A year after first publishing the online and six months after initiating this blog, it’s a good time to ask the question “How am I doing with my anti-aging firewalls program?” First, there is the personal subjective response. Coming up on 80:
· I am experiencing high energy, good health and am feeling good about life.
· My creativity, productivity, ability to think things through and social participation are as high as ever.
· My level of activity including physical exercise remains high.
· In photos, I look about the same age as in ones taken 10-20 years ago.
· I pass my cholesterol, CRP and other annual blood tests and physical exam procedures with flying colors.
· Compared to a year ago I believe my sexual libido is a bit increased, and my eyesight a bit better and keener.
· On the other hand, my hearing has gone a bit downhill.
· There is definitely more grey hair growing on the top of my scalp now. I started balding before 50 and there were hardly any hairs left on top a year ago. At the current rate in another 18 months I will have a full head of hair again, for the first time since I was about 50.
So, on the whole I feel very good about my anti-aging program so far. Telomerase activation was one of the big changes in the last year and I think it might largely be responsible for some of the effects including improved eyesight and hair growth.
From an intellectual viewpoint, I am also satisfied about how my view of aging has been maturing. Devoting countless hours to reviewing the aging-related research literature, writing over 90 posts in this blog and generating numerous enhancements to my treatise, I have been learning a lot about the advanced sciences that are informing us about aging. And, drawing on different viewpoints I have been increasingly seeing aging from a systems perspective.
All of this is just a start though. I not only want a full head of hair; I want it to be black instead of grey. I want to look and move and hear like I did when I was 45. And there is tons more for me to learn about biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics and the other omics. And progress over the last year has sharpened my thirst for more basic breakthroughs, more understand of how the theories of aging interrelate and better anti-anti-aging interventions. Please stay tuned. There will be more.