The Secret to a Longer Life? Don’t Ask These Dead Longevity Researchers 

Death happens, so eat right, exercise, but also live a little.  🙂

*Exercise in particular.  In fact one recent study found:

“According to researchers, older adults who exercised for most of their lives showed signs of slowed down aging. The study reports those who actively cycled into older age had lower cholesterol levels and better immune systems than those who did not partake in regular exercise.”

Excerpts from: The Secret to a Longer Life? Don’t Ask These Dead Longevity Researchers – The New York Times

“We all want the same thing: to believe we have the power to stave off the ravages of old age.

But how much do our individual choices really matter?

The question sent me on a safari through the obituary pages, hunting for dead longevity experts so that I could find out how their experiments had ended. I conducted my search in the same spirit in which Dr. Brouchkov swallowed his permafrost extract — driven by curiosity, aware that my “findings” would be only anecdotal. Nonetheless, what I learned was enough to make you choke on your keto coconut-oil coffee.”

“Some of the biggest names in dieting, organic agriculture and preventive medicine died at surprisingly young ages. The wild-foods enthusiast Euell Gibbons was far ahead of his time in his advocacy of a diverse plant diet — but he died at age 64 of an aortic aneurysm. (He had been born with a genetic disorder that predisposed him to heart problems.) The nutritionist Adelle Davis helped to wake millions of people to the dangers of refined foods like white bread, but she died of cancer at 70. Nathan Pritikin, one of the foremost champions of low-fat diets, died at 69, nearly the same age as Dr. Robert Atkins, who believed in the opposite regimen.”

“That’s the problem with n-of-one-ism, in which we pursue, individually and alone, our own path to health. The greatest gains in longevity have occurred not because of personal choices but because of public sanitation, clean water and the control of infectious diseases. According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “since 1900, the average life span in the United States has increased by more than 30 years; 25 years of this gain have been attributed to public health advances.”

That’s why we should all fight for other people’s health. Your decisions can affect when I die, and vice versa.”

Source: The Secret to a Longer Life? Don’t Ask These Dead Longevity Researchers – The New York Times