Quantifying Biological Age: Blood Test #5 in 2020

My latest blood test results are in-how’s my biological age?

In the video I discuss my dietary approach prior to my latest blood test, the blood test results, and my plan to improve them with diet going forward.

Michael Lustgarten

Ph.D, Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2009 B.S., Biochemistry, Queens College, 2003 B.A, English Textual Studies, 1994, Syracuse University

10 thoughts on “Quantifying Biological Age: Blood Test #5 in 2020

  1. Amazing work Michael, as usual! One comment and one question:
    – maybe adding fibers (e.g. from oat flakes?) could reduce the glucose response to yogurt
    – I did not get well the point on how to increase RBC, what would be the best in your view?

    1. In terms of RBC, for whatever reason, including full-fat, plain yogurt increases them from ~4.4 – 4.8 to always > 5, which is what’s found in youth. I can’t guarantee that will work for you, though…

      1. Wonderful site Michael, love the the curated and highly relevant content, especially the video “walking tours”. Have you done a blood DNAaging test as of yet vs using blood markers? Epigenetic testing appears to be much more highly rooted in epigenetic biological age vs actual age.

      2. Thanks MAC. Which video is about “walking tours”?

        I haven’t done DNAm testing yet, as even the best epigentic clocks have similar correlation coefficients with Phenotypic Age, which is based on the clinical biomarkers. Also, Phenotypic Age is at least 4-5x cheaper, and has been studied for decades, whereas there’s ongoing research about DNAm clocks in terms of which aspects that they’re actually measuring. For ex., see this video:

  2. Sorry, bad metaphor…I meant your video explanations of the papers are wonderful, taking us through a “walking tour” of the science.

    Your blood tests in 2020, differing by 5 years makes no sense to me that the phenotypic age is biologically accurate. Why not just do one or two DNA aging tests and put them against your phenotype age, let us decide? For now, I only doing blood DNA age to track my progression via epigenetic changes. Cost isn’t a factor considering the huge impact it has on interventions response, and very small amount $ relative to the cost of other interventions being implemented.

    I haven’t dug entirely through your site, do you publish if you’re on any meds/pharma as longevity interventions? Eg. metformin, rapamycin, etc.

  3. I’m curious about how you eat your broccoli and cauliflower — do you steam it or eat it raw or both? Do you bake your potatoes or boil them? And what made you cut legumes and pulses out of your diet?

    1. Hey Chloe, I microwave them. I can’t eat broccoli raw, but occasionally I eat some of the cauliflower raw. I rarely eat potatoes these days, as I switched back to carrots instead of orange sweet potatoes. I have GI issues when I eat legumes and pulses, and have some food sensitivities to them, so they’re a very rare food for me. I like them though, so it’s too bad my physiology doesn’t like them!

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