Episode 416 – Dr. Michael Rose – Aging, Adaptation, and Diet

Dr. Rose is a prolific evolutionary biologist whose work on aging has transformed the area. Evolution has described the area of aging research as”after Rose,” thanks to his powerful book Evolutionary Biology of Aging. In 1997, Rose was awarded the Busse Research Prize by the World Congress of Gerontology. In 2004, he published a technical summary of his work on the postponement of aging, Methuselah Flies, followed in 2005 by a popular book on the subject, the Long Tomorrow. His most recent book, with L.D. Mueller and C.L. Rauser, is Does Aging Cease? He has more than 300 books, and has given countless scientific talks around the world. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine.

We spoke about evolutionary changes in diet, how young people may be more adapted to agricultural diets, how that changes with age, and how your background and ancestry can affect how you handle agricultural diets and foods also. I definitely recommend giving this one a listen.

Show Notes:

00:48 — Summary/Pre-intro 2:15 — What is aging 3:22 — Experimental evolution 6:15 — Ancestral Health Symposium talk and fruit fly experiment 19:07 — Factors of optimizing a paleo diet and adaptation to agricultural foods 27:25 — Self experimentation and worth 29:25 — The evolution of human diet 33:20 — Nutrient density 34:48 — Brain evolution nutrient demands 35:33 — Movement, activity, and exercise 39:27 — Minimum effective dose 41:01 — Where you can find Dr. Rose’s work

Dr. Rose’s AHS presentation: Evolutionary Biology of Diet, Aging, and Mismatch Website https://55theses.org/ Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NCQ3E5sAAAAJ&hl=en The Long Tomorrow publication: https://amzn.to/2DgmUOQ

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