Our life expectancy is increasing. According to a report by the Washington D.C. Pew Research Center, the population of people ages 80 and older has grown more rapidly than other segments since 1990. While there were 2.9 centenarians for every 10,000 adults ages 65 and older in 1990, the share grew to 7.4 by 2015 and is further projected to rise to 23.6 by the year 2050. Currently, the average life expectancy in the U.S. is 80, but is aging inevitable?
Improvements in medicine certainly plays a role, and we are now at a key point in healthcare where more and more, people are beginning to understand that the importance of what they eat, the activities they engage in and their daily lifestyle habits can produce better health and a better quality of life. Whereas disease and disability were once thought to be “part of getting older,” many seniors are proving that thought wrong as they stay active and healthier for much longer than previous generations.
We can delay and even prevent age-related diseases and the decline in health that comes with age. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is currently investigating things like antioxidants, calorie restriction and hormone supplements to determine their effectiveness on healthy aging, and while the jury is still out on their verdicts, one thing is clear: nothing compares to a healthy, active lifestyle when it comes to prolonging health and wellness.
There is no fountain of youth and a treatment that works for one person won’t necessarily work for another, but the evidence of healthy aging is all around us as we see seniors in their 80’s who are active and healthy. At the same time, we see seniors in their 60’s or 70’s who have multiple chronic diseases. That’s why we believe that while your age is inevitable, aging is not.
Stay Active – Consistent exercise is the best anti-aging medicine you can give yourself. We’ve all heard the saying, “a body in motion tends to stay in motion,” and that is certainly advice to live by. Most of us lead lives that are too sedentary. Even sitting all day behind a desk and then doing 45 minutes of exercise isn’t enough. We need to keep ourselves active throughout the day. Here are some creative ways to stay active throughout the day.
Watch What You Eat – This one isn’t fun for most people because we tend to want to eat what we want when we want it, and there are so many yummy choices out there that aren’t beneficial to our health. The key is to replace as many processed foods with whole foods (which are real foods provided by nature) as you can. Of course, you’re gonna eat some cookies and chips and maybe even a microwave dinner from time to time, but the more you can eat those things in moderation and replace them with vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and healthy proteins like lean meats and eggs, the younger your body will look and feel. Here’s a great article to help you choose the right foods.
Participate in Your Health – If you won’t take care of yourself on a daily basis, who will? Your doctor is not responsible for your health; you are! That’s why you need to take an active role in your health every day by making healthy lifestyle choices. Grab our free whitepaper today to help you with this: The Essential Role of the Healthcare Consumer.