According to the National Post: “Nearly everywhere around the world, people are living longer and fewer children are dying. But increasingly, people are grappling with the diseases and disabilities of modern life, according to the most expansive global look so far at life expectancy and the biggest health threats.”
So, how long do I want to live? Well, that all depends, with what quality of life we are talking about? If we are talking about living longer with more chronic disease, no thank you. If we are talking about a long life filled with health and vitality, then sign me up.
Maybe people say they would rather enjoy their life now and live a shorter life but what if that lifestyle of excess doesn’t end your life early just destroys the quality of your life.
“If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
Thanks to modern medicine, the lifesytle of excess doesn’t necessarily kill you sooner. We can now keep you alive longer through chemical intervention, i.e. drugs, but you will live with years, if not, decades of chronic degenerative disease.
“The biggest contributor to the global health burden isn’t premature [deaths], but chronic diseases, injuries, mental health conditions and all the bone and joint diseases.”
“Malnutrition was once the main health threat for children. Now, everywhere except Africa, they are much more likely to overeat than to starve.”
Overeating is actually worse for your long term health than slight undereating.
What we must always remember is that if we do what everyone else does we get what everyone else gets. Right now what everyone else gets is high blood pressure, heart diease, and cancer.
If you want different, you must choose different.