How Bryan Johnson, a 45-year-old tech entrepreneur, ‘reversed’ his age

How Bryan Johnson, a 45-year-old tech entrepreneur, ‘reversed’ his age

While it’s not uncommon for tech giants to be intrigued by anti-aging research, one overly wealthy software entrepreneur stands out.

Bryan Johnson, 45, has reportedly experienced an age reversal, turning back the clock on his biological age by at least five years.

Who is Bryan Johnson and what is he doing to grow young? Let’s take a closer look.

Who is Bryan Johnson?

Johnson, based in Venice, California, sold Braintree Payment Solutions LLC, a payment processing company, to eBay Inc. for $800 million in 2013 Bloomberg Report.

He said Bloomberg that although the venture was a “huge success,” the long hours left him overweight and mentally exhausted.

Johnson then went in search of OS Fund, a biotech venture company. In 2016, he founded Kernel, a startup that makes helmets for analyzing brain activity to study how the organ works.

Bryan Johnson’s strict regime

To achieve his goal of having the brain, heart, lungs and other organs, including the penis and rectum, of an 18-year-old, Johnson hired a team of 30 doctors and health professionals to monitor all of his bodily functions. says Bloomberg.

The team around Oliver Zolman, a 29-year-old “doctor for regenerative medicine”, has committed itself in the so-called “Project Blueprint” to pushing back aging in all organs of the entrepreneur, it is said Bloomberg.

For this, Johnson follows a strict regime every day.

At five in the morning, the Kernel founder takes two dozen medications and supplements for different parts of the body.

He trains for an hour a day, which consists of 25 different exercises.

Bryan Johnson adheres to a strict regimen every day. Image courtesy: Blueprint website

His diet is required to be 1,977 vegan calories per day, and he sleeps at the same time every night after “wearing blue light-blocking glasses for two hours,” according to the Bloomberg Report.

Johnson regularly monitors his vital signs and undergoes a variety of tests every month – some of them painful and invasive.

He has also had injections to create a “fat scaffold” on his face, a procedure to build “real, youthful fat cells,” the report said.

“I treat athletes and Hollywood celebrities, and nobody pushes the envelope quite like Bryan,” said Jeff Toll, an internist who is part of Project Blueprint Bloomberg.

This year alone, Johnson will spend at least $2 million to achieve his Fountain of Youth dream.

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What successes has Johnson achieved so far

After Bloomberg, Johnson is much healthier than others his age. His body fat is between five and six percent.

His doctors claim Johnson has the heart of a 37-year-old, the skin of a 28-year-old and the lung capacity and fitness of an 18-year-old, the report said.

Doctors also say he got gingivitis from someone aged 17.

Johnson wrote on his website that Blueprint slowed his aging by 24 percent.

Zolman, a medicine graduate from King’s College London, said his work with the businessman is just beginning and they still have a lot of procedures to do, including gene therapies.

“We didn’t get any remarkable results,” he said Bloomberg. “With Bryan, we got small, reasonable results and that’s to be expected.”

Zolman said his goal is to “demonstrate, through biostatistics, a 25 percent reduction in aging in all 78 organs by 2030.”

Speak with Bloomberg“What I’m doing may sound extreme, but I’m trying to prove that self-harm and decay aren’t inevitable,” Johnson said.

The Silicon Valley tech mogul also launched Rejuvenation Olympics, a website encouraging people to join him.

The website asks users to “upload your epigenetic data to the platform and your results will be analyzed and ranked”.

“If you say you want to live forever or conquer aging, that’s bad — it’s a rich thing,” Johnson said Bloomberg. “If it’s more like a professional sport, then it’s entertainment. It has the virtues of establishing standards and protocols. It benefits everyone systemically.”

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Response to Johnson’s search

Since reports of his extreme measures made headlines, Johnson has received a lot of criticism online.

Taking to Twitter, the wealthy businessman shared a series of replies criticizing his lifestyle choices and pursuit of longevity.

“Should we tell him he doesn’t look 18?” commented one user.

“How about if he’s already about to have a face transplant?” Another added, saying: “He looks like 91!”

“Eat right, exercise, die anyway,” tweeted one user. “It’s narcissism run rampant.”

Johnson hasn’t let the backlash get the better of him, however.

“Reactions were surprisingly tame today,” he said in a tweet last Thursday (January 26).

“Haters, I know you work hard to create zingers, take-downs and insults. I look forward to meeting you!”

With contributions from agencies

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