Here are some very quick bits of advice.
- Completely stop eating sugar.
- Eat spinach and other leafy greens, take vitamin D and drink green tea.
- The health of your brain is crucial to your overall health. Meditation is better for your brain than puzzles and games.
- Intermittent fasting (e.g. 24 hours every 2 or 3 day) is good for you.
Simplistically assume that flies always begin reproducing at age A and always stop reproducing at age B. Any heritable cause of death that takes effect before age A will be strongly selected against, and any heritable cause of death that takes effect after age B will face no selection pressure at all. What Rose did was to tinker with A and B, delaying both, and discardiing the flies who didn't live very long, and he did this from 1980 to the present day. I think I'll have more to say about this when I've gone over my notes more, but a few quick things about these Methuselah flies.
We couldn't do this in 1980 but we can now sequence the DNA of these flies and compare it to the DNA of normal flies. What you see is that there are a lot of teeny differences widely spread over the genome. This leads me to think that there's no silver bullet longevity gene, but rather a lot of small tweaks that address a large number of heritable causes of death.
More stuff to come as I sift through my notes. Chris has talked about posting all the slides online and making the presentation videos available as a DVD.