Finger on the Pulse of Longevity

For the maximum longevity, the target resting heart rate is probably one beat a second or less. Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter at …


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  • Age 65. Came in at 45-47. Just had 2 ears of corn and large bowl of mashed potatoes, both with sea salt. Tested pulse within 20 minutes of eating. Have never been aware what my pulse rate was in my entire life until just now. Do doctors generally tell you it? I don't recall a doctor or a nurse telling me my weight since grade school, yet they always put you on that scale.

  • I've been vegan for 8 and a half years and my bloodwork was good 2 years ago, and I'm sure I'd be disease-free for the foreseeable future but my heart rate has always been high. Wat do!

  • This is good news. Being a cyclist mine is between 40 and 45 depending on my fitness level and how much training I'm doing. 40bpm's and I'm ready to race 🙂 Before cycling, mine used to be around 52 so obviously I have a naturally lower heart rate than average.

  • So I've made the switch to veganism about a week ago and have been going strong! I've noticed I've started having really lucid dreams every night since day one, compared to before they were extremely rare. Any reputable articles or videos out there that show/discuss the correlation between the vegan diet and psychological effects? Thanks

  • What if you're an athlete who trains 3 hours a day with your heart rate at 150 beats per minute. Even though you would have a low resting heart rate, wouldn't that mean you'll live less long.

  • 88 BPM resting heart rate. Not too bad considering I could've have been sort of more at rest. Also If I closed my eyes my heart rate would've been lower. Two nights ago I stayed up late, basically all night, and was tired and my face looked sort of pale in the mirror(a telltale sign of poor blood flow I reckon). Then after, suddenly my heart started hurting sometimes when it beated, maybe at least a dozen times in all. I got up and walked a bit and then sat down on the floor. It hurt for many beats in a row. I relaxed and it went away. I had Angina in my early twenties, and even though it basically went away, I still have some infrequent minor pains, although nothing like this. All-nighters definitely affect me some more than they did when I was younger. Eh, maybe an Angel saved me from a heart attack for some reasons, heheheh. I felt some heaviness in my chest after and some the next day and less today, so I reckon its healing quite well. Although I do have diabetes and aint been doing as much with that as I probably ought to recently. I checked my blood pressure yesterday and the high number was about 20 points higher than what it was weeks and months ago, 138. The lower number was basically usual, 78. I have been stressed slightly more recently about some things. I overeat sometimes, nothing very unusual. I ought to do differences, including what I eat and exercises, in efforts for more optimal health….

  • Thanks for this research data, I have for years drawn people's attention to the fact that the number of breaths is roughly the same for all mammals, and that includes us! There is a myth that Lao Tzu BC 30 lived to be 150, I don't believe it was a myth , he only needed to train himself to breathe around 5 breaths per minute. Divide 700 by breaths per minute to give you expected lifespan in years. A good reason to learn to breathe more slowly and calmly.

  • A reduced heart rate is also indicative of a less stressful lifestyle with more free time and less to be anxious about. In our sick society, this translates into having more financial control and freedom. Studies have been done on other primate groups and all invariably find that the higher up the social hierarchy they are, the longer they live. We are no different from any other primate.

  • This is so stupid. The longest living population on this planet is the on from Monaco – a meat eating one. So either you explain why that is, including average medical expenses per capita, or you stop with this longevity crap…

  • My resting heart rate is 48 bpm and always has been since I can remember. I'm 67 and climbed Mr. Kilimanjaro two years ago; did the Inca Trail last year; and did the rim to river to rim in a day at the Grand Canyon. I'll probably get hit by a truck tomorrow.

  • The similar relationship I discovered between resting breathing rate and life expectancy some years ago. This research substantiates my limited research. Details here: <; As a Buteytko Educator this was of particular interest as it would appear that better breathing would not only impact on related ailments like asthma, hypertension, sleep apnoea etc. but also might offer greater longevity.

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