The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 34 – Investing in Yourself

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The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 34 – Investing in Yourself

January 22, 2019

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Why invest in yourself, and what ways?

Rick Rosner: The deal is that there is a huge return on increasing your lifespan given the era that we live in.

For every five extra years you can live by maintaining your health; you get an extra two years due to breakthroughs in medical science. That’s just, basically, right now. In ten years, every five years that you can add to your life, that 4-5 years extra.

It is not simply living a sad and miserable existence.

Jacobsen: [Laughing].

Rosner: You mentioned off-tape people are also interested in maximizing their comfort and please too. The deal is that the breakthroughs in medicine are tending to improve both.

There is a thing called falling off the table in longevity studies, which is what you want to do. Falling off tha table is if your vertical axis is health and comfort – the ability to do as many things as you have always done – and then it is doing that for as long as possible, then you die; that’s falling off the table.

Health, appearance, pleasure, then boom! You’re done. Health medicine has pushed the table up a little bit. You don’t want a long decline from 100%. You don’t want to spend 12 years at 20% capacity.

But medicine is increasing the time in health and wellness. Some say 40 is the new 50. There is some bullshit to it. As long as they aren’t obese the way many American adults are, they are, certainly, in better shape than their parents at 55.

So, if you live healthily within reason, you will do better. There are calorie restricted people who eat a third of the regular calories of a normal person per day. They have to sit on padded chairs because there is no flesh on their butt.

You don’t have to do that. If you hold your fast food to two per week, and if you stay within 15% of your ideal weight, and if you don’t smoke, and if you don’t average more than 10 drinks a week, this sort of stuff.

If you stay abreast of medical news, so when there are breakthroughs – for example, if you’re pre-diabetic, this can help. One of the biggest drugs administered throughout the world and American is Metformin.

In America, 60 million prescriptions for Metformin are written every year. Since there are so many people who fall into this range, there is research on diabetes and prediabetes. That stuff is coming out all the time.

It can be good if you’re pre-diabetic and even if you’re not prediabetic – just keep abreast of stuff, even stuff like Fitbits or other things like Apple watches that monitor the moment to moment fitness in order to keep you improving.

This is helpful in cases of emergency. It helps you pay more attention to your fitness levels. It is motivating. For every five years that you invest in yourself, you get bonus years thanks to breakthroughs.

At 68, you get to look like somebody who is 58 or 55. If you’re single, you can hit on people in their 50s rather than people in their 60s if that is your deal. If you’re creepy, you can hit on people in their 30s.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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