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Airs Tuesday, July 25 & Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Professor Tony Wyss-Coray, Stanford University Calif., USA.

Credit: Courtesy of BBC 2016

Above: Professor Tony Wyss-Coray, Stanford University Calif., USA.

Can science stop us getting old?

In the last five years, game-changing breakthroughs have redefined the way we think about aging. More than ever, there is hope that we can overcome our greatest enemy – the process of biological decline.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG investigates the latest research that could put the brakes on the aging process:

  • In Japan, discover the foods that add years to your life.
  • In the USA, meet the Alzheimer’s sufferers being injected with young people’s blood.
  • In Ecuador, meet the boy with Laron syndrome who could hold the key to curing aging – he will never grow old like the rest of us.
  • A global quest to uncover the secrets of how we grow, develop and renew, this remarkable journey of human biology challenges everything we believe about getting old.


Part 1 of 2 airs Tuesday, July 25 at 11 p.m.

Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC 2016

Professor Marco Narici of Nottingham University, England, at Magdeburg University, Germany.

In this two-part series, Angela Rippon and Dr. Chris van Tulleken travel the world in search of the latest science that could help us all stay young and healthy for longer. They investigate the best ways to help both our bodies and brains age better.

Up first is the body, and Angela travels to Germany to join a groundbreaking study which reveals the exercise that holds off aging the most.

Chris visits America to find out about the unexpected diet that can add years to our lives.

And in Ecuador we meet a seventeen-year-old who looks like a child to discover how scientists hope he may hold the key to preventing the diseases of aging.

Episode 1 Preview: A Simple Life Expectancy Test

The sit-to-rise test is a powerful predictor of later health.

Part 2 of 2 airs Wednesday, July 26 at 11 p.m.

Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC 2016

Fisher ladies in Okinawa, Japan.

This episode explores what can give brains a boost. In America, Angela tries out a new treatment that's proven to help memory and concentration.

In Japan, a remarkable 100-year-old reveals the colorful foods that keep minds more active. Plus Chris discovers the best exercise we can do for our brains.

At the cutting-edge of science, discover how injections of young people's blood may help beat dementia.

You can follow Dr. Chris van Tulleken - @DoctorChrisVT on Twitter.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG: Episode 2 Preview

Angela Rippon and Dr. Chris van Tulleken investigate what can give brains a boost.


A BBC production. Presenter: Chris van Tulleken (TRUST ME, I’M A DOCTOR, "The Truth About Calories"). Executive Producer: Paul Overton (FRONTLINE MEDICINE, SUPERMARKET SECRETS).

Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC 2016

Centenarian Ellsworth Wareham, Calif., USA.


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