Goodreads Choice Award: Nominee for Best Nonfiction (2023)

Outlive by Peter Attia
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity by Dr. Peter Attia is a comprehensive view into the science and habits for health and wellness.

My Overview

Dr. Attia takes the reader on a comprehensive journey through the world of medicine and approaches for longevity. He is a physician who became disillusioned with the reactive approaches of medicine (Medicine 2.0), and instead focused on creating a proactive approach for long-term health (Medicine 3.0). His goal is to outlive by living longer while enjoying good health. The plan for longevity is based on maintaining both physical and mental functions.

The book is focused on living longer by avoiding or delaying what Dr. Attia calls “the Horsemen”. These are the four chronic diseases which are the leading cause of death. The cause of these diseases is explained in detail, along with lifestyle changes aimed at preventing (or at best delaying) them. At the core of the prevention plan are: exercise, nutrition, sleep, and mental wellness. So, nothing groundbreaking. What’s unique about Dr. Attia’s approach is the research and data he presents, to educate about these chronic diseases. His approach and intensity, aren’t for everyone (including myself), but it’s worthwhile to learn about process. After all, the book’s goal is to provide insight and understanding about living healthier. In essence, the purpose of the book is to arm the reader with valuable information, so that each can make the best choices for themselves.

Wondering if this book is too dry or boring based on the content? It’s not. In spite of the book being research and data driven, it’s written in an easy to understand manner. Through anecdotes from his own health experience and that of his patients’, the content is kept engaging throughout. Overall, I found the entire book to be eye opening and fascinating.

My Recommendation

This is one of the most important books I’ve read this year, so I highly recommend it. I appreciate the knowledge I gained for overall wellness. This book contains valuable information that anyone can benefit from in different ways. I’m glad I came across this book and took the time to read it. I’m already applying some of the proactive steps and lifestyle changes mentioned in the book.

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