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Nov 29, 2012

EPIGENESIS FOR LONGEVITY


Epigenesis is the effect of the environment on which genes express.

The genes that express are a function of our diet and other environmental influences. In our diet they are affected by three hormones. Insulin controls the glucose level in the blood. Leptin responds to the amount of fat on our body, and Mtor responds to the amount of protein in the diet.

Natural selection is designed to select those individuals who survive to pass on the information in the genes through reproduction. Once reproduction and raising children are complete, there is no selective advantage to living longer. In humans there are two main sets of genetic expression which result from conditions of food abundance in the environment.

The first environment condition is in times of abundance when there is plenty of carbohydrate and/or protein available. The genes selected during this period favor immediate reproduction as the offspring have the best chances of survival. After reproduction there is no secretive advantage to the parent living much longer past child rearing.

The second environmental condition occurs in times of scarcity when carbohydrate is unavailable and protein is merely at a survival level. Nature then selects the genetic expression which favors repair, maintenance, and living longer, so that reproduction can take place in the future when conditions are more favorable.

Realizing this epigenetic principle allows modern man to adjust his diet to favor longevity and health. This has been well researched by Dr. Ron Rosedale and consists of a diet with very low carbs and very moderate protein (about 1 gram per kg of lean body mass). Studies by Dr. Rosedale and others have indicated that the bio markers of one following this way of eating match the bio markers of people living over 100 years. In the centenarians they just inherited that genetic expression, while eating a low carb ketogenic diet can actually result in expressions of the same genes. Research shows we now have a choice to live healthy and long lives.