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

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  58 reviews
From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox comes a groundbreaking plan for living a long, healthy, happy life.

From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live
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Published March 19th 2019 by Harper Wave
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Gundry rattles off a lot of statements that are purported to be supported by serious scientific studies. They aren’t! [Example: the book indicates that a 2016 study on the impact of longevity concluded “nutrient uptake depends on your microbiome” supported by reference 5. Except that the study was not on humans and did not conclude that with that statement. The study was performed on nematodes.—Joel Kahn, Professor of Cardiology]

Dr. Gundry provides a theory of atherosclerosis that suggests that
Trace Nichols
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
You have to know how to read these books. Don't go in to them thinking you are supposed to take every bit of advice and piece of information as "do it or die". Assimilate what you learn from the research contained within that supports the daily plan for living and make it your own - specific to your health needs, abilities to source the materials, and lifestyle goals. There is a LOT to be gleaned from this book. If you are a reader of this genre, you will find it very reminiscent of other works ...more
AnaMaria Rivera
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Gundry is above all a scientists and he does a very good job at distilling his wisdom in ways that are understandable for someone that does not have a medical background. Having said this, the book is at times heavy, due to all the science involved, and the longevity paradox program in practical terms is difficult to follow, unless you have fierce determination and perhaps are already a vegan...
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting look into Dr. Gundry's theory on gut health. There were a number of spots where I thought he may have confused correlation with causation, but that may have just me missing something he has pointed out already. Being an endurance athlete I was a bit put-off by his take on distance running. I have read the research on this and I'm not convinced that it is complete. However, that just may be my confirmation bias at work defending my favorite pastime. All in all I really ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good, informative and interesting. seems almost impossible to follow but definitely got some new information that I will implement.
Vibhor Jain
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great work with many new perspectives on health issues which have either not been explored/discussed much or have been recent discoveries.
The work of Dr Jason Fung (The Obesity Code) is simpler to understand and implement. With this book, you would need to immensely apply your own mind on how and what to implement. For example, the author mentions a total of 79 beneficial supplements. Assuming many of these would be present in combinations, still it would be an absurdly high number an
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just cannot get behind a book that promotes eating "good" and "bad" foods. It's yet just another "diet" or "food craze" (think: Atkins, Keto, etc...) that will eventually (already?) prove unhealthy and unwise. I didn't realize this was the type of book it was until I started reading it - definitely would not have picked it up if I knew it was just another one of those "I'm a doctor and hey, buy my supplements," book.
Robert Yokoyama
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I am interested in living a long healthy life. The information in this book is very insightful. I learned that sleep helps clean out the brain. A good night sleep prevents plaques in the brain from growing. These plaques can lead to Alzheimer disease to develop. I will try get quality sleep by going to bed earlier and eating dinner earlier because of this information. I will eliminate the blue light that comes from my computer because it interferes with my sleep. I have ...more
Laura Papla Ford
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book seems based on science, but some claims, especially about lectins has little scientific proof.

Also, writers own supplements, that he does not push, but mentions prominently enough, makes one slightly concerned about objectivity of his advice.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, nutrition
Must read for anyone interested in long term health and well being. Dr. Gundry’s third and most well researched book. It includes new discoveries and explanations of the human body’s digestive, immune, neurological, and cellular regeneration systems...and how to ensure the right nutrition and habits to keep all functioning extremely well into a ripe old age.
Deanna Gold
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is mostly about avoiding LECTINS, which the author posits are responsible for all of the major diseases of aging. But he writes in such a patronizing style- calling the good bacteria in the intestinal tract "gut buddies." It got extremely annoying reading "gut buddies" a thousand times. And by the end of the book when you read his list of supplements -- he takes 79!-- you realize he is pretty out there. He also manufactures his own supplements, so of course he believes that people shou ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The research in this one didn’t feel as well explained as it was in The Obesity Code, but it was interesting to read the analysis of Blue Zone communities and of how our microbiome has been affected by changes to our eating patterns.
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnotfinish
I can't take this guy seriously. He cites a lot of studies on mice. I didn't finish it, so maybe I missed something, but if you want to be healthy, take the advice of a doctor who does meta-analyses of long-term studies on actual people: Dr Greger. HOW NOT TO DIE is based on years of research on humans, not mice.

Dr. Gundry also recommends consuming a WHOLE LITER of olive oil EVERY WEEK. That's a crazy amount of calories consumed as relatively low-nutrient fat. He also says to avoid beans and le
Ginger Hudock
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Some of the science is good, but others not so much. He is selective with his data. Many of the long lived populations that he sites consume lots of beans, but he ignores that fact. Many of them also consume grains, but he advises against all grains. His proposed diet is overly restrictive, based on science that he ignores.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
The author seems credible. I am going to implement many of the suggestions. But the book could really use some stronger editing. I'd prefer to have the science concentrated in one area, and the recommendations in another section. Instead, the science is sprinkled throughout, so it feels like the author it constantly trying to persuade an already persuaded reader. I felt impatient. I had already decided to trust the author, I didn't need to be re-convinced over and over.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I will preface that I borrowed the audiobook version of this book. The author has a pleasant voice and reads the book himself, so I’ll call that a win. The last quarter of the book was interesting and actually went into the longevity plan that suckered me into grabbing the book from the “other books that may interest you” section on the library app.

