. At 95 and 88 years of age, respectively, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffet oversee the massive empire known as Berkshire Hathaway.
What became evident to me—what’s been clear for quite some time—is that these spry men derive an immense amount of joy from running Berkshire, investing and compounding money. They have purpose and meaning. They also probably have very good genes, guessing from their regular consumption of Cherry Coke, hot dogs, and chips.
We know that things like joy, purpose, meaning, social connection, diet, and exercise contribute to our health and well-being. We also know our genes play a big role. We’ve just not had much—if any—control over our genetic makeup…
Until now. Devices talk to us, cars park themselves. In this age of technological progress, is it all that surprising that advancing genome science might enable us to significantly lengthen our lives?
As advisors, we have to consider these developments and their impacts on longevity. Can we help our clients position themselves to take advantage of breakthroughs in healthcare—to extend their lifespans, and also those of their children and their children’s children?
It’s looking that way.
New medical technology can pinpoint risk factors in your body before they’ve impacted your health.
Concierge physicians can potentially increase your longevity by decades using the combined information gathered from biomarkers and genomes.
A “lifetime plan” will enable you to identify, track, and manage key biomarkers and achieve your long-term health goals.
We’re witnessing a medical revolution. As the science unfolds, we can expect to live longer, fuller lives with better physical mobility and mental sharpness. We can stop fatal diseases before they take root in us.
Here’s a brief explanation of the advances and what they could mean for you and your family.
Biomarkers and Genomes: The Keys to Longevity
Physicians have been working with biomarkers for a long time. Biomarkers are measurable indicators of physiological states that can both reveal the presence and severity of disease in your body. They can be simple cholesterol values or blood pressure readings, they can be mutant proteins associated with cancer. Whenever you get a blood test done, your doctor is looking at biomarkers.
Biomarkers aren’t new to the scene. But because of personal genome sequencing (the mapping of someone’s genetic makeup), they can now be harnessed to evaluate future health risks—and stop diseases before they’ve started. What’s more, new biomarkers are discovered all the time. Doctors have additional data at their disposal and, thereby, greater opportunity to increase longevity in their patients with individualized care.
Your personal genome is, well, personal. It’s not like anyone else’s on the planet. By mapping and evaluating your unique gene profile, and by using biomarkers to follow the states of your body, doctors can identify a disease—or the likelihood that you’ll develop a disease. And once they’ve done that, they can put a protocol in place to stop it in its tracks.
Real Life Example
A business owner was celebrating his 61st birthday—and he was thrilled. Having lost both his father and grandfather to heart attacks before they’d turned 60, the man knew he was genetically susceptible to the same fate. But he’d escaped it and had all the candles to show for his good fortune.
How? By being proactive in the management of his healthcare. He partnered with experts, learned about his unique health risks, and devised a smart strategy to deal with potential complications.
Where the risk was unforeseeable (e.g., car accident, fall), he arranged access to immediate medical care. In this way, he ensured that a competent physician would provide excellent treatment in the case of an emergency. He was careful to work with objective experts outside of his local healthcare system and insurance plan.
Additionally, he had his doctor map his personal genome. Rather than rely on an imprecise “family health history,” the physician used the latest in technology to identify the man’s unique risk factors and created a comprehensive plan to help him avoid physical illness.
Success came down to a few factors:
The use of personal genetic sequencing to discover his bio-individual likelihood of developing disease
The identification and analysis of biomarkers in tandem with the genome to isolate specific risks
The making of a “lifetime plan” to achieve long-term goals through the tracking and management of biomarkers
In the case of our hero, the genome sequencing and biomarkers revealed unexpressed cardiovascular disease. He had high cholesterol, as well as high levels of inherited Lipoprotein(a). He was at clear risk for coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and stroke.
His physician advised a low-carb diet, the elimination of saturated fats, and specific supplements (like niacin) shown to reduce the risk of a heart attack. The man also started taking a statin and engaged in moderate, daily exercise.
Ninety days later, his biomarkers revealed lower cholesterol and lower risk. At his six-month evaluation, his levels had fallen below the normal range. The man adhered to the plan, maintained his health, and achieved the numerous other benefits, including:
The development of positive habits that contributed to his long-term health and well-being.
The likeliness that he would extend his lifespan and experience the joys of grandparenting.
An enduring legacy for his firm and the potential for his partners to grow into executive roles.
What Will You Do?
You want to live a long, healthy, happy, and active life. You want your loved ones to experience the same. How can you best take advantage of this new technology to enhance your well-being and lifespan?
Here are your options:
Take your health into your own hands. More and more providers are offering these genetic mapping services. DNA tests are accessible, increasingly affordable, and rife with important information. They’re also notoriously hard to understand. Without guidance, you can certainly do more to take care of yourself—get more sleep, eat well, exercise, and manage stress—but beyond basic strategies, you’re limited.
Partner with experts. There are physicians and care teams devoted entirely to the science of longevity. They may be more expensive, but they know the ins-and-outs of the field and will help you navigate the latest in advancements. They’ll analyze your genome, track your biomarkers, and help you devise a long-range plan to stay healthy and active with cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatments.
At AG Asset Advisory, we use a collaborative lifestyle management approach, matching clients with professionals who can direct them to the best healthcare and technology around the globe. Should you be interested in working with a concierge physician or team with the know-how to potentially increase your longevity and well-being, we can connect you. Organizations like WorldClinic offer state-of-the-art, on-demand healthcare for busy individuals and families. Reach out to us at AG Asset Advisory for more information.
Anthony Glomski is Founder and Principal of AG Asset Advisory (AGAA), an SEC-registered family office. The information, data, and opinions contained herein were not authored by AGAA and do not constitute investment advice. Content is provided solely for informational purposes only and therefore is not an offer to buy or sell securities, and is not warranted to be correct, complete or accurate. Investing carries an inherent element of risk, including the risk of losing invested principal. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Additionally, neither the author nor AGAA are engaged in rendering legal, medical, accounting, financial, consulting, coaching or other professional service or advice in specific situations. This publication should not be utilized as a substitute for professional advice in specific situations. Neither the author nor AGAA may be held liable in any way for any interpretation or use of the information in this publication.
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