Here Are Five of the Best Books on Longevity

November 6, 2020

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There’s plenty of longevity books out there, and it can often be difficult to find out which are the best. To help you out with your searching, we’ve listed our top 5 favorite books about longevity -- plus a few bonuses. 

Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don't Have To by David Sinclair

The foundational text to longevity research, David Sinclair’s book offers a great introductory text as to what the story of longevity is all about. This book tends to focus primarily on lifespan (thus not telling the whole longevity story) but there are other books within this list that fill that void and this is an excellent beginner’s guide to the story regardless.

100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith by Sonia Arrison

While other writers in this list focus on how to get to longevity, Sonia Arrison focuses on what might happen when we reach longevity. By focusing on the societal issues of longer lifespan, we get to predict and prepare for what comes next.

The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age by Steven Gundry

If David Sinclair focuses particularly on lifespan, then Steven Gundry focuses particularly on healthspan. Because of this, this pairs with Lifespan very well!

The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by Howard Friedman & Leslie Martin

Friedman & Martin get a bit more hands-on with specific data, discussing the famed Longevity Project and how it has helped us, over time, unlock many of the secrets related to why and how people live so long.

The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger by Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel

Finally, we have a scientific look at longevity; this book dives a little bit deeper than Lifespan, and focuses particularly on telomeric effects in the longevity cycle that Sinclair touches on more generally. 

BONUS: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Many of the previous books discuss how sleep is so important to longevity -- Why We Sleep dives deeper into why this is, as well as some of the other things sleep is good for. A good primer on building a good sleeping habit for longevity!

BONUS: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky

Similarly to Why We Sleep, Sapolsky’s book dives into the concept of cortisol, which is described in the longevity cycle as a longevity deterrent. Here we gain better understanding of what exactly stress is, and how to stop it.

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