A 45-year-old software developer and multi-millionaire wants to reverse the aging process and look younger again. He spends about two million dollars on it every year. He is said to have rejuvenated his body by five years.

Being 18 again for two million dollars a year: A 45-year-old American not only wants to stop the aging process, but reverse it. According to doctors, the multi-millionaire has already made considerable progress on his way to the dream of eternal youth. Within just one year, the tech millionaire was physically measurably younger by five years, reports his medical team.

After twelve months of daily medical treatments, a sophisticated sports program and a strict diet, the 45-year-old is said to have the heart of a 37-year-old, the skin of a 28-year-old and the physical fitness of an 18-year-old.

But that is only the beginning. Software developer Bryan Johnson wants to turn 18 again in all other physical areas, he told the Bloomberg news agency. Feeling young is not enough for him, according to Johnson – his body should also function like that of an 18-year-old.

The American has been eating exclusively vegan for over a year. He eats exactly 1977 calories a day. Johnson is adamant about a healthy diet and a strict sleep routine. To the minute, he goes to bed at the same time every night and gets up at five in the morning every morning.

Then he starts the day with more than twenty different vitamins, medicines and minerals such as zinc and a “microdose of lithium for the brain”. Johnson has his body fat percentage, blood sugar levels and bowel movements tested daily – other bodily functions such as nocturnal erections are also monitored with a monitor.

This is followed by a sophisticated fitness program: four hours of sport a day are the norm. Also included in his aging reversal program are electromagnetic pulses (EMPT), MRIs, ultrasound scans, colonoscopies, and blood tests.

Johnson’s skin rejuvenation methods include special creams, weekly acid peels and laser treatments. Instead of Botox or hyaluronic acid, he has his own fat injected into his face. This regenerates the skin better than conventional fillers, he says.

Overall, Johnson pays a medical team around $2 million a year. These expenses are likely to increase further in the future: Oliver Zolman, one of his 30 personal doctors, revealed that expensive gene therapies could soon be part of Johnson’s medical routine.

But money doesn’t matter to the software developer anyway: In 2013, Johnson sold his company “Braintree Payment Solutions” for 800 million dollars to Ebay’s former subsidiary PayPal. Since then he has wanted to use this fortune to find a cure for the aging process – and if possible also for death.

“What I’m doing might sound extreme,” the multi-millionaire admitted to Bloomberg. “But I’m trying to show that you can avoid self-inflicted damage to the body and its deterioration.” He doesn’t expect any understanding for his project, says Johnson. It is simply his goal “to have the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, tendons, teeth, skin, hair, bladder, penis and rectum again like at 18”.

After more than 12 months of treatment, his doctors seem divided: “Everything we’re medically testing has improved tremendously,” Jeff Toll, an internist on Johnson’s medical team, told Bloomberg. His colleague Zolmann was a little more sober: the doctor says there have not yet been any really extraordinary results. For the time being, the successes are still “small, as expected”.

Overall, however, Johnson has already reduced his biological age by “at least five years,” the team announced. He now 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.”

Johnson’s methods have sparked heated debates on social media. “Pretty cool”, find some users. Others ask, “What’s the point of that? His life is not fulfilling – no matter how long he will live neither have enough to eat nor a roof over their heads.”

Johnson reacts calmly. “Rather harmless,” he tweeted in response to criticism on social media. Looking forward to more votes, he joked, sharing a comment on Twitter that seemed amused: “Should we tell him he doesn’t look 18? – Then he has to get a psychiatrist to join his medical team.”

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