However the ordering of the information in the book was such garbage that the first 3/4-ish of the book was tedious and had me moaning “whyyyyyyy, w
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting non-fiction read that focuses on a holistic approach to health. Dr. Gundry looks at why three specific communities live into a ripe old age with a high quality of life right to the end. He argues that health isn't generic but about our gut health, and that it more likely to be affected by how we live with than our family history. He looks at diet - eat nuts (walnuts, pistachios and macadmias), green leafy vegetables (sprouts, broccoli), limit animal fats (cut out all meat if possible ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Dr. Gundry’s lifestyle protocol as outlined in The Plant Paradox, in four months, I went from regularly walking with a cane to traveling solo with ease and planning my next mountain hike. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to read his next book, and I wasn’t disappointed. His program works. Even better, it isn’t just a baseless fad. He distills the science very well and helps you to understand the “whys” as much as the “hows.” I know others who adhere to the program who have cured their diabet ...more
Sally Stanton
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second of Dr. Gundrys books that I've read. Well sort of, I only got through about half of "The Plant Paradox" and I was so overwhelmed with the diet restrictions as I had just started a diet plan that was a big change for me already. This book,however, was easier for me to digest and was more interesting because it's based on feeling good as we age which I believe can happen.
I enjoyed reading some of the scientific stuff as Dr. Gundry does insert some humor for us non scientist typ
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of scientific research. Seems more rigorous even than a ketogenic diet; while he promotes low-carb eating, he also eschews animal proteins. If you have explored a vegan low-carb diet, you know how challenging it can be to achieve. However, he also claims we need only 0.37 g/kg of protein per day, a claim I'm not prepared to refute.

He does elucidate the idea that cholesterol is an innocent bystander in plaque, rather than causing it. Very shortly thereafter, though, he clai
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good stuff! Still sorting through what's hype and what's real, but most of Gundry's advice seems on point. It helps the book's credibility that he's a practicing heart surgeon and has seen a lot of cases. Cutting down on pro-inflammatory foods and increasing anti-inflammatory ones (e.g. extra-virgin olive oil!) remain good ideas. You won't need most of the supplements he recommends, and he does have a company that sells them. However, if you're getting the supplements anyway, the lists of reliab ...more
Daylynn Foster
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked The Plant Paradox better. This repeats some/ a lot of that information. The name of the game is this: Whoever has the least amount of inflammation in their body gets to live longer & healthier! This is what all the 100yr olds + have in common...low inflammation markers. The trick is to avoid things that cause inflammation. Also, let a large amount of time lapse b/t your last meal & bedtime. 1 hour isn't enough. Fast. I'm trying to incorporate hemp tofu in my diet now. (My body/di ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting info with lots of anecdotal evidence (I'd prefer a bit more scientific data), but the first half of the book I spent wondering when Gundry would reveal the details of the "program" constantly referred to, and it felt like I was listening to an extended tv shopping channel advertisement as a result of this--I was waiting to find out how much more I'd have to spend on Gundry's products in addition to having already purchased the book. FORTUNATELY, it didn't quite get to the bad place I ...more
David Wygant
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
great sources of prebiotics include nuts and tubers such as yams, fungi such as mushrooms and roots such as turnips. starve your bad bacteria by avoiding sugar including fruits like grapes, mangoes, pineapples. leafy greens, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, lentils, shellfish, chicken liver and aged cheese help to protect your gut wall. evolution designed our bodies to perform certain exercise: walking, lifting weights for short periods of time and engaging in temporary bursts of heart-pumping, rapid-fir ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maybe-buy, reread
This is a good book especially if you haven't read the author's first book. That being said this book doesn't add that much over the original (it had a good point regarding neu5gc that I don't think was discussed as well in the first book). The author also oversteps his knowledge. He says he thinks it is impossible to overdose on vitamin D. I have done it; it wasn't that difficult and is dangerous so he should be a bit more careful what he states as fact. All in all its a good but not great book ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Dr. Gundry provides a bit more science in this book. If you've read his Plant Paradox and listen to Rhonda Patrick and Peter Attia, you're probably familiar with most of the content. Gundry presents his message in a very accessible fashion. You may or may not be so taken with the content.

Very much worth reading if you're interested in getting an informed opinion on a healthier lifestyle, particularly regarding how eating choices may affect you, and what some good alternative eating choices may b
Michelle Muellner
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for every single person on a journey to optimal health and longevity! Dr. Gundry actually reads the audio book - and the information he shares is the cutting edge of the latest in understanding what we need to be eating and what we need to NOT eat as a rule. I implemented his recommendations and had instant improvement. Already down 10 pounds, feeling more energized and active, I can't wait to see where his program leads! Highly recommend!
Victoria Chin
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. As a meat lover and someone who has followed Atkins and Paleo, it's hard to change my opinion on proper foods for a healthy lifestyle. However, I've found as i have gotten older, and loosely follow an intermittent fast diet, this book makes more sense and my appetite/ love of meat has changed. What I believe now is you have to take from more than one philosophy and tailor your eating to what fits you best. Trite but true.
Warren Mcpherson
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: human-wellbeing
Compelling look at research into our reactions to food.
I found the book well written and credible. The explanations are clear and appear well reasoned.
There is a lot of detail and listing out 80 supplements seem a little over the top. There are also many ideas, the notion that many problems may be the result of low-level immune responses I found very interesting.
I expect to come back to this book.
Tiffany Elsener
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
For the amount of science presented, it's an easy enough read. The meal plan and recipes are a nice addition to be able to action on the advice provided. Like any book claiming to have the "secret" to solving all health issues, I take it with a grain of salt, but will definitely still implement a number of best practices.
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