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


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For Episode 416 of The Paleo Solution Podcast we have guest Dr. Michael Rose. Dr. Rose is a prolific evolutionary biologist whose work on aging has transformed the field. Evolution has described the field of aging research as “after Rose,” thanks to his influential 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 topic, The Long Tomorrow. His most recent book, with L.D. Mueller and C.L. Rauser, is Does Aging Stop? He has more than 300 publications, and has given hundreds of scientific talks around the world. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine.

This was a super interesting episode. We talked 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 as well. 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 – Variables of optimizing a paleo diet and adaptation to agricultural foods 27:25 – Self experimentation and values 29:25 – The evolution of human diet 33:20 – Nutrient density 34:48 – Brain evolution nutrient requirements 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 book: https://amzn.to/2DgmUOQ

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