A few years ago, Sergey Young was diagnosed with a serious illness and his doctor told him that he would have to take pills every day for the rest of his life. While most people may be discouraged to experience such a thing, Sergey has actually done some research and treated his condition with the help of lifestyle and diet changes. During his research he developed a passion for healthy longevity and exciting science and technology that will help us to dramatically extend lifespan in the future. It is now Sergey’s mission to pass what they have learned on to a billion people and help them live long, healthy and happy lives. Sergey believes that people can live to be 150-200 healthy years old and beat the current longevity record of Jeanne Calment (122.5 years).
As part of his journey to accomplish his mission, Sergey started the $ 100 million company Longevity Vision Fund that invests in longevity-focused breakthroughs in science and technology which I covered when it started In early 2019, he also launched a corporate initiative, Longevity @ Work, which helps people around the world adopt long-lived lifestyles. Sergey’s experience in longevity research also inspired him to write the book “The Science and Technology of Growing Young: An Insider’s Guide to the Breakthroughs That Will Dramatically Extend Our Lifespan … And What To Do Now. “
Sergey and I both believe that helping other people live longer is one of the greatest medical challenges. I believe that with more investment in aging and longevity biotechnology, and with more participation from experts in the field, we can solve these challenges. We are really on the verge of a longevity revolution.
In this book, Sergey reminds us that advances in technological and scientific innovation in the field of aging mean that we can soon imagine turning 200 years old. Specifically, Sergey outlines certain steps we can all take to live healthy 100 and more.
He views aging as a condition that can be cured and made available to all and shares insights from healthcare entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors and inventors to give a glimpse into the prospects for longevity in three horizons: Now, Near Horizon and Far Horizon of longevity.
The Now Horizon takes a look at what we already know and can incorporate into our daily lives. These are diet, exercise, sleep, mental health, and lifestyle hacks that can be achieved by anyone.
Next, Near Horizon highlights technological advances that will allow us to live 150 years. Some of these technologies, such as artificial intelligence-based diagnostics and gene editing, are already in use. Sergey also identifies potential risks associated with using these technologies.
Finally, the Far Horizon of Longevity offers a glimpse into the future of age reversal as well as the technologies that will enable us to live a healthy 200 years. These include the internet of the body, digital avatars and AI brain integration. Here, too, Sergey identifies ethical issues raised by the use of such technologies.
I interviewed Sergey Young and we talked about his passion for affordable and accessible health care so that people can live longer and healthier lives. Together we talked about his Longevity Vision Fund, some tips for staying younger, and possible uses of longevity technologies in the future.
The book will be published on August 24th, 2021.
Alex: What made you move into aging and longevity?
Sergej Jung: My doctor diagnosed an illness that told me I would have to take pills every day for the rest of my life. At the time, I was at the height of my career and my wife was pregnant with our first baby – so I refused to accept my “lifelong” diagnosis and treatment. After doing some research, I treated my condition with the help of lifestyle and diet changes. Eight years later, I feel better, healthier and more energetic than ever!
Alex: You founded the Longevity Vision Fund, which supports cutting-edge longevity technologies. Can you describe how you built this fund and how it helped you become familiar with the area?
Sergej Jung: Establishment of the Longevity Vision Fund grew out of my passion for affordable and accessible health care and my desire to help people live better, longer, healthier lives. I decided to use my investor experience with over 20 years of experience to drive technology breakthroughs and support the companies that my team and I believed could change the current status quo for health and benefit as many people as possible To make longevity accessible.
I couldn’t have done it alone. I am grateful to my investors, who were driven by our shared mission to help people live longer and healthier lives, as well as the brilliant LVF team, including the formidable minds of the Scientific Advisory Board and Investment Team!
Alex: When you look at some of your most successful long-term friends, what are they doing to stay younger?
Sergej Jung: The only thing that unites my “most successful” longevity friends is their strong sense. They all have a clear understanding of their purpose in life and are driven by a desire to solve the world’s problems – no matter how big or small – and to improve people’s lives.
I really believe that this is the secret of “growing up” – not just physically, but mentally and psychologically as well. In addition, they all have what I call a “preventive medical mindset,” which means that they have regular checkups to identify and even prevent potential health problems as early as possible and with the greatest possible success. Results.
Alex: Who would you like to read your book ‘The science and technology of growing up‘? If you only had to name five people, who would it be?
Sergej Jung: I wrote this book as part of my mission to extend the healthy lives of at least one billion people. However, if I were limited to giving away copies to only five people in the world, I would probably pick those who are able to make the biggest difference for most people – the CEOs of the Big Five (Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft). Not only do these companies collectively employ a million people and practice longevity-focused corporate health programs – I also believe they are poised to become the biggest players in the healthcare of the future!
I would also be delighted if every head of state or government – around the world – had a copy of the book on how to turn their countries into healthy, long-lasting environments for their people. And that’s not as far-fetched as it might seem at first glance! For example, I was a board member of the parliamentary group on longevity, which helped develop the UK’s longevity strategy in line with the “HLE + 5” goal (“Extend healthy life spans by at least 5 years by 2035”). I am also in discussions with government officials about developing a National Longevity Program for their countries.
Alex: I’m going to buy a few hundred of your books to give to friends. Has anyone I know bought the book? Any celebrities?
Sergej Jung: Thanks Alex. Early support is crucial – and very effective. In fact, it helped us rank first on the Amazon book pre-order list in the Preventive Medicine category.
Many longevity pioneers I admire have read the book and made very inspiring reviews and recommendations – including Aubrey de Gray, David Perlmutter, David Sinclair, Dave Asprey, Tony Robbins, Peter Diamandis, and others. Speaking of well-known people outside of the realm of longevity, I am very grateful to have the support and assistance of Peter Jackson – film director, producer and screenwriter of ‘That Lord of the rings‘Trilogy and’The Hobbit. ‘ Additionally, CEOs and other C-level executives from insurance companies, high tech companies, global banks, and management consulting firms like my alma mater – McKinsey, ordered the book for themselves, their clients, and their employees – which is great to see.
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