There is now more information available which could help you lead a healthier life-
There is increasing scientific evidence that healthy lifespan can be increased in animals. These studies have been published in the same journals as Nobel Prize winning discoveries and show without doubt that healthy lifespan can be increased in animals. In 2016 and 2018 papers in the scientific journal Nature which showed an increase in lifespan in non-human primates with a very simple intervention. Subsequently the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has recognised aging itself as a legitimate target for a drug trial in man which is now ongoing.
People in other countries are aware of this information and are using it
It is relatively common in the US to have an awareness of these advances-a friend was on a University campus in the USA and over heard 2 professors in the gym discussing taking the medication Metformin themselves to slow down aging-this is the medication currently being tested in the FDA approved trial. Many people in the US are using this relatively new science to try to extend their own healthy lifespans.
So there is potentially information available to you that you are not aware of.
Very wealthy people in this country are seeking out longevity doctors in other countries
One of my patient’s family have all had longevity advice from a physician in another country. So it seemed the time was right to start a longevity clinic in Manchester.
Different lifestyles in the same geographical area can have a large effect on healthy life expectancy so by altering your lifestyle you could possibly make a large difference to your own healthy life expectancy
The central issue for most people is not lifespan-it is mainly about healthspan ie how long we can live life in a healthy condition. For instance in Manchester healthspan is 58 years in Rochdale and 74 years in Timperley-a 16 year difference. It is very likely that there are changes that you could make to your lifestyle that you are not aware of which would make a difference to your healthspan.
You may not be aware of the statistics of various illnesses in later life and so not be protecting against the correct ones as well as you could
Developing dementia towards the end of life is an increasingly likely occurrence, and a particularly horrible illness. It can be very unpleasant for the person with it but also extremely draining and exhausing for the spouse/partner and immediate family.
The process in the brain starts as young as 50-60 years old and can be very significantly reduced by the proper lifestyle choices.
However in reducing the risk with lifestyle but you need to know what you are doing. Some things which people are sure will help do not and other things which do help people have not heard of.
You may wish to have a short consultation once in your life to obtain more information about avoiding dementia.
You will not be able to get this information from you GP.
GPs are excellent but there are not enough of them. GP appointments are short on time and not plentiful. GPs can barely cope with those on their list with a problem-they simply do not have time to talk to all the well patients on their list about how to avoid aging unnecessarily quickly or badly.
You will not be able to get this information from health checks and health screening.
Health checks and health screening are focused on detecting problems that you already have. They are not really focused on the effect of aging on your body over the next 30-40 years.