GREAT NEWS: U.S. Suicide Rate Sees Biggest Drop in Four Decades!

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted April 26, 2021

Hi guys,

Dr. Anil Bajnath here with your Monday roundup.

I’m a big-picture guy. That’s why I often emphasize the importance of healthspan. What point is a life 90 years long, if the final 20 of it were bedridden?

You deserve a strong heart, mind, spirit, and body. Here at Longevity Insider HQ, we don’t just focus on weight loss or life expansion. We focus on strong mental health. We focus on maintaining fulfilling relationships with your loved ones. We focus on the most compelling research about the heart, brain, blood, and cellular aging.

All of these small important factors create a beautiful bigger masterpiece.

When COVID-19 swept over America in 2020, I saw history in the making. I’ve seen how the pandemic has taken a toll on people’s physical health, social lives, and mental states. Many people’s way of living completely changed.

That’s why I’m so happy to share the great news with you…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that fewer than 45,000 suicides were reported in 2020, showing a nearly 6% drop in the suicide rate in one year.

Here’s why this is so monumental. That’s the largest decline we have seen in four decades. Logic (and even some research) would suggest that a pandemic, job losses, lack of in-person connection, family deaths, and uncertainty would contribute to a mental health decline across the country.

And when depression, loneliness, and anxiety soar, typically one would think suicide rates would too. So it’s almost an anomaly that the very opposite has happened.

I’m sharing this with you today as you are part of the Longevity Insider family. And I want to encourage you to keep taking good care of yourself. So today I leave you with five ways I personally keep a strong mental health state.

5 Ways Dr. Bajnath Keeps a Strong Mind

  1. Drink plenty of water. When I drink water, I feel cleaner. Not only that, I can focus more on my daily tasks and I have more energy.

  2. Get some sunshine and fresh air. Don’t underestimate the power of vitamin D, which is actually a hormone. Vitamin D is known for producing the “happy chemicals,” serotonin and dopamine. If I’m feeling stressed, I make time for a quick walk outside.

  3. Exercise. Everyone’s condition is different, but my favorite choice of exercise is Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I feel stronger both mentally and physically because of it.

  4. Get enough sleep. Working 14-hour shifts seeing patients, my sleep architecture was so poor… and I knew I had to change something fast. That’s why I take VitaDEEP.

  5. Feed your body the proper nutrients. I have a very busy schedule and I don’t have time to individually take 36 health-promoting compounds... and a full spectrum of 18 amino acids and 11 vitamins and minerals. That’s why I get everything I need right from this plant.

Stay safe everyone!

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