Humans have been chasing life for centuries, and some parts of the world seem to be enjoying more success than others. Sanjay Gupta is a practicing neurosurgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital and chief medical correspondent with CNN. In Chasing Life, Gupta shares his findings from the global medical research community on the subject of practical immortality. The scientific community is on the edge of technological breakthroughs that may have the capabilities of extending life to levels we cannot even imagine. In the meantime, Gupta provides a comprehensive guide to functional aging – extending our lives with the means we have available today – diet and exercise.
The Okinawa natives have the highest level of longevity on record. What is their secret to success? Diet and hard work (i.e. exercise). There are other factors that also aid in sustaining a long and functional life: managing stress, enjoying a healthy level of optimism, and finding happiness, just to name a few. Chasing Life also dispels some of the myths of health including discussions on supplements, microwave cooking, and using Teflon when cooking.
Some listeners may be disappointed to find out there is no “quick fix” in the game of Chasing Life - not yet anyway - but what they will find is a motivating reminder. Dr. Gupta reminds us that something as simple as a life varied in exercise and healthy foods can change not only how you enjoy your life today but for the many additional days you will find in the years before you. The medical alternatives available ten to fifteen years from now may be vastly different from the alternatives available today, resulting in the ability to live longer, with more functionality. In the meantime, motivate yourself to live your best life today, the tools you need are within your reach, and in the game of Chasing Life little lifestyle changes can make all the difference.