May 5, 2005

Ways To Live Longer

This Forbes Article discusses 10 ways you can help increase your life expectancy.

Among them, the oft-touted “calm down,” “get a dog,” and “eat your antioxidants.” Winning the “Duhhhh” award is “stop smoking.”

The libidinous among us will be happy to know that more sex increases your life expectancy. Certainly, this will be good news to the people who don’t like vegetables and are looking for an alternative.

Also of interest, studies show that sleeping too much or too little lowers life expectancy. More than 8 hours is not good, but neither is 4 or fewer. I usually get about 5, myself.

Finally, they mention a VAP test, an apparently far more accurate test to measure your risk of heart disease. How can a test like this help you? The risk factors are cumulative over time. The sooner you find out you are at risk, the sooner you can get serious about making the sorts of changes that lower your risk, and the more effective those efforts will be.

It’s like trying to stop a freight train going 200 MPH. It’s easier to stop it if you start slowing down 5 miles away from the target than it is if you try to stop it in a few hundred feet.

I want my friends to stick around for a while.

Posted by James at May 5, 2005 4:59 PM
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Good article. I think I shall have to trackback to it. This is information worth spreading around.

Posted by: briwei at May 5, 2005 5:50 PM

And get a physical every couple of years. More frequently as you get older (cough). And when the doctor finds something and says "well, thats not that unusual", have the tests done anyway.

And guys, one word, and its not plastics. Tomatoes. They're VERY good for us.

Friend of mine, who is an exercise and suppliment nut, says "How can I be killed by a jealous husband when I'm 100 if I die of a heart attack at 55?"

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 6, 2005 10:36 AM

I think that's an Irish toast:

May you be killed by a jealous husband at the age of 100.

Posted by: James at May 6, 2005 11:26 AM

In that physical, make sure your doctor checks you for skin cancer. You might not notice a funny freckle or mole on your body (or you might not see it if it's on your back), so having someone check you is important.

Skin cancer, if caught early, can be cured. It can also kill you.

More info is available here:

Posted by: Patti M. at May 6, 2005 11:29 AM

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