This Week's Herman Trend Alert

Super-Agers Part 2

  The Herman Trend Alert

June 29, 2022

New Discoveries in Diet, Eye Health, and Lifespan

A research team from the Buck Institute have made some fascinating discoveries that ultimately will help humans to live longer in better health with ability to see better as well.

Assistance from the Lowly Fruit Fly
Many years ago, in Biology, I reviewed studies about an insect called Drosophila, better known as the Fruit Fly. In fact, the humble fruit fly has a long history of helping us with discoveries in longevity research, from calorie restriction to maintaining glucose balance. Why? Because it seems that, believe it or not, we have a lot in common with this pesky insect. And studying them can help us learn more about the human body.

Fruit Flies are our Research Heroes
Because fruit flies are so easy to raise and have such a short lifespan, they are ideal models that allow us to monitor many of things at the same time. Not only that but nearly 75 percent of human genetic disease genes have a match in the fruit fly.

A Recent Study from The Buck Institute
In a study published this month in Nature Communications, Buck Institute researchers detailed an interesting link between diet, circadian rhythms, eye health, and lifespan. In addition, the researchers unexpectedly found that processes in the fly eye are actually driving the aging process.

Eye Problems Associated with Other Disease
Previous studies of humans have shown an association between poor health and eye disorders. This study takes that premise a step further. The Buck Institute study demonstrates that a dysfunction of the eye can actually drive problems in other tissues. This lab is the same one that validated the fact that fasting and caloric restriction can improve many functions of the body. They are now reporting that not only does fasting improve eyesight, but the eye plays a role in influencing lifespan.

A Surprise for the Researchers
The surprise was that the eye itself---at least in the fruit fly---can directly regulate lifespan. It's all about circadian rhythms.

The Big News
The light from computer and phone screens, as well as light pollution for hours after sundown are conditions that disturb our circadian clocks. This disturbance disrupts our normal protection for the eye and that could have consequences beyond just the vision, including damaging the rest of the body and the brain. We already know there is a relationship between a deterioration of the retina and Alzheimer's Disease. And by the way, light pollution is now being blamed for the susceptibility some plants have to diseases as well. Here's the bottom line: if you want to live longer, reduce your protein consumption and limit your exposure to non-red light after sundown.

The Eyes are Windows to More than the Soul
There is a lot more to understand about the part the eye plays in the overall health and lifespan of humans, including (but not confined to) how the eye regulates lifespan. This frontier is only the beginning of this avenue of exploration into expanding the human lifespan.

Next Week's Herman Trend Alert: Our Incredible Shrinking Kitchens
For years now, kitchens in homes have been shrinking. In the next Herman Trend Alert, you will learn why and what that means for future building, as well as what to expect in the future. It is good news for some types of businesses and bad news if you're in the kitchen fixture business.

© Copyright 1998- by The Herman Group, Inc. -- reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From "The Herman Trend Alert," by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 1.336.210.3548 or To sign up, visit The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc."

This week, our own author, Joyce delivered the second episode of her own show on (and now as well) It's Your Future with Joyce Gioia debuted last month in various timeslots---due to time zones. The second episode featured Joyce talking about The Future of Living Spaces. Of course, Joyce will continue to deliver the futures commentary segment of INGOMU's podcast, The Future of Life, Work, and Wellness which also appears on the Futures Television channel on Each podcast closes with a special commentary from our author Joyce about what the interview insights mean for the future. Eventually, will offer the listings for the showings of both programs.

The War for Talent is back. How can you compete? By having an Employee Retention Specialist on your staff. If you were ever interested in taking the Employee Retention Certification Program, now is the time for you to speak up. Joyce is putting together another class featuring the latest research for the end of September. Call Carol at 336.210.3548 or email to express your interest.

Hosted by the Dubai Futures Foundation, the event will convene 400 of the world's top futurists to anticipate challenges, imagine opportunities, share foresight, and shape the future. For more information, visit

To read this Herman Trend Alert on the web:

Herman Trend Alerts are produced by the Herman Group, strategic business futurists, Certified Management Consultants, authors, and professional speakers.

New subscribers are always welcome. There is no charge for this public service. The Herman Trend Alert is read by over 30,000 people in 90 countries, including other websites and printed periodicals. Click here to sign up for the Herman Trend Alert.

Do you enjoy receiving this weekly e-mail update? Contact us about our co-branded Herman Trend Alert service.

Subscribe or Unsubscribe to weekly Herman Trend Alert
View this week's Herman Trend Alert
Archived Weekly Herman Trend Alerts


[ Home About Products Resources Media ]


7112 Viridian Lane
Austin, TX 78739
Voice: 336-210-3548
Toll Free in US & Canada: 800-227-3566

  © The Herman Group. All rights reserved.

Web site design by WebEditor Design Services, Inc.