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Greetings -

Released a new episode this morning: #67 - AMA #8: DNA tests, longevity genes, metformin, fasting markers, salt, inflammation, and more.

In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter answers a wide range of questions from subscribers. Bob Kaplan, Peter’s head of research, asks the questions. If you’re not a subscriber and listening on a podcast player, you’ll only be able to hear a preview of the AMA.

If you’re a subscriber, you can now listen to this full episode on your private RSS feed. You can also watch (or listen) to this full episode on our website at the AMA #8 show notes page.

Questions continue to be pulled from the AMA section on the website, and any subscriber is welcome to submit questions for future AMAs.

We discuss:
  • Do DNA kits provide actionable info for cancer, CVD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, nutrition, or exercise? [1:45];
  • What genes increase longevity? And do those genes show up on genetic tests like 23andMe? [12:00];
  • Who are some people that Peter would like to have as guests on The Drive? [15:00];
  • Inflammation: Is CRP a useful marker? What can one do to reduce it? And what other inflammatory markers can I look at to gauge health? [18:30];
  • What lipid test does Peter now use on his patients? What are the three best cardiovascular laboratories? [28:00];
  • Metformin for longevity: What considerations should one think about before doing taking metformin for longevity purposes? [32:30];
  • What is Peter’s take on salt and its role in things like high blood pressure and stomach cancer? [40:00];
  • What markers does Peter find most interesting (and surprising) during his quarterly fasts? [47:30]; and
  • More.

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- Peter


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