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US Trend: Longer Lives But Fewer Healthy Years

US Trend: Longer Lives But Fewer Healthy Years

Posted on 21 December 2010 by mondev

By Amanda Chan, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer

Although our life expectancy has doubled over the past 50 years, we now spend fewer years in goodhealth, a new study suggests.

A 20-year-old today will live one fewer healthy year than a 20-year-old a decade ago, said study researcher Eileen Crimmins, a professor at the University of Southern California.

Conditions such as obesity, dementia and arthritis are the main reasons why, she said. They prevent a person from leading a healthy life.

“We keep people living longer, and they’ve been saved from their heart disease, but they still have dementia, and there’s nothing we can do to delay or prevent the dementia,” Crimmins told MyHealthNewsDaily. “They’re living more years with unhealthy life.”

Crimmins and her colleagues looked at data from the National Health Interview Survey and National Vital Statistics from 1998 through 2006.

They found that a 20-year-old man in 1998 would live, on average, 45 more years without developing cancer, heart disease or diabetes. But a 20-year-old man in 2006 would be likely to live 43.8 more years free of one of those conditions.

Ten years ago, a 20-year-old man could expect to eventually spend 3.8 years without basic mobility — defined as the ability to walk up 10 stairs or a quarter of a mile or to stand, bend or kneel without special equipment. Today, that number has increased to 5.8 years, the study said.

For women, the mobility outlook is even worse — 10 years ago, a woman could expect 7.3 years without basic mobility, compared with 9.8 years today, the study said.

“One thing leads to another,” Crimmins said. “People who are overweight tend to stop exercising because it’s not pleasant or not comfortable, and arthritis is related to carrying a lot of weight. They’re circular.”

Crimmins and her colleagues also found that the prevalence of heart disease in men increased between 1998 and 2006, which means men are living longer despite having heart disease, she said.

“Men have heart disease because they’ve survived the treatment — the valve replacement or cleaning out of the arteries — or they’ve stopped smoking,” Crimmins said.

However, the prevalence of heart disease in women didn’t increase between 1998 and 2006, which Crimmins interprets to mean that women aren’t surviving heart disease as well as men are.

She also found that more men and women had cancer and diabetes in 2006 than in 1998.

Next, Crimmins said, she hopes to see why people at lower levels of income or who have less education tend to age faster than wealthier, more educated people.

Pass it on: We live longer today than we did 50 years ago, but we spend fewer years in good health.

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Healthy Life Choices for Living to 100

Healthy Life Choices for Living to 100

Posted on 21 December 2010 by mondev

By Amy Sherman - McClatchy Tribune

Although most people think longevity is solely related to genes, it really depends on genes, attitude and lifestyle. Centenarians attribute their long lives to eating well, being optimistic and keeping busy.

The Census Bureau estimates that by 2050, there will be 1.1 million people 100 years or older. Do you want to be one of them?

There are several things you can do to start living right and working your way to the triple digit numbers.

1. Be your own best advocate when it comes to your health. Know what medicines you’re taking, why your taking it and for what duration. Know if your medications have any contraindications and be aware of all side effects.

Explore alternative ways you can deal with your condition so you can perhaps eliminate some of the medicines. The reason why this is important is to keep your medications simple and your side effects low.

2. Be smart about what and how much food you consume. Nobody forces you to finish what’s on your plate.

Research shows that portion size has increased and that it is related to an increase in obesity. Therefore, understand that you, and only you can reduce your food consumption.

Do it because obesity is related to many debilitating illnesses, which shorten your hopes for a long lifespan. Conscious eaters have lower blood pressure, reduced body fat and diminished risks for heart disease and even cancer.

Eat a Mediterranean diet, which includes colorful fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish and whole grains. Keep a trim waist for a healthy heart.

Be active. The more you move, the more you maintain flexibility, range of motion and responsiveness.

3. Associate with other optimistic, light-hearted people. As you age, you’ll notice that discussions tend to be directed toward illness or misfortune.

Avoid those conversations by focusing on how much you appreciate your life and how good it’s been for you. Some people also try lifestyle changes, like meditation, relaxation, and yoga exercises to keep their perspective upbeat and focused on the sunnier side of the spectrum.

Others seek professional help through cognitive-behavioral therapy to change their negative thoughts into more logical, hopeful thinking.

Your body tends to thrive when you feel supported, encouraged and connected.

4. Drink moderately and don’t smoke.

5. People who are married tend to live longer than those who never married, or who are divorced or separated. Of course, don’t just get married for the sake of it.

Those in unhappy relationships tend to lose the health benefits associated with that kind of commitment.

6. If your goal in the latter part of your life is to have long-term loving relationships and many special friends, that is a good recipe for longevity. Maintaining strong social groups and lively interactions keeps you alert, active and involved.

7. Live in the countryside. The less pollution you experience, the healthier you will feel and be. If you can’t move out of the city, make visits to the beach, lake resorts or other open areas a weekly adventure.

The further you are from car exhausts, factory residue and other pollutants, the less your body has to work to fight off these harmful toxins.

Successful aging is really based on good psychology and lifelong choices. Therefore, start now to reduce your stress, to keep your mind active and occupied, and to be the best you can be.

While age keeps creeping up, there is hope that you can turn the clock around and be healthier in your later years.

The goal is to not only live longer, but also to live healthier. Being 90, with a poor quality of life, is not something to aspire towards. Rather, if you can be as healthy as a 60 year old.

It is not too late to change your lifestyle to reflect a healthier way of being, and the time to start is now.

Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2010/12/21/2826729/make-healthy-life-choices-for.html#ixzz18mfRLNW3

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Bodyweight Workout Video – No Exercise Equipment Routine

Posted on 21 December 2010 by mondev

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